Strictly: Eamonn Holmes issues warning to Emma Thompson
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The English actress, 62, is known for her string of critically acclaimed TV and film roles in the Eighties and Nineties. Her performance in ‘Howards End’ nearly 30 years ago saw her take home both an Oscar and a BAFTA award, which she followed up with another Oscar for the film ‘Sense and Sensibility’. The Jane Austen adaptation saw her share the screen with co-star Greg Wise, 55, who she later married.
In February last year Emma and Greg completed their move to Venice as the couple bought a home in the Italian city and became citizens of the country – a move reported to have been influenced by Brexit.
Emma said upping sticks to Italy had been the “realisation of a dream she had cherished for years”.
However, just four days after they received Italian citizenship the couple jetted back to the UK and moved to Scotland amid the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Having partnered up with professional dancer Karen Hauer, the actor is among the line-up of celebrities being put through their paces for this year’s series.
Emma Thompson’s Brexit rant shot down before Greg Wise move: ‘Contempt for patriotism’ (Image: GETTY)
Emma Thompson: Actress waded into Brexit row (Image: GETTY)
Emma embarrassed her husband this week as the couple appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss his Strictly journey.
Emma revealed that she had put a couple of condoms in his bag as a joke before he left for the show in reference to the so-called “Strictly curse”, which in previous seasons has seen romances blossom between celebrities and their dance partners.
As well as cheering on her husband’s attempts to bag the Glitterball Trophy, Emma has also waded into political debates in recent years.
In February 2016 – four months before Britain voted to leave the EU – the actress declared she was firmly in support of remaining in the trading bloc.
She was asked her thoughts on the EU membership referendum as she appeared at the Berlin International Film Festival, where she was presenting her latest film ‘Alone in Berlin’.
Greg Wise: Actor starring on Strictly (Image: GETTY)
She described the UK as “a tiny little cloud-bolted, rainy corner of sort-of Europe, a cake-filled misery-laden grey old island”.
The actress added: “I feel European even though I live in Great Britain, and in Scotland.
“So of course I’m going to vote to stay in Europe. Oh my God, it would be madness not to.
“It would be a crazy idea not to. We should be taking down borders, not putting them up.”
However, by the end of the week, Emma’s apparent love of the EU and her arguments for keeping Britain shackled to Brussels were brutally taken apart by Toby Young in a column for the Spectator magazine.
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Defending those who voted for Brexit, he accused Emma of a “sniggering contempt for the patriotism of ordinary people”.
He likened the London-born star’s attitude to that of Emily Thornberry, the Shadow International Trade Secretary.
The politician resigned from Labour’s front bench in 2014 after she was branded a snob for posting a tweet featuring a house adorned with England flags with a white van outside.
Mr Young added: “It’s as though expressing any scepticism about our membership of the EU, particularly if it involves a concern about uncontrolled immigration, is a bit Non-U.
“On the surface, people claim to be concerned about jobs and the impact on our financial sector but really, deep down, they’re just advertising their membership of the educated elite.”
Greg Wise: Star’s Strictly profile (Image: EXPRESS)
Mr Young claimed that Emma probably has a “fixed idea about the sort of people who are in favour of Brexit — lower-middle-class, backward-looking, bigoted.”
He added: “Didn’t the questioner realise that all successful, Cambridge-educated, upper-middle-class women are in favour of the EU? Had he been living under a rock?”
The columnist finished his piece by writing: “Unlike Emma Thompson, I think it’s entirely honourable to feel patriotic for tribal reasons, but rather odd to regard your membership of a British clique as requiring you to pour scorn on your country.”
Strictly Come Dancing will be on BBC One this evening from 6:45pm-8:55pm.