Loving and idolising the national treasure that is Dame Emma Thompson is by no means a unique experience. Nearly every one of us will think of her when we have a good cry thanks to her heartbreaking scene in Love Actually to the song "Both Sides, Now" by Joni Mitchell. She's the goddess who brought us the most stunning adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility and won an Oscar for the screenplay. There's simply no scene that she won't steal; she is everything. This year, she co-wrote (with her husband, Greg Wise) Last Christmas, a film featuring the music of Wham!—what's more to love?
Well actually, there's so much more to love. Off-screen, she's also a dream. We will never forget when she presented at the Golden Globes, barefoot and holding a martini. Whether she's attending a West End show wearing a pair of dungarees or out with her daughter, Gaia, she always seems to be having the best time. She's palpably thrilled in every off-screen photo she's papped in, and she goes to red carpets and poses like she's actually having the best time.
And she has been for years, including at the premiere of Love Actually (below) with a very serious Hugh Grant and very young Keira Knightley.
Her excitement and genuine joie de vivre translates to her original and entirely chic personal style. From tailored suiting in bright hues to beige looks and co-ordinated separates with bold shoes, we've come to truly love every outfit Dame Emma Thompson wears. Be it while she's out protesting in defence of the environment or on the red carpets of her films, she always brings a sense of excitement to her looks that we truly admire. What we love about her most is the fact that you can tell that when she's getting dressed, she's actually having a good time.
Keep scrolling to see some of our favourite Dame Emma Thompson outfits.
Style Notes: One of her early, now signature, monochrome looks from 2016 featured head-to-toe red with nude mules.
Style Notes: A pattern clash in all the best ways, mixing polka dots with a checkerboard coat with metallic flats.
Style Notes: Iconic! Thompson received her OBE in a green suit and Stan Smith trainers.
Style Notes: Suits and jazzy shoes are among her signature looks, especially these Stella McCartney platforms.
Style Notes: At the London premiere of her film Last Christmas, Thompson walked up in a purple dream that echoed George Michael's look.
Style Notes: Her casual style is dreamy too. We love her classic peacoat, jeans and trainers topped with clear frames and a basket bag.
Style Notes: Evolving her all-red look from 2016, this is one of our faves. The relaxed fit of her co-ord paired with the white trainers is so chic. Just amazing.
Style Notes: Posing with her Late Night co-star, Mindy Kaling, she paired a print silk top with gorgeous blue wide-leg trousers.
Style Notes: This jumper is so excellent. We love how she's styled it with tailored trousers and, you guessed it, excellent trainers.
Style Notes: Excuse us, but is this coat not perfect? Fitted like a dream with a contrasting lapel and an excellent orange-and-cream scarf to finish.
Style Notes: Head-to-toe cream is always a good idea. We love the asymmetric detailing on her knit top.
Style Notes: Hello, excellent jumpsuit. So simple, so good. We love the pop of her metallic flats.
Style Notes: It looks like Thompson can't resist the all-beige outfit trend, either.
Style Notes: A very good black tailored suit with trainers is a great way to refresh a classic look.
Style Notes: This grey version of her favourite style trick is so lovely.
Style Notes: As is the pink! We love those square-toe kitten heels too.
Style Notes: Who needs shoes when you have a fabulous silk top and gorgeous chandelier earrings?
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