Top 10 Kristin Scott Thomas Performances

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Kristin Scott Thomas is a dependable presence in any film fortunate to have her in – making her earnest beginnings on stage and in French-language films, she remains one of Britain’s leading actresses. With The Invisible Woman released on Blu-ray and DVD on 16th June 2014 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment, we count down the actresses ten most memorable screen performances to date.

A Handful of Dust
Starring in a few French-language films throughout the 80s, the actress received widespread acclaim in 1988 in the adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s A Handful of Dust. Consequently becoming the recipient of an Evening Standard British Film Award for most promising newcomer, the actress played Brenda Last, a woman who embarks on an affair in the 1930s. 

Four Weddings and a Funeral
Thomas showed her nuance for British comedy in Richard Curtis’ seminal romantic comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral, in which she played  Fiona, friend of Hugh Grant’s lead Charles. She went on to win a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress.

The English Patient (1996)
Further award recognition came in what is deemed to be her most memorable role in Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient. She played Katharine Clifton, the married financier for the expedition of Hungarian cartographer László Almásy (played by Ralph Fiennes) who falls in love with him. Fox initially wanted Demi Moore to play the role of Clifton, but when the studio backed out, Miramax hired Kristin Scott Thomas – she lost out on a Best Supporting Actress to Frances McDormand for her role in Fargo.

Gosford Park (2001)
Preceding a successful second win on stage, Scott Thomas starred in Robert Altman’s British mystery drama Gosford Park, written by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes. The story follows a part of wealthy Britonswho gather for a shooting weekend at English country house Gosford Park. When a murder occurs after a dinner party, the subsequent investigation is delved into, with the actress turning in a memorable role as Lady Sylvia McCordle.

Arsène Lupin (2004)
Based on the iconic series of novels from Maurice Leblanc, this French crime-adventure filmfollows Romain Duris’ gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, who meets Kristin Scott Thomas’ mysterious lady, Joséphine. As this character, Scott Thomas displayed her strange, more ambivalent side, as her character is immortal and uses hypnotic drugs to enslave people to her will. Eva Green co-starred.

I’ve Loved You So Long (2008)
Another French-language film, I’ve Loved You So Long is a drama that tells the story of a woman named Juliette Fontaine, who is struggling to interact with her family, or to integrate back into society, after spending 15 years in prison. Acclaimed by all who saw it, Scott Thomas delivers a first class performance, mitigating the shifting tones of the film, and was cited as a performance of the year – she was honoured with a BAFTA and Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.

Nowhere Boy (2010)
Sam Taylor Wood’s biopic, which tells the story of John Lennon’s upbringing in Liverpool before the evolution of first band The Quarrymen into The Beatles, stars Kristin Scott Thomas as Mimi Smith, his aunt who raised him following the premature death of his mother, Julia.

In the House (2012)
Franҫois Ozon’s comedy drama In the House is based on Juan Mayorga’s play The Boy in the Last Row, and stars Scott Thomas in a blistering performance as Jeanne Germain, in a film which sees a high school French teacher get increasingly drawn into a precocious student’s transgressive story about his relationship with a friend’s family.

Only God Forgives (2013)
Garnering extreme reactions from audiences, Nicolas Winding Refn’s follow-up to his acclaimed hit Drive starred Ryan Gosling as Julian, a drug-smuggler in Bangkok’s criminal underworld whose brother is found dead. Kristin Scott Thomas fills a role unlike any other the actress has done before as their mother Crystal who bears a unique hold over her son, and convinces him to find and kill his brother’s murderer.

The Invisible Woman (2013)
The actress stars in Ralph Fiennes’ biographical drama about Charles Dickens, playing Catherine Ternan, the mother of Felicity Jones’ Nelly, the lady who has an illicit affair with the legendary author. When he notices Nelly during a performance at London’s Haymarket Theatre, he sets to casting her and her family in a performance of The Frozen Deep at his Free Trade Hall in Manchester. Scott Thomas’ appearance in this film solidifies The Invisible Woman as a stellar piece of work from not only an acclaimed actor, but director also.


The Invisible Woman is released on Blu-ray and DVD on 16th June 2014 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment

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