Dame Emma Thompson high kicks and stretches at lunch with pals

Dame Emma Thompson, 63, puts on an energetic display as she high kicks and stretches while enjoying lunch with pals at her favourite restaurant

Dame Emma Thompson appeared in very good spirits as she performed some stretches and high kicks on the pavement while out for lunch in London.

The actress, 63, enjoyed champagne and a meal with her friends at her favourite restaurant, Cecconi’s, in Mayfair recently.

Film star Dame Emma wore a pair of pink dungarees and a white T-shirt which she teamed with a pair of chunky black boots. 

Excess energy: Dame Emma Thompson, 63, appeared in very good spirits as she performed some stretches and high kicks on the pavement while out for lunch in London

She wore a pair of glasses and minimal make-up as she worked off some energy in full view of onlookers.

The star could be seen kicking her leg into the air and before placing it back down onto the ground and lifting her other leg up behind her.

She then sat down and wrapped up warm against the cool autumnal weather in a long brown coat, and sipped on a drink. 

All askew: Film star Dame Emma wore a pair of pink dungarees and a white T-shirt which she teamed with a pair of chunky black boots while at lunch at Cecconi’s in Mayfair

It comes after Dame Emma said she felt ‘unlovable’ after Sir Kenneth Branagh was unfaithful.

The star of the silver screen’s marriage to the actor and director ended in 1995 after six years when he had an affair with Helena Bonham Carter – who he went on to date for five years – but she admitted she was ‘utterly blind’ to her former spouse’s adultery, leading to her feeling ‘half alive’ when the truth was revealed.

She told the New Yorker magazine: ‘I was utterly, utterly blind to the fact that he had relationships with other women on set.

Calm: After kicking her legs about she sat down and wrapped up warm against the cool autumnal weather in a long brown coat, and sipped on a drink

‘What I learned was how easy it is to be blinded by your own desire to deceive yourself.

‘I was half alive. Any sense of being a lovable or worthy person had gone completely.’

Emma recalled how she fell for Kenneth on the set of Fortunes of War but admitted her relationship with the ‘hard to pry open’ star was volatile.

Split: It comes after Dame Emma said she felt ‘unlovable’ after Sir Kenneth Branagh was unfaithful. Their six year marriage ended in 1995 (pictured in 1993)

Met on set: Helena Bonham Carter is believed to have started an affair with Kenneth in 1994 while she played his love interest in his version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (pictured)

She said: ‘He was incandescent with ambition and performance energy.

‘Like two mating lobsters, we clashed claws,’

The Cruella star admitted she was ’embarrassed’ by the public perception of their marriage.

She said: ‘We didn’t present as glamorous in any way. I don’t think we wanted to be some power couple, and we certainly didn’t feel like it. We were lampooned and ridiculed, too – fair enough if you’re famous and overpaid – but it’s no fun.’

After the end of her first marriage, the Harry Potter actress met Greg Wise, who she hailed as the one who ‘picked up the pieces and put them back together’ and after 27 years together, of which they have been married for 19, she admitted she has learned a lot.

She added: ‘As my mother says, “The first twenty years are the hardest.”‘

Finding love again: Emma said it was her now husband of 27 years Greg Wise who ‘picked up the pieces and put them back together’ 

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