Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh

Dec. 10th, 1960
Born in
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
5' 9 1/2"

Kenneth Branagh's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Wallander (UK) TV Show
Wallander (UK)
Walking with Dinosaurs (UK) TV Show
Walking with Dinosaurs (UK)
Walking With Monsters (UK) TV Show
Walking With Monsters (UK)
Walking With Beasts (UK) TV Show
Walking With Beasts (UK)
Fortunes of War (UK) TV Show
Fortunes of War (UK)

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
2009 - The Boat That Rocked
2008 - Valkyrie
2007 - Sleuth
2006 - As You Like It
2005 - Das Goebbels-Experiment
2004 - Five Children and It
2002 - Rabbit-Proof Fence
2000 - Love's Labour's Lost
2000 - The Road to El Dorado
1999 - Wild Wild West
1998 - Celebrity
1998 - The Proposition
1998 - The Gingerbread Man
1996 - Hamlet
1995 - Anne Frank Remembered
1995 - Othello
1994 - Frankenstein
1993 - Much Ado About Nothing
1993 - Swing Kids
1993 - Swing Kids
1992 - Peter's Friends
1991 - Dead Again
1991 - Dead Again
1989 - Henry V
1981 - Chariots of Fire

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Billy Martin
Robert Clyde Moffat
Narrator (Voiced)
Himself - Guest
Victor Frankenstein in 'Frankenstein'
Colonel Tim Collins
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Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, to parents William Branagh, a carpenter born in 1930, and Frances Branagh, also born in 1930. His brother William Branagh Jr. was born in 1955 and sister Joyce Branagh was born in 1970. At 23 Branagh joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he took on starring roles in "Henry V" and "Romeo and Juliet". He soon found the RSC too large and impersonal and formed his own, the Renaissance Theatre Company, which now counts Prince Charles as one of its royal patrons. At 29 he directed and starred in the film Henry V (1989), which costarred his then-wife, Emma Thompson (I). The film brought him Best Actor and Best Director Oscar nominations. In 1993 he brought Shakespeare to mainstream audiences again with his hit adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing (1993), which featured an all-star cast that included Denzel Washington and Keanu Reeves. At 30 he published his autobiography and at 34 he directed and starred as Victor Frankenstein in the big-budget adaptation of Mary Shelley (I)'s novel, Frankenstein (1994), with Robert De Niro as the monster himself. The bad reviews may have had some effect on his marriage, though, because in October 1995 he and Thompson announced their plans to divorce. In 1996 Branagh wrote, directed and starred in a lavish adaptation of Hamlet (1996). In recent years he starred in a series of non-Bard-related roles in Celebrity (1998), Wild Wild West (1999), and as a voice in The Road to El Dorado (2000).

  • Former son-in-law of 'Phyllida Law' (qv).
  • Claims that 'Derek Jacobi' (qv) is the reason he got into acting, and thus Jacobi became a frequent collaborator with him in most of his movies.
  • Was originally considered for the part of the younger Obi-Wan Kenobi in _Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)_ (qv).
  • One of only three actors to have their name mentioned by a character in the Blackadder series (Alongside 'Charles Chaplin' (qv) (_"Blackadder Goes Forth" (1989)_ (qv), and 'Delia Smith' (qv) (_Blackadder Back & Forth (1999)_ (qv)). Blackadder mentioned his name in Blackadder: Back and Forth whilst talking to William Shakespeare on the topic of 'Hamlet'.
  • Wrote many of the _In the Bleak Midwinter (1995)_ (qv) characters for specific actors.
  • Appeared with 'Campbell Scott' (qv) in _Dead Again (1991)_ (qv). Scott later starred in and co-directed _Hamlet (2000/II) (TV)_ (qv), and Branagh later starred in and directed _Hamlet (1996)_ (qv).
  • Grew up in poverty in the shadow of a tobacco factory in Belfast.
  • A Member of the RADA Council.

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