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Kenneth Branagh

Mostly Credited As: Kenneth Branagh
Sometimes Credited As: Ken Branagh

Birth Name: Kenneth Charles Branagh
Date Of Birth: December 10, 1960 (Age 53)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Kenneth Branagh


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. He has a brother named William Branagh Jr. who was born in 1955 and a sister named Joyce Branagh born in 1970. At 23, Kenneth joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he took on starring roles in "Henry V" and "Romeo and Juliet". He soon found the R.S.C. 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 /i] (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 Frankenstein (1994) with Robert De Niro as the monster himself. The bad reviews may have had so me effect on his marriage, though, because in October 1995, Branagh 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). He recently played Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Wallander (2008)As: Kurt Wallander
10 Days To War (2008)As: Colonel Tim Collins
Walking With Monsters (2005)As: Narrator -- [Voice]
World War 1 in Colour (2003)As: Narrator
Walking With Beasts (2001)As: Narrator -- [Voice]
Walking with Dinosaurs (1999)As: Narrator (UK Version) -- [Voice]
Fortunes of War (1987)As: Guy Pringle
Episode Cast Credits 

Richard Attenborough: A Life (2014) 
  Episode 1 01x01: (Sep/14/2014) As Himself 

Charlie Rose: The Week (2013) 
  Season 1, Episode 51 01x51: (Jun/20/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Charlie Rose (1991) 
  Rob Ashford, Alex Kingston & Sir Kenneth Branagh 23x207: (Jun/18/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Graham Norton Show (2007) 
  Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh, Thierry Henry, Lee Mack, Katy B 14x15: (Jan/24/2014) As Himself 
  Kenneth Branagh, Zach Braff, Frank Skinner, Taio Cruz 10x11: (Jan/20/2012) As Himself 

Daybreak (2010) 
  January 21, 2014 04x98: (Jan/21/2014) As Himself 
  April 21, 2011 01x164: (Apr/21/2011) As Himself 

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  July 12, 2013 14x193: (Jul/12/2013) As Himself 
  February 27, 2012 13x58: (Feb/27/2012) As Himself 
  February 10, 2012 13x41: (Feb/10/2012) As Himself 
  November 18, 2011 12x322: (Nov/18/2011) As Himself 

The View (1997) 
  Kenneth Branagh, Leonard Nimoy, Alyse Myers, John Stossel 12x170: (May/08/2009) As Himself 
  Season 2, Episode 56 02x56: (Nov/16/1998) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Season 1, Episode 117 01x117: (Jan/20/1998) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005) 
  Kenneth Branagh, Antony and the Johnsons 05x72: (Apr/29/2009) As Himself 
  Kenneth Branagh, Todd Sawyer 03x171: (Oct/19/2007) As Himself 
  John Larroquette, They Might Be Giants 03x170: (Oct/18/2007) As Himself 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Scarlett Johansson, Kenneth Branaugh, Staind 17x60: (Dec/17/2008) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Andrew Marr Show (2005) 
  28 September 2008 04x05: (Sep/28/2008) As Himself 

Parkinson (2004) (2004) 
  Ewan McGregor, Kenneth Branagh, Paul Merton, K.D. Lang 07x09: (Nov/17/2007) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Tina Fey, Kenneth Branagh, Ani DiFranco 15x13: (Oct/03/2007) As Himself 

American Experience (1988) 
  The Man Behind Hitler 18x13: (May/22/2006) Voiced  Narrator/Joseph Goebbels 

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) 
  Kenneth Branagh/Lisa Marie Presley 02x137: (Apr/05/2005) As Himself 

American Masters (1986) 
  Lon Chaney: a Thousand Faces 16x02: (Oct/30/2002) Voiced  Narrator 

Omnibus (1967) 
  Robert Altman in England 36x03: (Feb/02/2002) As Himself 

The Emmy Awards (1949) 
  The 53rd Annual Emmy Awards 53x01: (Nov/04/2001) As Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (for 'Conspiracy') 

Parkinson (1998) (1998) 
  Kenneth Branagh, Bob Monkhouse, Esther Williams 03x09: (Mar/17/2000) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Kenneth Branagh, Spice Girls, Jim Nantz 05x80: (Jan/15/1998) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Kenneth Branaugh, Bonnie Hunt, Counting Crows 04x62: (Dec/11/1996) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Show #0499 03x60: (Dec/01/1995) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Show #0257 02x38: (Oct/26/1994) As Himself 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 69th Annual Academy Awards 45x01: (Mar/24/1997) As Presenter, [Featuring]

Masterpiece (1971) 
  Fortunes of War: (Episode 2) 17x16: (Jan/24/1988) As Guy Pringle 
  Fortunes of War: (Episode 1) 17x15: (Jan/17/1988) As Guy Pringle 

Play for Today (1970) 
  A Coming to Terms for Billy 14x03: (Feb/21/1984) As Billy Martin 
  A Matter of Choice for Billy 13x17: (May/10/1983) As Billy 
  Too Late to Talk to Billy 12x16: (Feb/16/1982) As Billy 
Crew Credits

Show Crew


Wallander (2008)• Executive Producer

Episode Crew


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Kenneth Branagh Quotes
(On his very own interpretation of "Hamlet"): "Presenting the play uncut has allowed the characters to reveal even more, and we discover extra details about them which are usually lost on stage. The political situation becomes clearer, and Hamlet is revealed as a knowledgeable man of the theater in his discussion of the boy actors. We can convey a stronger sense of Denmark as a country ill at ease with itself, where there is indeed something rotten and disjointed. The restored lines are not mere padding, but reinforce the idea that the play is about a national as well as domestic tragedy."

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