Grim Lady Marchmain

Emma Thompson gave a great performance as Lady Marchmain in Brideshead Revisited – the staunch Catholic mother who was having no nonsense with her gay son’s escapades. In real life, Thompson is mistrustful of formal religion. I wonder if this is what helped her to render Lady M as so grimly uncompromising. Good actors always give something of themselves in their finer performances.

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