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Kenneth Branagh

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Kenneth Branagh

Irish film directoradd

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1960.

Countries: United Kingdom (53%), United States (26%), (5%)

Main connections: Hamlet, Emma Thompson, Wallander (UK TV series)

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




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Kenneth Branagh was born in 1960 add something


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. add something


In 1984 he appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Henry V, directed by Adrian Noble. add something


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


Colin Firth - In 1986, he starred with Sir Laurence Olivier in "Lost Empires", a TV adaptation of J. B. Priestley's novel, in 1987 he appeared alongside Kenneth Branagh in the film version of J. L. Carr's "A Month in the Country"


He and David Parfitt founded the Renaissance Theatre Company in 1987, following success with several productions on the London 'Fringe', including Branagh's full-scale production of Romeo and Juliet at the Lyric Studio, co-starring with Samantha Bond. add something


The first major Renaissance production was Branagh's Christmas 1987 staging of Twelfth Night at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, starring Richard Briers as Malvolio and Frances Barber as Viola, and with an original score by actor, musician and composer Patrick Doyle, who two years later was to compose the music for Branagh's film adaptation of Henry V. This Twelfth Night was later adapted for television. add something


Ronald Pickup - Fortunes of War - Pickup portrayed Prince Yakimov, a hapless, down-at-heel Russo-British aristocrat, opposite Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh in the 1987 BBC miniseries Fortunes of War


Olivia Manning - As it happened, her renown and readership developed substantially after her death; a television serialisation of "Fortunes of War" starring Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh finally came to fruition in 1987, bringing her work to a wider audience


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. add something


A year later in 1989 Branagh co-starred with Emma Thompson in the Renaissance revival of Look Back in Anger. add something


Branagh has co-starred several times with actress Emma Thompson, to whom he was married from 1989 to 1995. add something


From 1989 to 1996 Branagh mostly directed his own films, but the commercial and critical failure of Love's Labour's Lost ended his directorial career for a time. add something


It was this production that he adapted for the film version of the play in 1989. add something


Branagh was married from 20 August 1989 until 1995 to actress Emma Thompson, with whom he starred in Fortunes of War among other projects. add something


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"


Harold Innocent - He played the latter role in the 1989 film version for Kenneth Branagh


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


Emma Thompson - She married actor Kenneth Branagh on 20 August 1989


He received an honorary Doctorate in Literature from Queen's University of Belfast in 1990. add something


Branagh's two other Academy Award nominations were for the 1992 film short subject Swan Song and for his work on the screenplay of Hamlet in 1996. add something


Peter's Friends - "'Peter's Friends"' is a 1992 British comedy film written by Rita Rudner and her husband Martin Bergman, and directed and produced by Kenneth Branagh


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"


In 1994, Branagh declined an appointment as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. add something


Othello - However, the first major screen production casting a black actor as Othello would not come until 1995 with Laurence Fishburne opposite Kenneth Branagh's Iago


Othello - The first major screen production casting a black actor as Othello would not come until 1995 with Laurence Fishburne opposite Kenneth Branagh's Iago


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


A Midsummer Night's Dream (Mendelssohn) - In 1996, Claudio Abbado recorded an album for Sony Masterworks of extended excerpts with Kenneth Branagh acting several roles from the play, performed live


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


Nicholas Farrell - Since then, his film and television work has included several screen adaptations of Shakespeare's works, including Kenneth Branagh's 1996 "Hamlet", in which he played Horatio, a role he had played previously with Branagh for the Royal Shakespeare Company


Alexandra Byrne - The following year, Byrne created the costumes for the 1996 film "Hamlet" directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh


Melanie Griffith - In 1998 she appeared in Woody Allen's "Celebrity" with Kenneth Branagh and Leonardo DiCaprio


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


Walking with Dinosaurs - "'Walking with Dinosaurs"' is a six-part documentary television miniseries that was produced by the BBC, narrated by Kenneth Branagh, and first aired in the United Kingdom, in 1999


Branagh was the youngest actor to receive the Golden Quill (also known as the Gielgud Award) in 2000. add something


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. add something


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


Harriet Walter - In 2001 she and Kenneth Branagh were both given honorary doctorates and honorary fellowships at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford


Toby Jones - In 2001, he starred in the London West End comedy "The Play What I Wrote", directed by Kenneth Branagh


In 2002 Branagh starred in the two-part television movie Shackleton, a dramatization of the 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition's battle for survival, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA award and an Emmy. add something


In 2002, Branagh starred at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield as Richard III. In 2003 he starred in the Royal National Theatre's production of David Mamet's Edmond. add something


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. add something


In 2003, he married film art director Lindsay Brunnock, to whom he was introduced by Bonham Carter in 1997. add something


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


Teal Sherer - Her first role in a feature film was in 2004, in Kenneth Branagh's film "Warm Springs" alongside Cynthia Nixon, Kathy Bates, Branagh himself, and Felicia Day


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. add something


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"


Rodney Clarke (singer) - In 2006 Clarke made his role debut as Don Giovanni for Birmingham Opera Company and made his film debut as Second Officer in Kenneth Branagh's film version of Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute"


