They were Britain’s favorite couple. In 1987, on the set of the mini-series Fortunes of War, Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson fell in love with each other. They officially unite in 1989, and support each other in the city as well as on the screen, where they give each other countless times. They notably share the poster of Look Back in Anger, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Dead Again and Peter’s Friends, to the point that on British territory, they soon form an inseparable duo. However, an event will cut short the passionate love story of the two actors.
In 1994, on the set of the film Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, of which he is the director, Kenneth Branagh met Helena Bonham Carter, then 28 years old. Actress and producer fall in love, which ends up reaching Emma Thompson’s ears. A year later, in 1995, the heroine of Reason and Feelings announced her divorce from Kenneth Branagh. The filmmaker will remain in a relationship with Bonham Carter until 1999.
Emma Thompson: “Helena and I made peace years ago”
For her part, Emma Thompson found love in the arms of Greg Wise, which allowed her to turn the page on her aborted relationship with Branagh. “Work saved me and Greg saved me. He picked up the pieces and rebuilt me,” the actress later told The Guardian. Now mother of two children, Gaia, born in 1998 and Tindyebwa Agaba, adopted in 2003, Emma Thompson has turned the page on the past. In an interview with the Sunday Times, she even revealed that she buried the hatchet with Helena Bonham Carter: “The water has flowed under the bridges. You can’t stay on something like this. It’s pointless. I don’t have the energy for that. Helena and I made peace years ago. ” Since 2020, Emma Thompson and Greg Wise live in Italy, in the city of Venice.
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