Emma Thompson says she was ‘completely blind’ to her ex-husband who had an affair with Harry Potter star

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‘I was completely blind’: Emma Thompson says she was ‘humiliated’ by ex-husband Kenneth Branagh who had an affair with Helena Bonham Carter

Emma Thompson admitted she was “completely blind” to her ex-husband Kenneth Branagh who was having an affair with Helena Bonham Carter.

The infidelity ended the actress’s six-year marriage to the actor in 1995, whom she married in 1989, just two years after they met during filming.

Kenneth had an affair with Harry Potter actress Helena, 56, after co-starring in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1994.

Emma told the New Yorker she was “humiliated” by the affair and horrified at the self-deception.

At the time she was filming Sense and Sensibility, for which she won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, but news of their breakup had not been made public.

The Love Actually star said: “I was completely, utterly blind to the fact that he had relationships with other women on set. What I learned was how easy it is to be blinded by your own desire to deceive yourself.”

The infidelity ended the actress's six-year marriage to the actor in 1995, whom she married in 1989, just two years after they met during filming (pictured in 1993)

The infidelity ended the actress’s six-year marriage to the actor in 1995, whom she married in 1989, just two years after they met during filming (pictured in 1993)

She added: “I was only half alive. Any sense of being a lovable or dignified person was completely gone.”

Emma explained in the interview that her Sense and Sensibility co-star and now 27-year-old husband Greg Wise was the one who “picked up the pieces and put them back together.”

Emma and Greg married in 2003 and have two children together, a daughter Gaia, 22, and a son Tindyebwa, a former child soldier from Rwanda whom they informally adopted when he was 16.

In the same year, the happy couple married art director Kenneth Lindsay Brunnock.

Family life: Emma and Greg married in 2003 and share two children, a daughter Gaia, 22, and a son Tindyebwa, a former child soldier from Rwanda whom they informally adopted when he was 16 (pictured in 2018)

Family life: Emma and Greg married in 2003 and share two children, a daughter Gaia, 22, and a son Tindyebwa, a former child soldier from Rwanda whom they informally adopted when he was 16 (pictured in 2018)

Helena has two children, Billy and Nell with her film director partner Tim Burton.

Emma starred in two films with Bonham Carter in Howard’s End in 1992 and in the 2007 Harry Potter series.

Emma concluded, “I learned more from my second marriage by just being married. As my mother says, “The first twenty years are the hardest.”

Moving on: Emma (left) starred in two films with Bonham Carter (right) in Howard's End in 1992 and the 2007 Harry Potter series (pictured in 1994)

Moving on: Emma (left) starred in two films with Bonham Carter (right) in Howard’s End in 1992 and the 2007 Harry Potter series (pictured in 1994)

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