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The two-time Academy Award winner’s next film, Alone in Berlin, in which she and Brendan Gleeson play a couple resisting the Nazi regime, will premiere in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival next month. And next year, the actress will portray Mrs. Potts opposite her former Hogwarts student Emma Watson in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast.
In November, Thompson won her first Scottish BAFTA for playing Robert Carlyle’s “raucously broad-accented, chain-smoking schemer” of a mother in the actor and first-time director’s dark comedy The Legend of Barney Thomson. She also appeared last year as Robert Redford’s wife in A Walk in the Woods and Bradley Cooper’s doctor in Burnt.
Thompson took home a best actress Oscar for 1992’s Howards End and a best screenplay Oscar for 1995’s Sense and Sensibility to go with Academy-nominated turns in that Jane Austen adaptation as well as The Remains of the Day and In the Name of the Father. Among her many other acclaimed and memorable credits are Saving Mr. Banks, the Harry Potter franchise, Nanny McPhee, Love Actually, Primary Colors, Much Ado About Nothing and HBO’s Angels in America and Wit.
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