Dame Emma Thompson feels lucky to be alive

BANG! NEWS – Dame Emma Thompson, 60, feels “extremely lucky” to be alive as her dad died when he was 53 and she’s lost a number of friends.

She said, “I consider myself extremely lucky to be alive because my dad died when he was 53, and that was (due to) poverty and bad diet.

“I’ve lost so many mates recently – Alan Rickman and my sister-in-law. I always think, I might not have any time left. You don’t know, do you?

“There seems to be a tunnel between 50 and 70. I do think to myself sometimes that this could be the dying time.”

The Love Actually star – who has daughter Gaia, 20, with husband Greg Wise – thinks it is important to talk about death because no one is immortal. She told Britain’s OK! Magazine, “I don’t want to be immortal and also I believe it’s very important we consider dying and we talk about it. We have a 100 per cent death rate so why are we so frightened of talking about it?

“So at 60, I want to talk about dying and want to put as much positive energy into the world as I can. Emma has been campaigning to raise awareness of climate change and has called for others to follow suit.

She said, “It’s easy. Just get out there because the planet is dying and it’s our planet, so let’s all do it together. I don’t think there’s anything to be admired – it’s really a necessity.”