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Emma Thompson felt ‘half alive’ after learning of Kenneth Branagh’s cheating

Emma Thompson felt ‘half alive’ after learning of Kenneth Branagh’s cheating

Emma Thompson is coming clean about the pain she felt years ago after finding out her then-husband Kenneth Branagh was cheating on her.

“I was half alive,” famous British actor told the New Yorker in a profile Published this week. “Any sense of being lovable or worthy is completely gone.”

Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh in 1993.

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Thompson and Branagh met while costarring on the BBC’s “Fortunes of War” and married in 1989. According to people. But by 1995, their marriage fell apart after Branagh began an affair with Helena Bonham Carter, whom he had met while working on “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” Branagh directed and starred as scientist Victor Frankenstein in the 1994 movie, in which Carter played him. Adopted sister and fiancé.

Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter Inn "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein."
Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter in “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.”

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“I was completely blindsided that he was having affairs with other women on set,” Thompson told The New Yorker. “What I’ve learned is how easy it is to be blinded by your own desire to deceive yourself.”

Thompson credits Greg Wise, one of his costars on 1995’s “Sense and Sensibility,” for getting him back on his feet. Wise “picked up the pieces and put them back together,” he said. The two were a couple for 27 years and married in 2003.

Greg Wise and Emma Thompson in 2019.
Greg Wise and Emma Thompson in 2019.

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Branagh and Bonham Carter had previously been together for several years Split in 1999.

Thompson previously said her memorable performance in 2003’s “Love Actually” — in which her character discovers her husband has bought an expensive necklace for another woman — was Inspired by his experience With Branagh.

“My heart was broken so badly by Ken,” he told the Telegraph. “So I knew what it was like to find the necklace that wasn’t meant for me. Well, it wasn’t exactly that, but we’ve all been through it.”

But Thompson also made it clear that he held nothing against Bonham Carter.

“Helena and I made our peace years ago … she’s a wonderful woman,” Thompson said.




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