For years, she was typecast as a frosty English rose. But then something remarkable happened – and Kristin Scott Thomas blossomed into one of the most interesting actresses of our age
The teenage John Lennon (Aaron Johnson) has been living with his straitlaced Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas), only to discover that his biological mother, Julia (Anne-Marie Duff), is raising another family just down the road.
The silver-haired actor Peter Graves had the right name for his role as the stony-faced boss of an élite American government espionage agency in the television series Mission: Impossible. As Jim Phelps, he was in charge of the Impossible Missions Force's team of skilled operatives who carried out daring, top-secret assignments.
Peter Graves, who starred in the 1960s TV show Mission: Impossible and the Airplane! movies, has died in Los Angeles on Sunday, four days before his 84th birthday.
A voyage round John Lennon's mother
Kristin Scott Thomas has her best-ever role in this French drama, playing a taciturn woman who comes to stay with her sister, Elsa Zylberstein, after a lengthy separation. Zylberstein and her family all have their questions about the stranger in their home, and so does the viewer, but 'I've Loved You So Long' doesn't answer them straight away.
Kristin Scott Thomas gets one of her best roles in ages in this sombre account of a woman coming to terms with her past and present isolation.
Anthony Minghella made relatively few features and his career as a movie director lasted under two decades. None the less, he is likely to be remembered as a significant figure. Not only was he prepared to take on major literary novels like The English Patient and Cold Mountain, he was unafraid to deal frankly and without embarrassment or irony with raw emotions. Detractors may have called his approach novelettish and accused him of at least occasional mawkishness, but he was able to engage with audiences on a level that many, more timid, British directors of his era were not.