Emma Thompson (born 15 April 1959) is a British actress and screenwriter. She is known for her portrayals of reticent women, often in period dramas and literary adaptations, and playing haughty or matronly characters with a sense of irony. She is considered one of Britain’s most accomplished actresses. [1]


During the current conflict in Gaza a number of celebrities have voiced their opinions in support of either the Israeli or Palestinian positions. But others have gone further than simply supporting the Palestinians by actively supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.[2]

Emma Thompson In 2014, and a number of other British actors boycotted an Israeli theater festival, accusing the festival of being linked to perceived illegal Israeli settlements.


The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has condemned actress Emma Thompson and three dozen other British actors, for seeking the boycotting of Israel’s celebrated Habima Theater troupe, which is to perform later this year in a six-week theatrical festival taking place at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. [3]

Thompson and her colleagues cite spurious human rights concerns but hypocritically fail to call for a boycott of the National Theater of China, which is participating in the same festival. The ZOA has condemned Thompson and urged people to boycott her recently-released movie, “Saving Mr. Banks.” [3]

Also Ranked

#16 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#8 on The Best Living English Actresses

#60 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#42 on Famous Women You’d Want to Have a Beer With [4]


  1. Emma Thompson” The Wikipedia
  2. (3 August 2014). “Anti-Israel celebrities and their brands” The Jewish News Service
  3. (17 January 2014). “‘Saving Mr. Banks’ star Emma Thompson calls for boycotting Israel’s Habima Theater” The Heritage Florida Jewish News
  4. Rothschild, Mike. “Celebrities Who Openly Support Palestine” The Ranker