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Emma Thompson is one of the world’s most respected talents for her versatility in acting as well as screenwriting. To date, she is the sole artist to have received an Academy Award for both acting and screenwriting along with a huge number of industry awards across the globe.
She is President of the Helen Bamber Foundation, a UK-based human rights organization, formed in April 2005, to help rebuild the lives of survivors of gross human rights violations illustrate the brutal and harrowing experiences of women sold into the sex trade.
Thompson recently joined Greenpeace on their Save the Arctic campaign. She is also an Ambassador for the international development agency, ActionAid, and has spoken out publicly about her support for the work the NGO is doing, in particular, in addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic that continues to sweep across Africa. She has been affiliated with the organization since 2000 and thus far has visited ActionAid projects in Uganda, Ethiopia, Mozambique, South Africa, Liberia and Myanmar.
Thompson has served as President of the Teaching Awards since 2010. The awards are open to every education establishment in England, Wales and Northern Ireland teaching pupils between the ages of 3 and 18, to nominate and celebrate teachers (and schools) who transform lives and help young people realize their potential. She is a Patron of the Refugee Council and also patron of Edinburgh College’s Performing Arts Studio of Scotland.
Emma has generously supported the Elton John AIDS Foundation in her capacity as patron in many ways including raising funds to help build the Vrygrand Community centre in South Africa that provides support for AIDS affected communities.