Helena Bonham Carter: Emma Thompson Forgives Her Affair With Kenneth Branagh

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Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 09:31 AM

By Ken Mandel

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Nearly two decades after her divorce from Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson said that she forgives fellow actress Helena Bonham Carter for the affair that caused the split.

"[It's] all blood under the bridge," Thompson told the Sunday Times. "You can't hold on to anything like that. I just think ... pfft. It's pointless. I haven't got the energy for it. Helena and I made our peace years and years ago." 

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Thompson and Branagh met in 1987 while working on the BBC mini-series "Fortunes of War," and got married two years later. They went on to appear in several stage and screen productions together and were dubbed "the golden couple" by the British media. They separated in 1995, amid rumors that Branagh was having an affair with Bonham Carter.

Thompson, 54, told the Sunday Times that she has a lot in common with the 47-year-old Bonham Carter, her co-star in 1992's "Howards End" and the "Harry Potter" films. They include "being slightly mad and a bit fashion-challenged. Perhaps that's why Ken loved us both. She's a wonderful woman, Helena," she said.

Thompson is now married to actor-producer Greg Wise, and the couple has a 13-year-old daughter, Gaia, and an adopted son, Tindyebwa Agaba, 26.

Branagh and Bonham Carter's relationship ended in 1999. He married movie art director Lindsay Brunnock in 2003, while Carter has been with director Tim Burton since 2001. They have two children together. 

Thompson is far from the only scorned Hollywood actress; celebrity breakups are the industry norm. Sandra Bullock divorced husband Jesse James after he admitted to an affair with tattoo model and former stripper Michelle "Bombshell" McGee. Supermodel Elin Nordegren took a golf club to the SUV of golfer Tiger Woods in 2009 amid numerous reports of infidelity. The couple divorced in 2010.

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