Comedy can sometimes be a family business with a whole lineup of stars turning out to be brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters of other famous performers.
This is the case of EastEnders actress Sophie Thompson and her star sister of the blockbuster Emma.
Sophie is still recognizable for her role as Stellar Crawford in EastEnders and for her many other television roles and film appearances.
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What you might not know is that she and Emma also co-starred in the Harry Potter films.
Emma, who plays Professor Trelawney in the film franchise, appears in three of the early Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban films.
However, you may realize that Sophie made an appearance in the movies as well.
She played Mafalda Hopkirk, the witch Hermione transforms into when the gang infiltrates the Ministry of Magic in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.
Emma spoke to MTV about herself and her sister’s role in the film at the time: “They [the scenes] were very fast.
“I just had to wave a little wand and a little ‘ooooo-ing’ on the dead, because of course, they just had to fit in absolutely everyone.”
“Absolutely everyone was there. Including my whole family, practically. My sister just finished. I don’t know what her character’s name is; she has a major role in it… I have a picture of her with Daniel [Radcliffe] dragging her somewhere … so I don’t know what [they’re doing]; I have not seen it again.
Emma and Sophie aren’t the only famous members of their family, they also have acting parents.
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Their mother is an actress many might recognize from her performance in Nanny McPhee, which Emma wrote and also played.
Their late father Eric Thompson was the man who brought the Magic Roundabout to UK screens, narrating the children’s TV show.
During the pandemic, Sophie told the Metro that she and Emma didn’t talk about work when they were together: “People have such funny ideas about actors – we don’t really talk about work, more of the things we do. have seen. Emma has been very busy because there is so much going on which is great.
She explained that Emma could keep working because “film sets are pretty controlled environments and there are always protocols anyway, so setting up Covid-safe protocols is less difficult than in some scenarios.”