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Kenneth Branagh

1960-12-10 Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Image of Kenneth Branagh


Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh (born 10 December 1960) is a British actor and filmmaker. Branagh trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London; in 2015 he succeeded Richard Attenborough as its president. He has been nominated for five Academy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards. He has won three BAFTAs and two Emmy Awards. He was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2012 Birthday Honours and knighted on 9 November 2012. He was made a Freeman of his native city of Belfast in January 2018. In 2020, he was listed at number 20 on The Irish Times list of Ireland's greatest film actors. Branagh has both directed and starred in several film adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays, including Henry V (1989), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Othello (1995), Hamlet (1996), Love's Labour's Lost (2000), and As You Like It (2006). He was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Director for Henry V and for Best Adapted Screenplay for Hamlet. He has also starred in the television series Fortunes of War (1987), Shackleton (2002), and Wallander (2008–2016) and in the films Celebrity (1998), Wild Wild West (1999), The Road to El Dorado (2000), as SS leader Reinhard Heydrich in Conspiracy (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Warm Springs (2005), as Major General Henning von Tresckow in Valkyrie (2008), The Boat That Rocked (2009), and as Sir Laurence Olivier in My Week with Marilyn (2011), Dunkirk (2017), and Tenet (2020). He won an International Emmy Award for Wallander and a Primetime Emmy Award for Conspiracy, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for My Week with Marilyn. Branagh directed and starred in the romantic thriller Dead Again (1991), the horror film Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), and the action thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014). He directed and starred as Hercule Poirot in the mystery drama adaptations of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express (2017) and Death on the Nile (2022). He also directed such films as Swan Song (1992), which earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film, The Magic Flute (2006), Sleuth (2007), the Marvel superhero film Thor (2011), and the live-action adaptation of Disney's Cinderella (2015), He narrated numerous documentary series, including Cold War (1998), Walking with Dinosaurs (1999), The Ballad of Big Al (2001), Walking with Beasts (2001), Walking with Monsters (2005), and World War 1 in Colour (2005).


