Emma Thompson is an award-winning actor, writer, and producer. Her 1992 portrayal of Margaret Schlegel in the Merchant-Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster’s Howards End earned her numerous best actress awards, including a BAFTA, Los Angeles Film Critics Award, New York Film Critics Award, Golden Globe, and Academy Award. In 1995 Ms. Thompson’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, directed by Ang Lee, won numerous awards for its screenplay, including the Academy Award, and her performance earned her a BAFTA. This December she starred as P.L. Travers in Disney’s feature film Saving Mr. Banks, winning the National Board of Review Best Actress Award as well as Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA, and Critics Choice nominations.
Ms. Thompson’s other film credits include The Tall Guy, Henry V, Dead Again, Peter’s Friends, Much Ado About Nothing, Remains of the Day, In the Name of the Father, Junior, Carrington, The Winter Guest, Primary Colors, Wit, Angels in America, Imagining Argentina, Love Actually,numerous Harry Potter films, Stranger Than Fiction, Last Chance Harvey, Brave, Men in Black 3, and the Nanny McPhee films, for which she also wrote the screenplay and served as executive producer. Love Punch, co-starring Pierce Brosnan, will open this spring. Her recent television roles include BBC Two’s Song of Lunch and Sprout/SKY ARTS Walking the Dogs.
To mark Peter Rabbit’s 110th anniversary, Ms. Thompson was commissioned to write a 24th tale — the first time Frederick Warne, the publisher, added a title to Beatrix Potter’s series; the resulting book, The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, was published in September 2012, and in October 2013 Penguin published her The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit.
Emma Thompson is an active supporter of the Helen Bamber Foundation, a U.K.-based human rights organization that works to help rebuild the lives of survivors of gross human rights violations. She is also an Ambassador for the international development agency ActionAid, and has spoken out publicly about her support for its work addressing Africa’s HIV/AIDS epidemic.
These performances mark Ms. Thompson’s New York Philharmonic debut and New York stage debut.