Kenneth Branagh

BirthDay:

10 Dec 1960

BirthPlace:

Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

BirthName:

Kenneth Charles Branagh

Bio:

Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, to parents William Branagh, a plumber and carpenter born in 1930, and Frances (Harper) 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. 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's novel, Mary Shelley's 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).
Filmography

Actor ( 114 credits )

Murder on the Orient Express (2017) Hercule Poirot
Dunkirk (2017)
Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's the Winter's Tale (2015) Leontes
Wogan: The Best Of (2015)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) Viktor Cherevin
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Stars in Shorts (2012) Mark Snow (archive footage)
Movie Talk with Peter Bart (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
My Week with Marilyn (2011) Sir Laurence Olivier
Prodigal (2011) Mark Snow
The Big Picture (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Prophets of Science Fiction (2011)  Victor Frankenstein in 'Frankenstein' (archive footage
A Poem Is... (2011)  Narrator
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (2010) Himself
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (2 episodes, 2011-2014)
Daybreak (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
The Talk (2010)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Pirate Radio (2009) Sir Alistair Dormandy
Hollywood's Best Film Directors (2009)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2014)
Skavlan (2009)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
National Theatre Live (2009)  Macbeth (1 episode, 2013)
ES.TV HD (2009)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber (2009) (1 episode, 2011)
Valkyrie (2008) Major-General Henning von Tresckow
Alien Love Triangle (2008) Steven Chesterman
Wallander (2008)  Kurt Wallander (12 episodes, 2008-2015)
10 Days to War (2008)  Colonel Tim Collins (1 episode, 2008)
Sleuth (2007) Other Man on T.V. (uncredited)
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
The Graham Norton Show (2007)  Himself (3 episodes, 2012-2014)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (3 episodes, 2007-2011)
Rencontres de cinéma (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
As You Like It (2006) Himself - offscreen voice (uncredited)
The Goebbels Experiment (2005) Narrator (voice)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself - Guest / ... (9 episodes, 2007-2014)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (2 episodes, 2011-2014)
Walking with Monsters (2005)  Himself- Narrator (3 episodes, 2005)
Sunday AM (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Five Children and It (2004) Uncle Albert
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2011-2014)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself - Guest / ... (4 episodes, 2008-2014)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2014)
Imagine (2003)  Colonel Tim Collins (1 episode, 2013)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) Professor Gilderoy Lockhart
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) A.O. Neville
The Tramp and the Dictator (2002) Himself / Narrator (voice)
Silenci? (2002)  Lee Simon (1 episode, 2006)
Cinetipp (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Shackleton (2002)  Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (2 episodes, 2002)
Short6 (2001) Periwig-maker (segment "The Periwig-Maker") (voice)
Schneider's 2nd Stage (2001) Joseph Barnett
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts (2001)  Narrator (8 episodes, 2001)
Eigo de shabera-night (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Love's Labour's Lost (2000) Berowne
The Road to El Dorado (2000) Miguel (voice)
How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2000) Peter McGowen
The Wright Stuff (2000)  Himself - Actor (1 episode, 2012)
Secrets of the Dead (2000)  Himself - Bible Readings (1 episode, 2007)
William Shakespeare (2000) Himself
The Periwig-Maker (1999) Periwig-maker (voice)
Galapagos (1999) Narrator (voice)
The Book That Wrote Itself (1999) Himself
Wild Wild West (1999) Dr. Arliss Loveless
Walking with Dinosaurs (1999)  Narrator (6 episodes, 1999)
Aleph, lectures contades (1999) (1 episode, 2000)
Funny Turns (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
The Dance of Shiva (1998) Col. Evans
Celebrity (1998) Lee Simon
The Proposition (1998) Father Michael McKinnon
The Gingerbread Man (1998) Rick Magruder
The Theory of Flight (1998) Richard
The 11 O'Clock Show (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Great Composers (1997)  Narrated by / ... (7 episodes, 1997)
SAG Foundation Conversations (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Hamlet (1996) Hamlet
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (3 episodes, 1996-2000)
Continuarà... (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
100 Years of Horror (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1996)
Looking for Richard (1996) Himself (Interview)
Othello (1995) Iago
Very Important Pennis (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 1996)
Anne Frank Remembered (1995) Narration (voice)
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) Victor Frankenstein
Much Ado About Nothing (1993) Benedick
Swing Kids (1993) Herr Knopp, Gestapo (uncredited)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (3 episodes, 1996-2007)
Peter's Friends (1992) Andrew
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (4 episodes, 1996-2002)
Performance (1992)  Donal Davoren (1 episode, 1995)
Symphony for the Spire (1992) Himself (performing excerpts from 'Henry V')
Dead Again (1991) Roman Strauss / Mike Church
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (3 episodes, 1996-2011)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest / ... (9 episodes, 1993-2011)
Henry V (1989) King Henry V
Troldspejlet (1989)  Himself - Director (1 episode, 2011)
Thompson (1988)  Various Roles (6 episodes, 1988)
The American Experience (1988)  Narrator (1 episode, 2006)
A Month in the Country (1987) James Moon
High Season (1987) Rick
Theatre Night (1985)  Oswald (1 episode, 1987)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (3 episodes, 1990-2011)
Late Night with David Letterman (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1991)
Wogan (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1986)
Play for Tomorrow (1982)  Student (1 episode, 1982)
Chariots of Fire (1981) Cambridge student - Society Day crowd (uncredited)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (2 episodes, 2007-2010)
Maybury (1981)  Robert Clyde Moffat (2 episodes, 1983)
American Playhouse (1981)  Gordon Evans (1 episode, 1988)
Masterpiece Mystery (1980)  Kurt Wallander (1 episode, 2010)
CBS News Sunday Morning (1979)  Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1 episode, 2007)
Parkinson (1971)  Himself (2 episodes, 2000-2007)
Film '72 (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 1996)
Play for Today (1970)  Billy Martin (3 episodes, 1982-1984)
Omnibus (1967)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)

Producer ( 8 credits )

Murder on the Orient Express (2017) producer
Wallander (2008) executive producer (9 episodes, 2008-2012)
Sleuth (2007) producer
As You Like It (2006) executive producer / producer
Love's Labour's Lost (2000) producer
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) co-producer
Much Ado About Nothing (1993) producer
Peter's Friends (1992) producer

Writer ( 8 credits )

As You Like It (2006) (adaptation)
The Magic Flute (2006)
Listening (2003) (writer)
Love's Labour's Lost (2000)
Hamlet (1996)
A Midwinter's Tale (1995) (written by)
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
Henry V (1989)

Director ( 21 credits )

Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's the Winter's Tale (2015) (stage director)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Thor (2011)
Iron Man 2 (2010) (director: post-credits scene) (uncredited)
National Theatre Live (2009) (1 episode, 2013)
Sleuth (2007)
As You Like It (2006)
The Magic Flute (2006)
Listening (2003)
Love's Labour's Lost (2000)
Hamlet (1996)
A Midwinter's Tale (1995)
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
Peter's Friends (1992)
Swan Song (1992)
Dead Again (1991)
Henry V (1989)
Cinderella (0)
Artemis Fowl (0)

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