Emma Thompson fought back tears after she was surprised with a letter penned by her late father Eric during Tuesday’s episode of The One Show.
The actress, whose dad died in 1982, was stunned to be given the letter as the programme showed images of Eric in his youth, joking: ‘He was a bit of alright!’
The letter was penned by Eric asking for an audition to work at the BBC after he left the army, with the actor going onto create and narrate the English adaptation of the beloved TV series The Magic Roundabout.
Sweet: Emma Thompson fought back tears after she was surprised with a letter penned by her late father Eric during Tuesday’s episode of The One Show
Emma was a guest on The One Show to promote the upcoming movie adaptation of Matilda: The Musical, when hosts Zoe Ball and Jermaine Jenas revealed the letter penned by her father.
In it Eric asked the BBC if he could audition for them after leaving the army, with host Jermain explaining: ‘There’s this letter from your dad to the BBC. So he says he’s just left the army and that he’s been advised to write a letter to ask for an audition with the BBC.
‘And I’ll tell you what it says, so it says: ”I have no broadcasting experience apart from an audition in Birmingham some years ago, but I have had stage experience both amateur and repertory”.’
Family: The actress (pictured with her dad and sister Sophie in 1968) was given a letter her father penned to the BBC asking for an audition
Touching: Emma was visibly moved after being given the letter her father Eric had written. He went onto create and narrate the English adaptation of The Magic Roundabout
The letter was accompanied by the BBC’s audition report and photos of Eric taken during his youth.
Zoe added: ‘And the good news is, Emma, he did get an audition, three years later. The producers wrote a positive report on him, which you can have a look at now, so good isn’t it.’
She continued: ‘And you can see there, they noted that he had a ‘quiet charm and a twinkle and an obvious sense of humour’.’
Here it is! Hosts Zoe Ball and Jermaine Jenas presented Emma with the letter, along with a BBC audition report and pictures taken of Eric during his younger days
Lauded: Eric, who died of a heart attack in 1982, hosted several TV series for the BBC, including Play School (pictured hosting Playhouse – You’ve Made Your Bed: Now Lie in It in 1969)
Emma was visibly thrilled by the items, telling the camera: ‘My mother, who is 90, is watching this! Mum! I mean honestly, look!’
Gazing at the old snaps of her father, Emma added: ‘Check him out! He was a bit of alright wasn’t he really!’
Eric went onto present the children’s series Playschool in the 1960s, and was also the English narrator of The Magic Roundabout. Following a heart attack in 1967 he focused his attention on directing.
Blast from the past: Emma was visibly thrilled by the items, telling the camera: ‘My mother, who is 90, is watching this! Mum! I mean honestly, look!’
He married Scottish actress Phyllida Law in 1957, and they had daughters Emma and Sophie, who is also an actress.
Emma is set to star as the hard-nosed headmistress Miss Trunchbull in the big-screen adaptation of Matilda: The Musical, based on the Roald Dahl book of the same name.
She is married to fellow actor Greg Wise, and they share daughter Gaia, 22, and adopted son Tindyebwa Agaba, 34.
Coming soon: Emma is set to star as the hard-nosed headmistress Miss Trunchbull in the big-screen adaptation of Matilda: The Musical, based on the Roald Dahl book of the same name
While Gaia has been following her parents’ footsteps and pursuing a career in acting, Emma recently joked she’s been dropping hints that her offspring could ‘run a restaurant’ instead.
She told the Daily Mail’s Eden Confidential: ‘I keep saying, “I know you like acting, but, you know, perhaps running a restaurant can be as exciting.”‘
Emma added of the talented cook: ‘There’s something very theatrical about restaurants — when you get it right, you feel so happy and lucky to be in it.’
The One Show airs weekdays at 7pm on BBC One.
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