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Emma Thompson says she was ‘completely blindsided’ by ex-husband Kenneth Branagh’s affair with Helena Bonham Carter

Emma Thompson says she was ‘completely blindsided’ by ex-husband Kenneth Branagh’s affair with Helena Bonham Carter

Emma Thompson reflected on the humiliation she felt after her ex-husband Kenneth Branagh was unfaithful.

The 63 years old actresswho was married to Branagh, 61, from 1989 to 1995, told the New Yorker that she was completely unaware he was having an affair with his “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” co-star Helena Bonham Carter.

“I was completely blindsided that he was having affairs with other women on set,” Thompson said in a recent interview.

Emma Thompson said she was blindsided by ex-husband Kenneth Branagh’s affair with Helena Bonham Carter.
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He continued, “What I’ve learned is how easy it is to be blinded by your own will to deceive yourself.”

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The “Cruella” star told the outlet that her emotional state was like broken food. “I was half alive,” he explained. “Any sense of being lovable or worthy is completely gone.”

In addition to being married, the former couple worked together on film projects, casting Branagh in movies that Thompson directed. They starred together in several films including Henry V (1989), Dead Again (1991), Peter’s Friends (1992) and Much Ado About Nothing (1993).

Branagh and Thompson were married from 1989 to 1995.

Branagh and Thompson were married from 1989 to 1995.
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Bran’s relationship with Bonham Carter Started in 1994 when he directed and starred in “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” opposite the “Dark Shadows” actress.

By 1995, Branagh and Thompson’s marriage was crumbling but they had not yet announced their plans to separate.

At the time, Thompson was filming the period piece “Sense and Sensibility” based on Jane Austen’s 1811 novel of the same name. He told the New Yorker that it was his “Sense and Sensibility” co-star Greg Wise, “who picked up the pieces and put them back together.”

Bonham Carter and Branagh dated for five years before splitting in 1999.

Bonham Carter and Branagh dated for five years before splitting in 1999.
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Thompson and Wise have now been together for 27 years and married for 19 years. “I learned more from my second marriage than just being married,” she said. “As my mother says, ‘The first twenty years are the hardest.’ “

The two are daughter Gaia, 22, and son, 34-year-old Tindebwa. In 1993, Thompson met Tindebwa, a Rwandan refugee and former child soldier. The actress and Wise welcomed the then 16-year-old into their family and officially adopted him in 2004.

Carter, 56, and Branagh dated for five years before going their separate ways in 1999.

Thompson and actor and producer Greg Wise have been together for 27 years and married for 19.

Thompson and actor and producer Greg Wise have been together for 27 years and married for 19.
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Thompson, Branagh and Bonham Carter all starred later The Harry Potter franchise. Thompson played Professor Sybil Trelawny and Branagh played Gilderoy Lockhart in the second movie, 2002’s “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”.

Thompson went on to reprise her role in the fifth and eighth installments, and Bonham Carter played Bellatrix Lestrange in the final four films.

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Both starred in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II.”

In a 2013 interview with the UK’s Sunday Times, Thompson said he had “made peace” with Bonham Carter. He added that the matter was “all blood under the bridge.”

“You can’t hold onto something like that,” he told the outlet. “It’s pointless. I don’t have the strength for it. Helena and I made our peace years ago.”

She also joked about why Branagh might be attracted to both her and Bonham Carter. “Being a little crazy and a little fashion-challenged. Maybe that’s why Ken loved us both. She’s a wonderful woman, Helena.”

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