Knowledge Identifier: +Kenneth_Branagh
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1960.
Countries: United Kingdom (53%), United States (26%), (5%)
Linked to: Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, Renaissance Theatre Company, Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
John Gielgud - In his later years, Gielgud played the Ghost of Hamlet's Father in productions of the play, first to Richard Burton's Melancholy Dane on the Broadway stage which Gielgud directed in 1964, on television with Richard Chamberlain, and finally in a radio production starring Gielgud's protege Kenneth Branagh.
Ken Dodd - He works mainly in the music hall tradition, although, in the past, has occasionally appeared in drama, including as Malvolio in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" on stage in Liverpool in 1971; on television in the cameo role of 'The Tollmaster' in the 1987 "Doctor Who" story "Delta and the Bannermen"; and as Yorick in Kenneth Branagh's film version of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" in 1996
He received acclaim in the UK for his stage performances, first winning the 1982 SWET Award for Best Newcomer, for his role as Judd in Julian Mitchell's Another Country, immediately after leaving RADA. Branagh was part of the 'new wave of actors to emerge from the Academy.
Stephen Fry - Having made his film debut in the 1985 film "The Good Father", Fry had a brief appearance in "A Fish Called Wanda" and appeared in the lead role for Kenneth Branagh's "Peter's Friends" in 1992
Natasha Richardson - She starred with Judi Dench, Michael Gambon and Kenneth Branagh in a 1987 & BBC adaptation of the Henrik Ibsen play "Ghosts"; with Maggie Smith and Rob Lowe in a 1993 BBC adaptation of "Suddenly, Last Summer" by Tennessee Williams; portrayed Zelda Fitzgerald in the 1993 television movie "Zelda"; and starred in "Haven" on CBS and "The Mastersons of Manhattan" on NBC.
Branagh became a major presence in the media and on the British stage when Renaissance collaborated with Birmingham Rep for a 1988 touring season of three Shakespeare plays under the umbrella title of Renaissance Shakespeare on the Road, which played a repertory season at the Phoenix Theatre in London.
A year later in 1989 Branagh co-starred with Emma Thompson in the Renaissance revival of Look Back in Anger.
Michael Maloney - After several dry years in his career, Maloney went on to star in many films and television series, as well as developing a stage career and became a familiar face after playing a major role in Kenneth Branagh's 1989 film adaptation of "Henry V"
Derek Jacobi - Jacobi continued to play Shakespeare roles, notably in Kenneth Branagh's 1989 film of "Henry V" , and made his directing debut as Branagh's director for the 1988 Renaissance Theatre Company's touring production of "Hamlet", which played at Elsinore and as part of a Renaissance repertory season at the Phoenix Theatre in London
Christian Bale - The attention the press and his schoolmates lavished upon him after this took a toll on Bale, and he contemplated giving up acting until Kenneth Branagh approached him and persuaded him to appear in "Henry V" in 1989
He received an honorary Doctorate in Literature from Queen's University of Belfast in 1990.
Ben Elton - Elton played the role of Verges in Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing", released in 1993
Kate Beckinsale - In 1993, Beckinsale landed the role of Hero in Kenneth Branagh's big-screen adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing"
Hamlet - Even today the play is rarely performed in its entirety, and has only once been dramatised on film completely, with Kenneth Branagh's 1996 version
Hamlet - In contrast to Zeffirelli, whose "Hamlet" was heavily cut, Kenneth Branagh adapted, directed, and starred in a 1996 version containing every word of Shakespeare's play, combining the material from the F1 and Q2 texts
Alexandra Byrne - The following year, Byrne created the costumes for the 1996 film "Hamlet" directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh
Michael Grandage - From 1999 to 2005 he was Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres where his high-profile productions included "Edward II" with Joseph Fiennes, "Richard III" with Kenneth Branagh, "Suddenly Last Summer" with Diana Rigg and Victoria Hamilton, "The Tempest" with Derek Jacobi and "Don Carlos" with Derek Jacobi
Branagh was the youngest actor to receive the Golden Quill (also known as the Gielgud Award) in 2000.
