Emma Thompson says she was ‘completely blind’ about ex-husband Kenneth Branagh’s on-set relationships


Two-time Oscar-winner Emma Thompson has admitted she was “utterly blind” to her ex-husband Kenneth Branagh’s on-set relationships with different actresses and was left devastated when she discovered.

The “Love Actually” star married Branagh in 1989 after they met on the set of the 1987 drama sequence “Fortunes of War.”

When the couple’s marriage led to 1995, it emerged that Branagh had been seeing fellow actress Helena Bonham Carter, who performed his love curiosity within the 1994 movie “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” which he additionally directed.

Within the November concern of the New Yorker, Thompson, who starred alongside Bonham Carter within the 1992 literary adaptation “Howard’s End,” spoke of her ache and humiliation when she discovered.

“I was utterly, utterly blind to the fact that he had relationships with other women on set,” Thompson advised interviewer John Lahr. “What I learned was how easy it is to be blinded by your own desire to deceive yourself.”

Branagh and Bonham Carter went on to have a five-year relationship. In a 2020 interview with the Guardian, Bonham Carter described the controversy surrounding their romance as “all blood under the bridge.”

Recalling how the collapse of her six-year marriage affected her psychological well being, Thompson stated: “I was half alive. Any sense of being a lovable or worthy person had gone completely.”

CNN has contacted Branagh and Bonham Carter’s representatives for remark.

Thompson, whose movie credit additionally embrace “Matilda” and “Nanny McPhee,” discovered love once more with Greg Smart, her co-star in “Sense and Sensibility,” for which she received an Oscar for Greatest Tailored Screenplay.

She stated Smart, whom she married in 2003, “picked up the pieces and put them back together.” The couple share two youngsters.

Reflecting on her life with Smart, Thompson stated: “I’ve learned more from my second marriage just by being married. As my mother says, ‘The first twenty years are the hardest.’”