Emma Thompson’s latest release Good Luck To You, Leo Grande left viewers wanting more after seeing the trailer as she embarks on her most risqué role yet. The movie sees her abandon her usual supporting role for a character that is very much front and center whilst still capturing the British icon’s wicked sense of humor that fans have grown to love over the years.
Her latest release prompted many fans to look back over her previous movies, where they discovered that the hilarious ‘Nancy Stokes’ might not even be her funniest character. From talking teapots to a professor in the wizarding world, there are several other movies that perfectly capture Emma Thompson’s hilarious British wit.
10 Love Actually (2003)
Love Actually is a must-watch Christmas favorite among British fans, who have remained dedicated to the movie since its release in 2003. Emma Thompson may not have had the happiest of storylines alongside her movie counterparts, but in her heartbreak, she still provided viewers with a good laugh through her British charm and off-the-cuff comments.
Her character embodies the typical motherly figure with many scenes showing her dedication to building a nativity costume from scratch, even if it is a lobster. However, it’s her acidic sense of humor that made fans really laugh when she likened childhood barbie dolls to something wildly inappropriate, and whilst many fans had to cover their mouths to stifle their laughter, others could see her point.
9 Beauty And The Beast (2017)
The 2017 version of Beauty And The Beast is one of the best live-action remakes to date and sees Emma Thompson reimagined in teapot form as Mrs. Potts. Through her voice alone, Emma Thompson captures fans’ hearts and provides them with a thoroughly believable live-action Mrs. Potts by mirroring that charming but authoritative tone viewers know and love from the animated flick.
Within the movie, Emma Thompson abandons her usual posher accent and instead replaces it with a cockney twang in a bid to bring Mrs. Potts to life. She does an incredible job of capturing the cockney charm and encompasses the motherly wit through her voice, encouraging viewers to let out a chuckle as she orders people around whilst also emanating playful, comedic energy.
8 Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
Much Ado About Nothing brought Shakespeare to viewers’ screens and continues to be a favorite for many literary fans due to its ability to accurately portray the page onscreen. The movie captures Emma Thompson’s likeness to the English rose through its Shakespearian charm that is cleverly contrasted by Beatrice’s disregard for Benedict.
Beatrice encapsulates the opposite of what a woman was expected to be like in Shakespearian time, resulting in viewers finding her rebellion hilarious. She consistently challenges the norm and is known for her fiery argumentative streak that results in a series of offensive yet incredibly funny comebacks that still pack a punch even today, with her sharp tongue left viewers both stunned and cackling.
7 Late Night (2019)
Late Night may have underperformed at the 2019 box office, but fans have been revisiting the funny flick after hearing about Emma Thompson’s newest release. The movie sees her stray from being a supporting actress and occupying a starring role as a ruthless and egotistical talk show host before her powerful image soon comes crashing down.
Her character, Katherine Newbury, perfectly captures a fall from grace as she cleverly showcases a light-hearted power crisis through comedy and friendship. Katherine pays homage to Miranda Priestley through her icy stare and satirical joke-telling, which perhaps made her character so funny in the beginning. But as the movie progresses, Emma Thompson’s sudden nervous outbreak left viewers howling as she clung to her job and poked fun at Hollywood, resonating with everyday viewers.
6 The Love Punch (2013)
The Love Punch challenges the usual rom-com viewers see on their screens by instead offering a chaotic but hilarious romantic comedy that also brings the action. The unlikely pairing of Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan proved to be the perfect onscreen combo, with their obvious chemistry and shared humor leaving fans in stitches as they rooted for the divorced duo to rekindle their romance.
The movie includes a wacky plot that sees the pair rope in their neighbors to outsmart the corporate world and those that work within it. Whilst both of the pair left fans laughing, it was Emma Thompson that slightly topped it when she adopted a series of unbelievable accents and outlandish outfits that left fans reaching for the tissues.
5 Men In Black 3 (2012)
The Men In Black franchise may have missed a golden opportunity to tell a better story, but it certainly entertained fans through wacky humor, unique alien appearances, and a star-studded cast. Although Agent O did not appear until the franchise’s third installment, she definitely provided fans with a memorable performance that many still quote even today.
Emma Thompson’s role as Agent O had the potential to be a more serious and stern character but soon proved to live up to the franchise’s wacky charm when she delivered a speech at Zed’s funeral. Emma Thompson’s ability to say her lines without as much as a smile impressed fans who weren’t as prepared for her unexpected outburst of gibberish. Many fans found themselves trying to contain their laughter in a quiet movie theater as Will Smith also shared viewers’ dilemma as to whether to remain speechless or break the ice with laughter.
4 Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016)
Bridget Jones’ Baby was a welcomed addition to the franchise and once again provided fans an insight into the chaotic lifestyle of Bridget Jones, but Emma Thompson also captured the attention of fans. Within the movie, she plays Bridget’s doctor, and although she has the overall look of a medical professional down to a T, she does not always act the most professional.
Her part may have only been small, but she stole the show when she performed a reenactment of Groundhog Day as Bridget shared there was more than one potential father. Dr. Rawlings explicitly said what viewers were thinking with a smirk plastered across her face. Her sarcastic manner often led to fans bursting into laughter, especially in the birth scene when she exclaimed they had hit the jackpot with all fathers being present.
3 Nanny McPhee (2005)
Nanny McPhee is a magical movie that some fans argue is slightly better than Harry Potter, but lucky for Emma Thompson fans, she appears in both. Nanny McPhee proved to be very different from the average nanny and instead provided younger viewers with a mischievous motherly figure that they equally wanted to meet and avoid.
Nanny McPhee had families laughing from start to finish as she exceeded her strict appearance and taught the children how to behave through mystical consequences that left adult viewers in tears as they wished for those same cruel but side-splitting repercussions for their own.
2 The Harry Potter Series (2001-2011)
Whether it’s her nervous disposition or her oversized rounded glasses, Professor Trelawney may have started as a supporting role, but it’s safe to say she became somewhat of a British icon. The professor conjured up everything viewers expected when faced with a teacher of the wizarding world, but it was not just her appearance that captured fans’ attention.
Professor Trelawney embodies the essence of spirituality in her eccentric persona that is both sensitive and hilariously captivating as she consistently invades the personal space of her pupils in a bid to tell them their fate. Whilst the validity of her readings is often questioned, her character does not lack self-belief and is perhaps one of many things that makes her such a ridiculous but lovable comedic character.
1 Last Christmas (2019)
Through its clever combination of comedy, drama, and romance, Last Christmas proved to be the perfect Christmas watch that exceeded expectations in all aspects, including its brilliant soundtrack. Within the movie, Emma Thompson takes on a supporting role as Kates’ mother, a Yugoslavian immigrant who continuously shares her suspicions about the world.
Her paranoia often leaves her mind in a frenzy that results in Kate occupying the mother role herself despite Petra’s best interest to protect her own. Her zany and outlandish character embodied the overbearing mother role as she permanently hounded Kate over her health, to the point that viewers could not contain their laughter at her constant dark wit.
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