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she’s won two os­cars and starred in films such as Howards End and Nanny Mcphee. now Emma Thomp­son stars in a mod­ern BBC2 adap­ta­tion of King Lear. She tells us about play­ing Lear’s daugh­ter goneril and what it’s like to work with an­thony Hop­kins again…

you’ve done Shake­speare on film be­fore, but why were you keen to be in­volved in this TV adap­ta­tion? Be­cause of an­thony hop­kins. it was a no brainer, – i was made up to be asked.

It’s not the first time you’ve worked with an­thony, who plays King Lear. was it nice to be to­gether again? it was joy­ful! We first did Howards End when we were quite young, so this time, with him nearly 80 and me nearly 60, we were fear­less. it was a good cre­ative place to be.

what’s he like to work with? he’s mirac­u­lous! even in re­hearsal when he did his speeches he gave it full blast!

Tell us a lit­tle bit about King Lear… it’s a tragic mess from the be­gin­ning, re­ally. even though it starts in a fairy­tale way – once upon a time there was an old king who had three daugh­ters – you know things are go­ing to go wrong.

goneril is a bit of a vil­lain, isn’t she? i had great sym­pa­thy for her. she’s had a dif­fi­cult child­hood and her fa­ther is locked in a power struc­ture that makes it im­pos­si­ble for him to show his feel­ings.

She still gets to vent her fury, though… Yes, and it’s great to play all that rage!

✱ King Lear is on BBC2

an­thony hop­kins plays king lear, fa­ther to emma thomp­son’s goneril

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