Rumours have circulated for years, but now it's official: Helena Bonham Carter broke up Emma Thompson's marriage to Kenneth Branagh. Thompson herself confirmed the gossip in a new interview with the Sunday Times, although she added that it was “all blood under the bridge.”
“Helena and I made our peace years and years ago,” Thompson said.
Thompson married Branagh in 1989 after they met on the set of the TV series "Fortunes of War." The couple divorced in 1995 amid rumours that Branagh had had an affair with Carter on the set of the 1994 film "Frankenstein," and he later went public with their relationship, which lasted until 1999.
To add insult to injury, Carter and Thompson were well acquainted, having worked together on the film "Howard's End" in 1992. Thompson admitted the duo were similarly “slightly mad and a bit fashion-challenged. Perhaps that’s why Ken loved us both."
Thompson reportedly fell into a depression following the end of her first marriage, but writing the "Sense and Sensibility" screenplay kept her afloat. During filming, the 54-year-old Oscar winner met her second husband, co-star Greg Wise (who played Willoughby in the film), whom she wed in 2003.
"Work saved me and Greg saved me. He picked up the pieces and put them together again," Thompson told BBC Radio Four in 2010. The couple had a daughter together in 1999. Meanwhile, Carter went on to wed filmmaker Tim Burton in 2001, and Branagh tied the knot with art director Lindsay Brunnock in 2003.
"You can’t hold on to anything like that. I just think … pfft,” Thompson told the Sunday Times of the affair. “It’s pointless. I haven’t got the energy for it."