It is not uncommon to find people wondering what Emma Thompson’s age is. The English actress has not only been involved in many things including writing, comedy, and activism, she also seems ageless with a career that has lingered for close to four decades.
Celebrated for her contributions to drama, Emma has also enjoyed a happy and successful family life with Greg Wise. They got married in 2003 and together, they have built a family that only seems to grow stronger. Having been often asked how she has managed to remain relevant in her career and still maintain an enviable homefront, the revelations have been endless. Among the many things fans are interested in is why the actress does not age.
How Old Is Emma Thompson?
Born on April 15, 1959, Emma Thompson’s age doesn’t seem to reflect much on her physical appearance. She was born in Paddington London, which is also where she was brought up by parents who were likewise involved in the world of make-believe; Phyllida Law and Eric Thompson. Beyond having a father who was involved with the theatre and an actress mother, she also has a younger sister who did not stray from the family path. Her sister is actress Sophia Thompson.
Even though she was surrounded by creative people, Emma did not start acting as early as many would expect. She kicked off her career in her 20s, in the early 1980s and by 1987, she was already known for works such as Tutti Frutti and Fortunes of War, both of which did not just earn her fame but also got her the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress.
From then on, her career blossomed and today, she is one of the most celebrated actresses in England with many awards, including the Academy Awards, Primetime Emmy Award, BAFTA Awards, as well as Golden Globe Awards to her name. She is also an enigmatic figure who has been involved in activism and a few other things.
At What Age Did She Get Married?
While filming Fortunes of War, at the age of 28, the actress met Kenneth Branagh whom she dated until 1989 when they tied the knot and were soon tagged the golden couple by the media. By 1995, when she was 36 years of age, their marriage collapsed when it was revealed that Branagh was in a love affair with Helena Bonham Carter who further investigations revealed he had been with since the previous year in 1994.
In the same year that her marriage came to an end, Thompson met Greg Wise while working on the film, Sense and Sensibility, for which she would receive more than ten awards, including an Oscars for Best Writing. At the time, she was battling depression that came as a result of her failed marriage. She would later reveal that apart from her work, it was Wise who saved her and made her laugh again.
The couple would continue dating until 2003 when they got married in Dunoon, Argyll. At the time they tied the knot, Emma Thompson was 44 years old and seven years older than her husband who was 37 at the time. Despite this glaring age difference, the two have remained very happy together.
Who Are Emma and Greg’s Children?
Although Emma Thompson’s first marriage to Kenneth lasted for almost five years, it did not produce any child which has been attributed to the fact that she was more invested in growing her career. She birthed her first child at 39 years of age in 1999 after having conceived through IVF. Emma calls Gaia a miracle child because she had her without any drugs.
Because her father and an uncle she was close to both died young, the actress had her mind set on contributing to the next generation with big numbers. As a result of this, they would attempt for the next three years to have more kids through IVF but all would come to end in disappointment. At Emma Thompson’s age when she attempted having more children, she confessed she knew it was going to be hard and although it was heartbreaking, she allowed some space to accommodate yet another child that came when she and husband Greg Wise adopted a son, Tindyebwa Agaba who is popularly called Tindy.
At the time she met Tindy, he was a boy of 16, a former child soldier from Liberia. He was 9 years old when he lost his father to AIDS and his mother and sister disappeared during the Rwandan genocide. He was forced into becoming a child soldier but would later flee the African country through an aid agency.
In Britain, life continued to be hard for Tindy who neither had friends nor a home and so, he sometimes had to sleep in Trafalgar Square. Fortunately, the Refugee Council came to his aid and when Thompson and Wise heard his story, they brought him in for Christmas and legally adopted him afterward.