The Harry Potter star whose real-life love triangle inspired the heartbreaking Love, Actually scene



Big screen legend Emma Thompson, who has appeared in countless box office hits over the years, found herself in a love triangle in the 1990s, which ultimately ended in divorce.

Harry Potter star Emma was previously married to series co-star Kenneth Branagh, who played Gilderoy Lockhart in The Chamber of Secrets, from 1989 to 1995.

The duo were called a “golden couple” by the press and received extensive media coverage.

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After separating in 1995, a rumor emerged that Kenneth was involved with another actress who also went on to star in the Harry Potter films – Helena Bonham Carter.

Recently, Emma admitted that she drew inspiration from her real-life experiences when describing her role as the betrayed wife, Karen in the 2003 film Love, Actually.



Emma and Kenneth were married from 1989 to 1995

An iconic scene takes place in the romantic Christmas comedy, where Emma’s character bursts into tears after finding a gold necklace purchased by her husband (played by fellow Harry Potter alumnus, the late Alan Rickman).

As it turns out, the necklace was not purchased for Karen and the situation escalated when she received a Joni Mitchell CD as a gift.

Emma previously told The Telegraph that she drew inspiration from her real-life experience when performing the scene.



Emma has been married to Greg Wise since 2003

She said, “This scene where my character is standing by the bed crying is so well known because it’s something everyone has experienced.

“My heart was very badly broken by Ken.

“So I knew what it was like to find the necklace that wasn’t meant for me.



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“Well, it wasn’t exactly that, but we’ve all been there. “

But the actress has since moved on and told The Sunday Times: “It’s … blood under the bridges. You can’t hang on to something like that.

“It’s pointless. I don’t have the energy for this… Helena and I made our peace years and years ago… she’s a wonderful woman.”

Emma married her Sense & Sensibility co-star Greg Wise in 2003, and the two share daughter Gaia and son Tindyebwa.

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