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Emma Thompson: 'I have no desire for immortality'

Emma Thompson: 'I have no desire for immortality'
Emma Thompson: 'I have no desire for immortality' (Image credit: AP)

Emma Thompson says she has no desire to be remembered. Despite receiving her very own star on Hollywood's legendary Walk of Fame last week, the actress has insisted: "I have no desire for immortality whatsoever. "I think it's a terrible thing to want and it's a peculiarly masculine thing to want monuments." But the Nanny McPhee star says she loves her star placement which is outside of British pub The Pig And Whistle. "I can't tell you how thrilled I am with where it is," she insisted. "I'm going to get really well worn. Lots of people will probably have been sick all over me, there will be all sorts of horror, I'm the one that's going to be seeing all the action, it's great." Emma (opens in new tab), 51, says she never could have imagined she'd receive such an honour when she was growing up. "I think I would have believed it even less than the Oscars," she confessed. As Emma prepares to release her latest Nanny McPhee film to a US audience, she admitted it ranks top among the work she's most proud to have written and starred in. "If I'm going to leave behind anything I'd like to leave behind something that's worth children's time because their time is so precious. It's so important that what they see and what they take in has been made with the utmost care," she said.

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 


An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.