Back in the late 80s and early 90s, British theater and movie stars Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson were an undeniable power couple in London and Hollywood. PHOTOS: Stars who found love on set These days, Thompson is happily married to actor-producer Greg Wise; wed for a decade, the couple shares daughter Gaia, 13, and adopted son Tindyebwa Agaba, 26.That ended in 1995, when Branagh, now 52, and Thompson, now 54, separated after six years of marriage. Branagh wed film art director Lindsay Brunnock back in 2003."Our work has inevitably led to our spending long periods ...away from each other and, as a result, we have drifted apart." Branagh and Carter, 47, went public with their romance shortly after, but later broke up in 1999.
Helena and I made our peace years and years ago." Branagh and Carter, 47, reportedly began their affair on the set of 1994's; following Branagh and Thompson's split, they embarked upon their own public relationship, which lasted until 1999. It's played well in Thompson's work onscreen and onstage.“I've had so much bloody practice at crying in a bedroom, then having to go out and be cheerful, gathering up the pieces of my heart and putting them in a drawer,” she said. But I refuse to be affected over issues like this by how the world at large appears to feel.” Thompson, who is the only person ever to have won Oscars for both writing and acting, is now married to Greg Wise, an actor and producer whom she met on the set of the 1995 version of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.Emma Thompson's six-year marriage to actor Kenneth Branagh ended in 1995, but after keeping quiet about the details of her split for nearly 18 years, the Academy Award-winning actress confirmed that an affair between Branagh, 52, and actress Helena Bonham Carter apparently led to their split. Helena and I made our peace years and years ago." There were reports that while filming "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein," Branagh had reportedly begun a romance with Carter, his co-star, in 1994.Speaking to the UK's Sunday Times, Thompson, 54, called the years-old situation with her "Harry Potter" co-stars "all blood under the bridge." "You can't hold on to anything like that," she said. In 1996 Thompson and Branagh confirmed the demise of their marriage in a statement, saying they had been "drifting apart." "It is with great sadness that we have decided to separate," the statement, obtained by People magazine, read.
She's a wonderful woman, Helena." PHOTOS: Remember these crazy cheating scandals Another byproduct of the heartache?
It is 18 years since Emma Thompson and Sir Kenneth Branagh, the golden couple of British cinema in the early 1990s, announced that they were separating amid rumours that he was having an affair with Helena Bonham Carter. Bonham Carter is said to have begun her affair with Branagh in 1994 while starring alongside him in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which he directed. Branagh has been reluctant to discuss the break-up of his marriage to Thompson, although he said in 1998: “It's always sad, marriages breaking up.