updated 05/03/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/03/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
At 34, the London-based Thompson is one half of a showbiz royal couple. She and actor-director husband Kenneth Branagh, 32, occupy thrones in theater and film. Their stage performance of Look Back in Anger aired on the Bravo channel, and on the big screen they've done Dead Again and will soon romp together in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Come fall, this daughter of actor parents appears as a housekeeper in Remains of the Day. Costar Christopher Reeve is super-right when he says that Thompson has "the sense of humor and style of Katharine Hepburn and the artistic integrity of Vanessa Redgrave." Not to mention a Cheshire cat smile, one that asks, "Wouldn't you love to know what I'm thinking?" That we would, Emma—it's an essential part of your appeal.