Emma Thompson (born 1959) is a British actress, comedian, screenwriter and author.
In 1977, she began studying for an English degree at Newnham College, University of Cambridge. During this time, Emma had a “seminal moment” that turned her to feminism and inspired her to take up performing. She had discovered the book The Madwoman in the Attic, “which is about Victorian female writers and the disguises they took on in order to express what they wanted to express. This completely changed her lif.
“I’m an atheist; I suppose you can call me a sort of libertarian anarchist. I regard religion with fear and suspicion. It’s not enough to say that I don’t believe in God. I actually regard the system as distressing: I am offended by some of the things said in the Bible and the Qur’an and I refute them.” Despite this, she has said that “The guiding moral principles, the ethical principles, much of the philosophy of the Christian tradition, if properly applied, is very good”.
Emma is outspoken on the environment and human rights, and has authored two books.