Emma Thompson's husband thought Kate Winslet would be his wife

Emma Thompson's husband thought Kate Winslet would be his wife

Emma Thompson's actor/screenwriter husband Greg Wise was convinced he was destined to marry Kate Winslet after a "witchy" woman predicted he would find love on the set of Sense and Sensibility.

Wise played John Willoughby in the 1995 period drama, which also starred Winslet and Thompson, and he decided to ask the Titanic beauty out on a date in the hopes his fortune would come true.

"Before he did the job, he went to see a friend of his who was a bit witchy and she said he would meet his future partner on the film," Thompson explains on Britain's The Graham Norton Show.

"He assumed it wasn't me because I was married and quite a lot older than him, so he thought it might be Kate."

Wise, now 53, took Winslet to the Glastonbury music festival, but it quickly became clear they were not a good match.

"She was so bored, and he thought, 'This isn't going to work, who can it be?'" Thompson shares, revealing she and Wise soon grew close - and ended up tying the knot in 2003.

"Then things happened that probably shouldn't have happened, and it's been 25 years (of marriage) in May."

Thompson, 60, had been married to fellow British acting legend Kenneth Branagh at the time of filming Sense and Sensibility, but they split later that year following the Hamlet star's affair with Helena Bonham Carter.

She and Wise went on to become parents to daughter Gaia, now 20, and informally adopted son Tindyebwa Agaba, a Rwandan refugee and former child soldier, in 2004.


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