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


Alfred Molina - In 2006, Molina portrayed Touchstone in Kenneth Branagh's film version of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" and appeared in Ron Howard's adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code"


Bryce Dallas Howard - Next, she once again played Rosalind in Kenneth Branagh's 2006 film version of Shakespeare's "As You Like It"


Rene Pape - Pape made his film debut as Sarastro in Kenneth Branagh's "The Magic Flute", which premiered simultaneously at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2006 Venice Film Festival


Branagh has directed the thriller Sleuth, a remake of the 1972 film. add something


Wallander (UK TV series) - In 2007, Branagh met with Mankell to discuss playing the role


Harold Pinter - It is the basis for the 2007 film "Sleuth", directed by Kenneth Branagh


Wallander (UK TV series) - Negotiations were still under way in 2007, when Kenneth Branagh met Henning Mankell at an Ingmar Bergman film festival and asked to play Wallander


Belfast Film Festival - The 7th Belfast Film Festival opened on 23 March 2007 with the premiere of Kenneth Branagh's "The Magic Flute"


At a film promotion for Valkyrie in 2008, Branagh confirmed that he would be directing Thor, a film based on the Marvel superhero. add something


From September to November 2008, Branagh appeared at Wyndham's Theatre as the title character in the Donmar West End revival of Anton Chekhov's Ivanov in a new version by Tom Stoppard. add something


The first three films were broadcast on BBC One in November and December 2008. add something


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


Ivanov (play) - Using a translation by actress Helen Rappaport, Tom Stoppard adapted the play for a production at Wyndham's Theatre in London in 2008, starring Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hiddleston


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) - A public screening of "Sidetracked" was given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts on 10 November 2008, and was followed by a question-and-answer session with Philip Martin and Kenneth Branagh


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


FictionFest. add something


His first BAFTA TV award came in April 2009, for Best Drama Series. add something


Wallander (UK TV series) - Kenneth Branagh has been placed on longlist in the Best Actor category of the 2010 National Television Awards


Thor (film) - In July 2010 Marvel Studios held a "Thor" panel at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International during which Kenneth Branagh and Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Tom Hiddleston, and Clark Gregg discussed the film and showed some clips from it


In 2011, Branagh portrayed Sir Laurence Olivier in My Week with Marilyn. add something


Thor, Branagh's return to big-budget directing, released on 6 May 2011. add something


Wallander (UK TV series) - Any filming on a third series would be postponed until 2011, to allow Branagh to work on "Thor"


Idris Elba - He played Heimdall in Kenneth Branagh's 2011 "Thor" film


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"


Erik Selvig - Selvig first appeared in Kenneth Branagh's 2011 film "Thor", where he was portrayed by Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård


Kat Dennings - Dennings was part of the cast of the Marvel Studios film "Thor", released in May 2011, and directed by Kenneth Branagh


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 add something


He received the accolade at Buckingham Palace on 9 November 2012; afterwards, Branagh told a BBC reporter that he was "humble, elated, and incredibly lucky" to be knighted add something


He was appointed a knight bachelor in the 2012 Birthday Honours and was knighted on 9 November 2012 add something


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 add something


He will repeat his performance and directorial duties opposite Ashford and Kingston when the production moves to New York City's Park Avenue Armory in June 2014 add something


Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - "'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit"' is a 2014 American action thriller film, directed by Kenneth Branagh


In April 2015, Branagh announced his formation of Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company add something


In September 2015 was announced that "The Winter's Tale", "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Entertainer" will be broadcast in cinemas, in partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment add something


With the company, he announced he will present a season of five shows at London's Garrick Theatre from October 2015 - November 2016 add something


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


The final series will air in the original English in May 2016 add something


Production begins in London in November 2016, and will star Judi Dench, Daisy Ridley and Johnny Depp add something


Graham Reid (writer) - The lead in these television plays is a young Kenneth Branagh, who had previously worked in Reid's futuristic play "Easter 2016", which was screened as part of the BBC's "Play for Tomorrow" series


Richard Madden - Between 12 May and 13 August 2016 Richard Madden will again play on stage the role of Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet" at the West End, where he will be reunited with his "Cinderella" costar Lily James as Juliet, and director Kenneth Branagh


Michelle Pfeiffer - On September 29, 2016, Pfeiffer was announced to be joining the cast of Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express"


Daisy Ridley - Directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh, production begins in London in November 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. add something


In October 2017, it was announced that Branagh would be conferred with the Freedom of the City of Belfast add something


Willem Dafoe - In 2017, Dafoe is set to play Gerhard Hardman in a 2017 film adaptation of Agatha Christie's detective novel "Murder on the Orient Express", directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh


Hamlet - It was announced that Tom Hiddleston will play the role for a three-week run at Vanbrugh Theatre, opening September 1, 2017 and directed by Kenneth Branagh


Penelope Cruz - On November 10, 2017 she appears as Pilar Estravados in the coral cast of Kenneth Branagh's "Murder on the Orient Express"


Michelle Pfeiffer - She was part of the ensemble cast of Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express", which was released on November 10, 2017


He was made a Freeman of the his native city of Belfast in January 2018 add something


Michael Goldenberg - It will be directed by Kenneth Branagh and will be released in 2019