Academy Award winner Emma Thompson and Colin Firth lead the cast as Angela Lansbury makes a welcome return to the big screen. Emma Thompson also provides the screenplay for this magical tale based on the Nurse Matilda novels by Christianna Brand.View full cast & crew
As father of seven of the naughtiest children in the world, Mr. Brown has lost control. Seventeen nannies have been driven away and he has lost all hope of ever finding another. But then, one day, a mysterious and magical figure turns up at the door. Her name is Nanny McPhee. With her bizarre looks and special powers, it seems that the Brown children may finally have found their match. The screenplay for Nanny McPhee was written by Emma Thompson and is an adaptation of the \"Nurse Matilda\" books, written in the early 1960s by Christianna Brand. The story has been brought to life by director Kirk Jones, writer and director of Waking Ned, and producer, Lindsay Doran, who previously collaborated with Emma Thompson on Sense & Sensibility. Set in the late Victorian/early Edwardian England in a small village on the edge of London, most of the action takes place at the Brown\'s house which was built from scratch, along with the surrounding village, on a private estate in Penn, Buckinghamshire, where filming took place in the summer of 2004. Some interiors were also built at Pinewood Studios. Emma Thompson, the only person to have won Academy Awards for both acting and writing, also plays the title role, opposite Colin Firth, Kelly Macdonald and Angela Lansbury. It is Colin Firth\'s fourth collaboration with Working Title, having previously starred in both Bridget Jones movies as well as Love Actually. Kelly Macdonald, who recently starred as Peter Pan in Marc Forster\'s Finding Neverland, joins the cast as Evangeline, the kindly scullery maid, while Angela Lansbury, winner of six Golden Globe Awards and four Tony Awards, makes a welcome return to the big screen after an absence of two decades. The impressive cast also includes Celia Imrie, and Bafta winner, Imelda Staunton.