The 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Self - Winner 2024-02-24
Oppenheimer Niels Bohr 2023-07-19
A Haunting in Venice Hercule Poirot 2023-09-13
The Story Of Our Time: The Making Of Oppenheimer Self 2023-11-13
Denzel Washington - Un modèle américain Self 2022-10-15
Death on the Nile Hercule Poirot 2022-02-09
Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Thor: Love and Thunder Self - Director (archive footage) 2022-09-08
Fireheart Shawn Nolan (voice) 2022-01-16
Peter O'Toole: Along the Sky Road to Aqaba Self 2022-11-26
Looking at the World in a New Way: The Making of 'Tenet' Self 2020-12-15
Tenet Andrei Sator 2020-08-22
Lost Lives 2019-10-10
Avengers: Infinity War Asgardian Distress Call (voice) (uncredited) 2018-04-25
All Is True William Shakespeare 2018-12-21
Murder on the Orient Express Hercule Poirot 2017-11-03
Dunkirk Commander Bolton 2017-07-19
The Making of 'Dunkirk' Self 2017-12-09
Mindhorn Himself 2016-10-09
Branagh Theatre Live: The Entertainer Archie Rice 2016-10-27
Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter's Tale Leontes 2015-11-30
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Viktor Cherevin 2014-01-15
Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe Self 2014-03-18
National Theatre Live: Macbeth Macbeth, Thane of Glamis and Cawdor, general in the King's army 2013-07-19
London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isles of Wonder Isambard Kingdom Brunel 2012-07-27
Stars In Shorts Mark Snow 2012-09-28
Prodigal Mark Snow 2011-09-01
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope Self 2011-09-10
Thor: From Asgard to Earth Himself 2011-09-13
Discovering Hamlet Hamlet (archive footage) 2011-11-01
My Week with Marilyn Sir Laurence Olivier 2011-11-23
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story Self 2010-07-24
A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics Self 2009-12-20
A Night at the Movies: The Suspenseful World of Thrillers Self 2009-10-02
The Boat That Rocked Dormandy 2009-04-01
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year Narrator (voice) 2009-07-02
Valkyrie Henning von Tresckow 2008-12-25
Alien Love Triangle Steven Chesterman 2008-03-08
James Ellis: An Actor's Life Himself 2007-07-02
Sleuth Other Man on T.V. 2007-10-12
Stephen Fry: 50 Not Out Self 2007-08-11
As You Like It self 2006-09-01
Walking with Monsters Narrator (voice) 2005-11-05
Warm Springs Franklin Delano Roosevelt 2005-04-30
Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic Narrator 2004-04-05
Five Children and It Uncle Albert 2004-10-15
The Magic Touch of Harry Potter Self 2004-06-11
Following the Rabbit-Proof Fence Himself / Narrator 2003-04-15
The Tramp and the Dictator Narrator (voice) 2002-02-14
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Gilderoy Lockhart 2002-11-13
Rabbit-Proof Fence A. O. Neville 2002-02-04
How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog Peter McGowan 2002-02-22
Schneider's 2nd Stage Joseph Barnett 2001-03-31
Conspiracy Heydrich 2001-05-19
The Beasts Within Narrator (voice) 2001-11-28
Triumph of the Beasts Narrator (voice) 2001-11-21
Love's Labour's Lost Berowne 2000-03-31
The Making of Walking with Dinosaurs Narrator 2000-03-12
Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces Self / Narrator 2000-10-24
The Road to El Dorado Miguel (voice) 2000-03-31
Wild Wild West: Evil Devices Himself 1999-11-30
Der Perückenmacher Periwig-maker (voice) 1999-11-13
Wild Wild West: Loveless's Ladies Himself 1999-11-30
IMAX: Galapagos 3D Narrator 1999-10-27
The Theory of Flight Richard 1999-01-22
Wild Wild West Dr. Arliss Loveless 1999-06-30
It's a Whole New West: The Making of 'Wild, Wild West' Self 1999-06-29
The Dance of Shiva Colonel Evans 1998-12-18
The Gingerbread Man Rick Magruder 1998-01-23
Universal Horror Narrator 1998-10-08
The Proposition Father Michael McKinnon 1998-03-26
Celebrity Lee Simon 1998-09-07
Looking for Richard Self / Interview 1996-10-11
Hamlet Prince Hamlet 1996-12-25
Anne Frank Remembered Narration (voice) 1995-06-08
Othello Iago 1995-12-15
Shadow of a Gunman Donal Davoren 1995-10-07
It's Alive: The True Story of Frankenstein Self 1994-10-25
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein 1994-11-04
Much Ado About Nothing Benedick 1993-05-07
Swing Kids Herr Knopp, Gestapo 1993-03-05
Peter's Friends Andrew Benson 1992-09-18
Dead Again Roman Strauss / Mike Church 1991-08-23
Discovering Hamlet Himself / Hamlet 1990-01-07
Henry V Henry V 1989-10-05
Look Back in Anger Jimmy Porter 1989-12-28
Strange Interlude Gordon Evans 1988-07-13
The Lady's Not For Burning Thomas Mendip 1987-01-01
High Season Rick 1987-09-01
Ghosts Oswald 1987-06-14
A Month in the Country James Soon 1987-12-04
Lorna Billy Martin 1987-06-02
Coming Through D.H. Lawrence 1985-12-27
A Coming to Terms for Billy Billy Martin 1984-02-21
A Matter of Choice for Billy Billy Martin 1983-05-10
To the Lighthouse Charles Tansley 1983-03-22
Easter 2016 Student 1982-05-18
Too Late to Talk to Billy Billy Martin 1982-02-16
Chariots of Fire Cambridge Student at Society Day (uncredited) 1981-05-15