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Emma Thompson says she was ‘utterly blind’ to ex-husband Kenneth Branagh’s affair with Helena Bonham Carter

Emma Thompson reflected on the humiliation she felt after learning of her ex-husband Kenneth Branagh being unfaithful.

63 year old actressBranagh, 61, who was married from 1989 to 1995, told The New Yorker that she was completely unaware that he was having an affair with “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” co-star Helena Bonham Carter.

“I was completely blind to the fact that he had relationships with other women on set,” Thompson said in a recent interview.

Emma Thompson said she was blindsided by ex-husband Kenneth Branagh's affair with Helena Bonham Carter.

Emma Thompson said she was blindsided by ex-husband Kenneth Branagh’s affair with Helena Bonham Carter.
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She continued, “What I learned is how easy it is to be blinded by my own desire to deceive myself.”

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The “Cruella” star told the outlet that her emotional state was like broken dishes. “I was half alive,” she explained. “Any sense of being a lovable or worthy person was completely gone.”

In addition to being married, the former couple worked on film projects together, with Branagh casting Thompson in the films he was directing. They starred together in several films including Henry V (1989), Dead Again (1991), Peter’s Friends (1992) and Much Ado About Nothing (1993).

Branagh and Thompson were married from 1989 to 1995.

Branagh and Thompson were married from 1989 to 1995.
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Branagh’s Affair bonham carter Started in 1994 when he was directing and starring in “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” with the “Dark Shadows” actress.

By 1995, Branagh and Thompson’s marriage was falling apart but they had not yet announced their plans to separate.

At the time, Thompson was filming the period piece “Sense and Sensibility”, based on Jane Austen’s 1811 novel of the same name. She told the New Yorker that it was her “Sense and Sensibility” co-star Greg Wise, “who picked up the pieces and put them back together.”

Bonham Carter and Branagh dated for five years before splitting in 1999.

Bonham Carter and Branagh dated for five years before splitting in 1999.
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Thompson and Wise have been together for 27 years now and have been married for 19 years. “I’ve learned more from my second marriage than just being married,” she said. “As my mother says, ‘The first twenty years are the hardest.’ ,

The two are parents to 22-year-old daughter Gaia and 34-year-old son Tindebwa. In 1993, Thompson met Tindebwa, a Rwandan refugee and former child soldier. The actress and Wise welcomed the then 16-year-old into their family and formally adopted him in 2004.

Carter, 56, and Branagh dated for five years before going their separate ways in 1999.

Thompson and actor and producer Greg Wise have been together for 27 years and have been married for 19 years.

Thompson and actor and producer Greg Wise have been together for 27 years and have been married for 19 years.
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Thompson, Branagh and Bonham Carter later starred in harry potter franchise, Thompson played Professor Sybil Trelawney, and Branagh portrayed Gilderoy Lockhart in the second film, 2002’s “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”.

Thompson reprized her role in the fifth and eight installments, and Bonham Carter played Bellatrix Lestrange in the final four films.

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Both starred in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II”.

In a 2013 interview with the UK’s Sunday Times, Thompson said she had “made peace” with Bonham Carter. She said the matter was “all the blood under the bridge”.

“You can’t catch anything like that,” she told the outlet. “It’s pointless. I haven’t got the energy for it. Helena and I made our peace years and years ago.”

She also joked about why Branagh might be attracted to both her and Bonham Carter. “To be a little crazy and a little fashion-challenged. Maybe that’s why Ken was in love with both of us. She’s an amazing woman, Helena.”

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