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Also Known As: Sophie Care Thompson, Sophie C. Thomson Died:
Born: Cause of Death:
Birth Place: England, GB Profession: actor

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The dark-haired younger sister of England's darling, Emma Thompson, Sophie Thompson has been turning in impressive supporting performances in films since the mid-1990s. The daughter of two stage veterans, Thompson began her professional career behind the footlights, specializing in Shakespeare, acting with such renowned companies as the Old Vic, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Theatre Company. Among the plays in which she has appeared are "The Winter's Tale", "Much Ado About Nothing", "As You Like It" and "Hamlet". Thompson has also scored in non-Shakespearean plays and musicals, including Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls", "Bedtime Story", "Period of Adjustment" and "The Chalk Garden". Her 1994 performance in Alan Ayckbourn's "Wildest Dreams" earned her an Olivier Award nomination and she won the award in 1996 as the nervous fast-talking bride Amy in an acclaimed revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Company".Much of Thompson's television work has gone unseen outside of Britain, such as BBC productions of "The Crucible", "Casualty", "Bomber Harris", "A Traveller in Time" and the comedy series "Nelson's Column". She showed up in the US on an episode of sister Emma's variety show...

The dark-haired younger sister of England's darling, Emma Thompson, Sophie Thompson has been turning in impressive supporting performances in films since the mid-1990s. The daughter of two stage veterans, Thompson began her professional career behind the footlights, specializing in Shakespeare, acting with such renowned companies as the Old Vic, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Theatre Company. Among the plays in which she has appeared are "The Winter's Tale", "Much Ado About Nothing", "As You Like It" and "Hamlet". Thompson has also scored in non-Shakespearean plays and musicals, including Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls", "Bedtime Story", "Period of Adjustment" and "The Chalk Garden". Her 1994 performance in Alan Ayckbourn's "Wildest Dreams" earned her an Olivier Award nomination and she won the award in 1996 as the nervous fast-talking bride Amy in an acclaimed revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Company".

Much of Thompson's television work has gone unseen outside of Britain, such as BBC productions of "The Crucible", "Casualty", "Bomber Harris", "A Traveller in Time" and the comedy series "Nelson's Column". She showed up in the US on an episode of sister Emma's variety show "Thompson" and a Granada production, "Sherlock Holmes: The Master Blackmailer" (aired on PBS in 1993).

Her film career began slowly, with a bit part (as a Mission girl) in the comedy "The Missionary" (1981). She returned to stage and TV work until 1986, when she had another small role in "The Death of the Heart" and it was another five years before she resurfaced in the romantic comedy "Twenty-One", as the best friend of heroine Patsy Kensit. Film fame first arrived with the 1994 smash hit "Four Weddings and a Funeral", in which Thompson portrayed Lydia, bride number two. Next came a Jane Austen double-header: she was delightful as the hypochondriac sister of Anne Elliott (Amanda Root) in Roger Michell's "Persuasion" (1995) and gave a brilliant performance as the endearingly annoying Miss Bates in Douglas McGrath's "Emma" (1996). In the latter, Thompson's onscreen mother was played by her mum, Phyllida Law.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Monte Carlo (2011)
3.
 Eat Pray Love (2010)
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6.
 Gosford Park (2001) Dorothy
7.
 Relative Values (2000) Moxie
8.
 Dancing At Lughnasa (1998) Rose Mundy
9.
 Emma (1996) Miss Bates
10.
 Persuasion (1995) Mary Musgrove--Anne'S Sister
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After graduating from drama school, began career appearing in repertory productions
1981:
Film debut, "The Missionary"
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Spent several seasons appearing with the Royal Shakespeare Company
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Made appearances in small roles (often with her mother) on her sister Emma's TV series "Thompson"
1991:
First major supporting role in "Twenty-One"
1995:
First appearance in a Jane Austen adaptation, played Mary Musgrove in "Persuation"
1996:
Co-starred with her mother in Douglas McGrath's adaptation of Jane Austen's "Emma"; also first US film
1998:
Played the "slow" sister Rose in the ensemble drama "Dancing at Lughnasa"
2000:
Was featured in "Relative Values", a film adaptation of the Noel Coward work starring Julie Andrews
2001:
Cast as one of the maids in the Robert Altman-directed period mystery "Gosford Park"
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Education

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School: -

Notes

On her sister Emma Thompson: "We can't be compared, really. We've never done the same sort of work, and we're never up for the same parts. Which is just as well--it'd be hideous, wouldn't it? And we don't even look alike." --Sophie Thompson in LOS ANGELES TIMES, July 28, 1996

"She's not as much of a leading lady as her sister, but she's really funny and has a great face. She's not FAT, but she's not skinny. To try to conform to the Hollywood idea of sex and glamour would be foolish. She should stay herself." --casting director Billy Hopkins quoted in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, October 25, 1995.

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husband:
Richard Lumsden. Actor. Married in October 1995.

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father:
Eric Thompson. Stage director. Died in 1982 at age 53.
sister:
Emma Thompson. Actor, screenwriter. Born 1959; appeared in such films as "Howards End", "The Remains of the Day" and "Sense and Sensibility".
son:
Ernest Lumsden. Born in 1997.

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