Alicia Silverstone - In 2000, Silverstone appeared in Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of the Shakespeare play "Love's Labour's Lost", in which she was required to sing and dance
Branagh directed The Play What I Wrote in England in 2001 and directed a Broadway production in 2003.
Mark McGann - He appeared on TV again as Joseph Bazalgette' the great Victorian industrial engineer in the *award winning factual drama/doc "Seven Great Industrial Wonders of the World" in 2001; as 'Tom Crean' the Irish companion of Ernest Shackleton in "Shackleton" opposite Kenneth Branagh for C4 in 2001; as Commander Rosenthal in "The Hindenburg" for C4 2006 and as the chilling psychopath Norris in Endgame, a UK Independent film made on location in London and Wales in 2003
Matt Day - He has said that his favourite role of this period was the photographer Frank Hurley in the 2002 Channel 4 telemovie "Shackleton", in which Kenneth Branagh played the title role
Ernest Shackleton - In 2002, Channel 4 produced Shackleton, a TV serial depicting the 1914 expedition with Kenneth Branagh in the title role.
Gerard McCarthy - McCarthy's acting career began when he was awarded Sir Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Scholarship to train at Laine Theatre Arts, graduating in 2002
In 2003 he starred in the Royal National Theatre's production of David Mamet's Edmond.
Tracy-Ann Oberman - In 2003, Oberman returned to the National Theatre in "Edmond", playing opposite Kenneth Branagh in her debut at the National and his first forray into acting after six years of directing
In 2006, the same year that Branagh's film version of As You Like It was released, he directed a film version of Mozart's opera The Magic Flute.
Francisco Bosch - Francisco will appear in the "The Magic Flute" 2006 adaptation of Mozart's opera by Kenneth Branagh
Jimmy Yuill - He has appeared in many of Kenneth Branagh's films, most recently as Corin in the 2006 "As You Like It"
Liz Smith (actress) - In 2006 she made a cameo appearance in Kenneth Branagh's film "The Magic Flute", a version in English of the Mozart opera
Bryce Dallas Howard - Next, she once again played Rosalind in Kenneth Branagh's 2006 film version of Shakespeare's "As You Like It"
Tim Collins (British Army officer) - The last episode of the 2008 television series "10 Days to War" features a version of the speech performed by Kenneth Branagh as Collins
Kevin Kline - In January 2008, Kline won a Screen Actors Guild *award for his portrayal of Jaques in Kenneth Branagh's film "As You Like It", adapted from Shakespeare's play
Wallander (UK TV series) - Vintage published paperbacks of the first three adapted novels in Series One with tie-in covers featuring Kenneth Branagh on 20 November 2008
Thor (film) - Later that month, it was revealed that Kenneth Branagh had entered into negotiations to direct, and in December 2008, Branagh confirmed that he had been hired
Liam Hemsworth - Hemsworth's brother, Chris, told "Movieline" that just a few hours after Hemsworth learned he would not appear in "The Expendables", director Kenneth Branagh called to ask him to test for the lead role in the 2011 film "Thor"
Branagh participated in a segment of the London 2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony, portraying Isambard Kingdom Brunel, where he gave a speech from The Tempest originally read by the character Caliban
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - Paramount and Skydance Pictures quickly hired Kenneth Branagh to replace Bender, in order to start production after Pine was finished with "Into Darkness" around September 2012
In July 2013 he co-directed "Macbeth" at Manchester International Festival with Rob Ashford
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - "'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit"' is a 2014 American action thriller film, directed by Kenneth Branagh
Miranda Raison - In August 2015 she joined the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company in The Winter's Tale and Harlequinade which ran at the Garrick Theatre from October 2015 until January 2016
As the President of RADA and one of the highest profile actors and filmmakers in contemporary British popular culture, Branagh appeared on Debrett's 2017 list of the most influential people in the UK.
Penelope Cruz - On November 10, 2017 she appears as Pilar Estravados in the coral cast of Kenneth Branagh's "Murder on the Orient Express"
He was made a Freeman of the his native city of Belfast in January 2018
Michael Goldenberg - It will be directed by Kenneth Branagh and will be released in 2019