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Having previously examined the downside of being of a star actress, it seemed time for a corrective tonic. Not that I feel any A-list actress particularly needs to be acclaimed a heroine. Actors traditionally receive the lion’s share of attention, at the expense of others equally deserving, and it is within this column’s aspirations to address that inequality. But actors are always going to be famous, and their personal lives and opinions under the radar far more than their less well-publicised colleagues. Given this, it seems fair to wish that more of our stars were like Emma Thompson. Here are ten reasons why. 1. She can act Not a pre-requisite for stardom by any means, but thankfully Thompson passes the test. She has excelled in starring roles (Howard’s End), supporting roles (In the Name of the Father), TV (Angels in America) and cameo roles (An Education). But the »

- Matthew Hammett Knott

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