Emma Thompson Claims She Was “Completely Ignorant” to Her Ex-husband Kenneth Branagh’s Affairs on the Set.
Emma Thompson, winner of two Academy Awards, has admitted that she was “completely oblivious” to her ex-husband Kenneth Branagh’s on-set relationships with other actresses and that she was left in a state of devastation when she found out about them.
After meeting each other on the set of the 1987 drama series “Fortunes of War,” the star of “Love Actually” eventually tied the knot with Branagh in the year 1989.
Helena Bonham Carter, who played his love interest in the film “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” which Kenneth Branagh also directed, became public knowledge when the couple’s marriage came to an end in 1995. At that time, it was discovered that Branagh had been seeing fellow actress Helena Bonham Carter.
In the edition of the New Yorker that was published in November, Thompson, who played with Bonham Carter in the literary adaption “Howard’s End” in 1992, spoke of the agony and humiliation she experienced when she found out.
According to what Thompson said to the journalist John Lahr, “I was completely, completely oblivious to the notion that he had relationships with other women on site.” “What I came to see is how simple it is to fool oneself when one is motivated solely by the desire to do so.”
The relationship between Branagh and Bonham Carter lasted for a total of five years after it began. In an interview that she gave in the year 2020 to the Guardian, Bonham Carter stated that the controversy that surrounded their relationship was “all blood under the bridge.”
When asked about the impact on her mental health of the dissolution of her marriage of six years, Thompson stated, “I was half alive.” There was no longer any trace of a feeling that I was a person who could be loved or who deserved respect.
CNN has reached out to representatives for both Branagh and Bonham Carter for more comment.
Thompson, whose film credits also include “Matilda” and “Nanny McPhee,” found love again with Greg Wise, her co-star in “Sense and Sensibility,” for which she earned an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Other films that Thompson has been in include “Matilda” and “Nanny McPhee.”
She stated that Wise, whom she wed in 2003 and who is the father of the couple’s two children, “picked up the pieces and put them back together.”
When asked about her life with Wise, Thompson replied, “I’ve learnt more from my second marriage just by being married.” Thompson is currently in her second marriage. My mother always says, “The first twenty years are the hardest,” and I couldn’t agree more.