Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role 1993
Plays Two Characters Related To The Sex Trade Industry
Elena in Trafficking is Torture 2010
Cemolina in Barney Thomson 2015
Both Characters Are Prostitutes
Emma Thompson is the only actress to play a prostitute in a public service announcement. She filmed the video as a way to shine a light on sex slavery and human trafficking. Emma plays Elena, and tells the story on how she came to Britain in search of a better life. But in the end was forced to sell her body. It is a very disturbing video. However Emma felt it was important to show that prostitution is not is not all sweetness and light. It can be a cold, brutal and soul-destroying profession.
Watch the Trafficking is Torture PSA.
On a lighter note, Emma takes on the role of a 77-year-old former prostitute in the film Barney Thomson. She plays Cemolina, a hard driven, tough as nails, devious mother of the protagonist of this film Barney Thomson (played by Robert Carlyle). Barney is trying to cover up a crime, and needs his moms past expertise to make that happen. Emma is only two years older than Robert Carlyle, and she is playing his mother!
Watch clip of the film “Barney Thomson”
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