Was originally slated to play the role of "God" in Kevin Smith's Dogma (1999). She was unable to perform due to her pregnancy.
Shares birthday with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) co-star Emma Watson.
She was ranked fifth in the 2001 Orange Film Survey of greatest British film actresses.
Her brother-in-law is Richard Lumsden, a British actor-comedian.
Won both of her Oscars for films that also featured actors she would work with again in the Harry Potter films. Helena Bonham Carter, who appeared in Howards End (1992), also played Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007). Alan Rickman, who appeared in Sense and Sensibility (1995), has played Professor Severus Snape in all the films so far.
One of only ten actors who have been nominated for both a Supporting and Lead Acting Academy Award in the same year for their achievements in two different movies. The other nine are Fay Bainter, Cate Blanchett, Teresa Wright, Barry Fitzgerald (nominated in both categories for the same role in the same movie), Jessica Lange, Sigourney Weaver, Al Pacino , Holly Hunter, Julianne Moore and Jamie Foxx. Holly Hunter received her double-nomination in the same year that Thompson did.
Read English Literature at Cambridge.
Was named to the Board of Advisors for Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival (previously Fahrenheit Theater Company) in Cincinnati, Ohio.
She is the only person to have won Academy awards for both acting and writing. She won Best Actress for Howards End (1992), and Best Adapted Screenplay for Sense and Sensibility (1995).
Ranked #91 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. (October 1997)
She was a member of the Cambridge Footlights and in 1981, along with Stephen Fry, Tony Slattery, Hugh Laurie, Paul Dwyer and Paul Shearer, she became the winner of the first ever Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Accepted the role of Professor Trelawny in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) to impress her daughter, Gaia.
Has one song dedicated to her and named after her, on famous French singer Georges Moustaki's album, "Moustaki", released in 2003.
Though she is not seen in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) after her character is fired, it is her voice that speaks the prophecy that Harry retrieves at the end of the film.
Is good friends with Meryl Streep after starring with her in Angels in America.
Was considered for the lead role of Emma Peel in the high-profile film adaptation of The Avengers.
Played Hugh Grant's love interest in Sense and Sensibility (1995) and his sister in in Love Actually (2003).
Her performance as Miss Kenton in The Remains of the Day (1993) is ranked #52 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
Keeps her Oscar statuettes in her bathroom
Lives across the street from her mother and down the street from her sister.
Speaks French and Spanish fluently.
She was initially cast as the lead in Basic Instinct (1992), but refused later on. About Sharon Stone's appearance she said: "As far as I can see, from Sharon Stone's love scene in Basic Instinct (1992), they molded her body out of tough Plasticine. She was shagging Michael Douglas like a donkey, and not an inch moved. If that had been me, there would have been things flying around hitting me in the eye".
Turned down the Jodie Foster role in Anna and the King (1999).