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Emma reveals she was too 'bossy' for ex Ken

Hollywood star Emma Thompson has revealed ex-husband Kenneth Branagh found her too bossy – and added that she will be staying away from the big-screen for some time.

The Saving Mr Banks actress (54) was married to Branagh (53) for six years, during which the couple starred on stage, on TV and on the big-screen together, until their divorce in 1996.

Branagh grew close to actress Helena Bonham Carter when they co-starred in 1994's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, with Thompson later describing the situation as "blood under the bridge".

The actress, who later wed actor Greg Wise, has suggested that her bossiness caused difficulties in her first marriage.


"I'm a bit bossy," she said, "and I have to say some people find it quite difficult to deal with. Mentioning no names," she added, "but my first husband."

Her comments come after stars such as Victoria Beckham and Beyonce backed a campaign, instigated by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, to eliminate the word bossy being used as a description for girls.

Howards End actress Thompson also said she wants to take a break to be a full-time mother to her 13-year-old daughter.

Thompson stayed at home to write the Nanny McPhee films but returned to the film set when Gaia was 12 because she "needed to earn some money".

"I was very lucky because I got three good films in a row and I could then get home before Gaia started her next term at school. So I'm not going to be back on screen for a long time."