Born into a family of actors on the 15th of April 1959, Emma Thompson has been one of the shining lights of the British film industry over the last three decades. Blessed with a natural charm, poise and a wittiness that comes in handy in front of the camera, Emma is any director’s delight. The subject of Emma Thompson’s net worth is one that often comes to mind considering the number of commercially successful movies she has been a part of. Projects like Sense and Sensibility, Men in Black 3, Saving Mr. Banks were huge commercial successes and skyrocketed her earnings just as much as they increased her award haul.
Emma Thompson is married to actor Greg Wise whom she met on the set of Sense and Sensibility. Before then, she was married to actor and director Kenneth Branagh with whom she made several appearances in the earlier days of her acting career. Despite her influence and wealth, Emma lives a rather simple life, she still lives on the street where she grew up and her mum, veteran actress Phyllida Law lives opposite her home. Her sister resides just down the road.
How Much Does Emma Thompson Make From Her Movies?
Soon after graduating with upper second-class honours in English from the Newnham College, University of Cambridge, she started with small gigs such as There’s Nothing To Worry About! in 1982. Her first commercially successful film was in the 1987 television series Fortunes of War where she played Harriet Pringle. She followed that up with appearances in Henry V (1989), Dead Again (1991), and Peter’s Friends in 1992.
While it is difficult to narrow down on the exact figures she made from these initial jobs, Emma Thompson became a more visible player in the big league. The commercial successes of these projects launched her career, laying the foundation for bigger movies, more importantly, in Hollywood.
Throughout the ’90s and into the early 2000s, Emma was a part of many wonderful movies, most of which raked in elite awards. Though they were critically acclaimed, they didn’t necessarily boost her earnings dramatically.
These included Howards End through which she won an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress for the period drama, The Remains of the Day, which earned her two Academy Award nominations. Her biggest outing in the ’90s came in 1995’s Sense and Sensibility for which she became the only person to receive Academy Awards for both acting and writing.
Emma Thompson hit the jackpot with performances in the Harry Potter film series between 2004 and 2011. The success of Harry Potter was such that everyone linked to the movie experienced a leap in their earnings. It raked in $7.7 billion in worldwide earnings. However, the exact amount Emma was paid for playing Sybil Trelawney in Harry Potter has never been disclosed.
Another Emma Thompson film that did well commercially is 2007’s I am Legend which grossed $585.3 million at the box office. In 2012, Emma stared as Queen Elinor in Brave, a film that made an impressive $540.4 million at the box office. Her portrayal of Agent O in Men in Black III also proved a very rewarding commercial venture as the film pulled in $179.1 million at the box office.
What Is Emma Thompson’s Net Worth?
The core of Emma Thompson’s career is centred on acting, but her enduring talent and versatility have meant that she is an accomplished screenwriter, author, activist, and comedian. She is also an entrepreneur, she owns the Fat Thompson Burger chain. She also owns the clothing line Emma Thompson Seduction. The perfume brand “With Love from Emma” is also part of her investments.
Emma Thompson’s net worth is also boosted by her real estate ventures, she owns a house in England worth approximately £4 million and another residence in Scotland. Emma produced her first film In 2010, a comedy titled Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang. She also authored The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit in 2012. The next year, she wrote a follow-up book titled The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit in the series.
Emma is an ActionAid Ambassador and Patron of The Refugee Council and all these commitments are juggled alongside a hectic acting schedule. With these varying range of interests, Emma Thompson’s net worth is put at approximately $64 Million.