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Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan | Source: Getty Images
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Christopher Nolan's Wife Produced Almost All His Movies – Inside His Love Story with Emma Thomas

Oyin Balogun
Mar 22, 2021
06:20 A.M.

Christopher Nolan is known for his great cinematic movies that revolve around compelling characters. While he might be the one known, his wife, Emma Thomas, has always played a significant role in all his movies as a producer.

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Born on July 30, 1970, Christopher Nolan is known for his compelling and riveting movies such as "Interstellar," "Inception," "Memento," and "The Dark Knight," among others.

Although he has been described as icy sometimes, with his movies being seen as complex, the actor once revealed that parenthood is often at the heart of his films.

Producer Emma Thomas and Director Christopher Nolan pose for "Dunkirk" Photocall on July 16, 2017 | Source: Getty Images

Producer Emma Thomas and Director Christopher Nolan pose for "Dunkirk" Photocall on July 16, 2017 | Source: Getty Images

While his movies have had record-breaking success, one person has been a constant in making sure these movies succeed. Nolan is married to Emma Thomas, who has worked on almost all his films as a producer.

Together, the couple has been able to churn out great movies that have left minds wondering. Although they love staying away from the public sphere, Thomas and Nolan are goal-driven individuals.

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Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas on the stage at the National Association of Theatre Owners Spirit of the Industry Awards on April 27, 2023, in Las Vegas. │ Source: Getty Images

Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas on the stage at the National Association of Theatre Owners Spirit of the Industry Awards on April 27, 2023, in Las Vegas. │ Source: Getty Images

Christopher Nolan's Wife, Emma Thomas, Is a Producer

Thomas is a film producer who has worked on all of Nolan's films except for the short 2015 documentary "Quay." Aside from working with Nolan, Thomas has also produced movies such as "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice," and "Transcendence."

Nolan and Thomas, who met at ages 19 and 18, bonded over their love for films.

Asides from her role as producer, she has also served as a crew member on some films such as "Bean," "The Matchmaker," "The Borrowers," "High Fidelity," among others.

Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards, on April 27, 2023, in Las Vegas. │ Source: Getty Images

Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards, on April 27, 2023, in Las Vegas. │ Source: Getty Images

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She started her production career by interning at Working Titles, and from there, she worked her way through minor roles in films. Thomas revealed that upon finishing her internship, she kept in touch with the people she worked with.

Soon after, she managed to get a job as a receptionist. She added that she began taking on available positions within the company over time. For her, the experience of working as an in-house production coordinator was a fantastic one.

Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan at the Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood.│ Source: Getty Images

Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan at the Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood.│ Source: Getty Images

Thomas also learned a lot about how movies are made. Over time, the University College London alumnus has described herself as a facilitator for Nolan in making movies.

She expressed that she helps him fulfill that vision he has in his head and ensures that it makes it onto screens. She also serves as a "filter" so that Nolan does not have to worry about things that might distract him.

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Director Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas at the Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards on February 3, 2018, in Beverly Hills.│Source: Getty Images

Director Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas at the Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards on February 3, 2018, in Beverly Hills.│Source: Getty Images

Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas Have Been Working Together for Many Years

Thomas and Nolan, who met at the University, have begun working together as far back as they can remember. From their university days, the pair have worked together in a film society and even sold tickets to classical films.

This helped pay for Nolan's first film, "Following." They also run a company called Syncopy Inc which has been a vital success, and their movies are a huge success.

Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas at the Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards on February 3, 2018, in California.│Source: Getty Images

Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas at the Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards on February 3, 2018, in California.│Source: Getty Images

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The company is racking in over 4.6 billion dollars from the movies they have produced; its staff size is just four. The first film released under Syncopy Inc. was "Batman Begins," with a stellar cast including Christian Bale, Michael Caine as Alfred, Cillian Murphy. and many more.

Speaking of working together, Nolan has admitted that working with Thomas is one of the best things to happen to him. He also said: "I do everything she says, I never argue, and although it is a hot mess, it is a great hot mess." He continued:

"I think we've always done it; we've known each other for a very long time. It's wonderful working with people who completely tell you the truth."

Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan at the "Dunkirk" Premiere on July 16, 2017 in France. │Source: Getty Images

Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan at the "Dunkirk" Premiere on July 16, 2017 in France. │Source: Getty Images

Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas Have Four Kids but Try to Protect Their Privacy

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The pair have been married since 1997 and have four children together. They do not like to put too much about their family life out there, and they hardly talk about their children to protect them from the media.

They often share stories about time spent with their kids. They love to tell the one about the kids calling Nolan the nickname Mr. Woodcock after they saw the Daniel Dey-Lewis movie "Phantom Thread."

Nolan and Thomas, who met at ages 19 and 18, bonded over their love for films; both were English Literature majors and hardcore film buffs, leading them to run a film society at school.

In an interview, Thomas revealed that Nolan had not changed much since they met in college. She described him as someone with a singular ambition and keen to work towards it.

Nolan is always grateful to have Thomas in his life, and during a visit to their alums, he joked with the students, telling them that they could meet their spouses on their first day like he met Thomas.

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