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 - The Road to El Dorado
2000 - Love's Labour's Lost
1999 - Wild Wild West
1999 - The Periwig-Maker
1998 - Celebrity
1998 - The Proposition
1998 - The Gingerbread Man
1996 - Hamlet
1995 - Anne Frank Remembered
1995 - Othello
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)
Colonel Tim Collins
Himself - Guest
Himself - Guest
Himself - Guest
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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).

  • Was 15 when he first saw "Hamlet" performed.
  • Shares two roles with 'Laurence Olivier' (qv): Henry V and Hamlet. He and Olivier also both directed their own performances in both films. He also directed _Sleuth (2007)_ (qv), a remake of the 1972 film, in which Olivier starred. This time, 'Michael Caine (I)' (qv) played Olivier's part, while 'Jude Law' (qv) played the second of two roles he shared with Caine--having previously appeared in _Alfie (2004)_ (qv).
  • Has directed two people who have played Batman: 'Christian Bale' (qv) in _Henry V (1989)_ (qv), and 'Michael Keaton' (qv) in _Much Ado About Nothing (1993)_ (qv).
  • Was originally considered for the part of the younger Obi-Wan Kenobi in _Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)_ (qv).
  • He was awarded the 1988 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Special Award.
  • Co-founded the Renaissance Theatre Company with 'David Parfitt' (qv), with 'Prince Charles' (qv) as a royal patron.
  • Originally cast as the lead in _Amadeus (1984)_ (qv) before the production company decided on casting American actors in the leading roles.
  • Was one of the directors considered for _Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)_ (qv). He had appeared in the previous film, _Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)_ (qv).

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