Appeared on ABC sitcom "Ellen" as a British actress named 'Emma Thompson' who reveals she is a lesbian from Ohio
Cast as the wife of a presidential candidate (John Travolta) in Mike Nichols-directed "Primary Colors"
Worked with Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry in sketch comedy series "Alfresco"
Cast as Sibyl Trelawney, the ethereal and quirky professor of divination in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"
Made memorable guest role on NBC sitcom "Cheers" as Nanny Gee, a woman from Dr. Frasier Crane's past
Played a rare comic lead in "Junior" opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger
Starred in British TV drama "The Blue Boy"; first collaboration with mother Phyllida Law, who played her on-screen mother
Starred with Robbie Coltrane in six-hour BBC miniseries "Tutti Frutti"
Voiced the narrator dictating Will Ferrell's life in Marc Forster comedy "Stranger Than Fiction"
Played Harriet Pringle opposite Kenneth Branagh in BBC miniseries "Fortunes of War"
Wrote and performed one-woman show "Short Vehicle" at the Edinburgh Fringe
Cast opposite Kenneth Branagh in stage revival of "Look Back in Anger"; directed by Judi Dench
Co-starred with Dustin Hoffman in romantic comedy "Last Chance Harvey"
Played on-screen mother and daughter opposite her real-life mother in "The Winter Guest," directed by Alan Rickman
Reprised role of Professor Sybill Trelawney in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
Reprised title role and wrote screenplay for family comedy sequel "Nanny McPhee Returns"; also executive produced
Reprised role of Professor Sybill Trelawney for seventh and final installment "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," directed by David Yates
Earned a Grammy nomination for narrating <i>Nanny McPhee Returns</i>
Cast in "Men in Black III" opposite Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones
Cast in dual role as Mrs. Lincoln and Sarafine in feature adaptation of young adult fantasy novel "Beautiful Creatures"
Starred with Pierce Brosnan in the comedy "The Love Punch"
Wrote and co-starred in period drama "Effie Gray"
Co-starred with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte in "A Walk in the Woods"
Played the British Prime Minister in Rowan Atkinson vehicle "Johnny English Strikes Again"
Lent her voice to Laika's stop-motion adventure "Missing Link"
Co-wrote, co-produced, co-directed and performed with Cambridge's first all-female revue "Woman's Hour"
Received an Oscar nomination for her role as the lawyer for the Guildford Four in Jim Sheridan's "In the Name of the Father"
Acted with Cambridge University's theatrical club the Footlights
Made film debut in "The Tall Guy"
Hosted and wrote own BBC-TV comedy-variety series "Thompson"
Made screenwriting debut with adaptation of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility," directed by Ang Lee; also co-starred
Acted role of Katherine in "Henry V"; again directed by Branagh, who also co-starred
Breakthrough screen role, co-starring with Anthony Hopkins in Merchant-Ivory production "Howards End"
Re-teamed with Nichols to play the Angel in HBO miniseries adaption of "Angels in America"; earned SAG and Emmy nominations
Returned to acting in Mike Nichols' TV adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Wit" (HBO), playing a professor who develops ovarian cancer; also co-wrote screenplay with Nichols; earned Emmy nominations for writing and acting
Co-starred opposite Robert Lindsay in hit West End musical "Me and My Girl"
Earned an Oscar nomination for her performance as a housekeeper in Merchant-Ivory's "The Remains of the Day"; again co-starred with Hopkins
Played a governess who uses magic to rein in the behavior of seven ne'er-do-well children in "Nanny McPhee"; also wrote screenplay
Starred in Richard Curtis' directorial debut "Love Actually"
Voiced Queen Elinor in Disney Pixar animated feature "Brave"
Starred as "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers opposite Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks"
Portrayed Dr. Rawlings in "Bridget Jones's Baby"
Voiced Mrs. Potts in Bill Condon's live-action Disney remake "Beauty and the Beast"
Co-starred with Adam Sandler and Dustin Hoffman in the critically acclaimed comedy drama "The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)"
Co-starred with Stanley Tucci in Richard Eyre's "The Children Act," based on the novel by Ian McEwan