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Kenneth Branagh


Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to parents William Branagh, a plumber and carpenter, and Frances (Harper), both born in 1930. He has two siblings, William Branagh, Jr. (born 1955) and Joyce Branagh (born 1970). When he was nine, his family escaped The Troubles by moving to Reading, Berkshire, ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 29 wins & 56 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Valkyrie
Valkyrie Major-General Henning von Tresckow
(2008)
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein
(1994)
Henry V
Henry V King Henry V
(1989)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Viktor Cherevin
(2014)

Filmography

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 2016 Mindhorn
Kenneth Branagh (uncredited)
 2013 Macbeth
Macbeth
 2011/III Prodigal (Short)
Mark Snow
 2008 10 Days to War (TV Series)
Colonel Tim Collins
- Our Business Is North (2008) ... Colonel Tim Collins
 2008 Alien Love Triangle (Short)
Steven Chesterman
 2007 Sleuth
Other Man on T.V. (uncredited)
 2007 The Bible Revolution (TV Movie documentary)
Bible Reader (voice)
 2006 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- The Man Behind Hitler (2006) ... Narrator
 2004 Five Children and It
Uncle Albert
 2001 Short6
Periwig-maker (segment "The Periwig-Maker") (voice)
 2001 Conspiracy (TV Movie)
Reinhard Heydrich
 2001 Schneider's 2nd Stage (Short)
Joseph Barnett
 2000 How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog
Peter McGowen
 2000 The Road to El Dorado
Miguel (voice)
 1999 The Periwig-Maker (Short)
Periwig-maker (voice)
 1998 The Dance of Shiva (Short)
Col. Evans
 1998 The Theory of Flight
Richard
 1996 Hamlet
Hamlet
 1995 Othello
Iago
 1995 Performance (TV Series)
Donal Davoren
 1994 Omnibus (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- Gielgud: Scenes from 9 Decades (1994) ... Narrator (voice)
 1993 Swing Kids
Herr Knopp, Gestapo (uncredited)
 1992 Peter's Friends
Andrew
 1989 Look Back in Anger (TV Movie)
Jimmy Porter
 1988 Thompson (TV Series)
Various Roles
- Episode #1.6 (1988) ... Various Roles
- Episode #1.5 (1988) ... Various Roles
- Episode #1.4 (1988) ... Various Roles
- Episode #1.3 (1988) ... Various Roles
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Various Roles
 1987 Lorna (TV Movie)
Billy
 1987 A Month in the Country
James Moon
 1987 High Season
Rick
 1987 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Oswald
- Ghosts (1987) ... Oswald
 1985 Coming Through (TV Movie)
D.H. Lawrence
 1984 Boy in the Bush (TV Mini-Series)
Jack Grant
 1983 To the Lighthouse (TV Movie)
Charles Tansley
 1982 Play for Tomorrow (TV Series)
Student
- Easter 2016 (1982) ... Student
 1981 Chariots of Fire
Cambridge Student - Society Day crowd (uncredited)
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Other Works:

He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Henry V," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Ian McDiarmid and Patricia Routledge in the cast. Adrian Noble was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

9 Interviews | 12 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 9 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Ken Branagh | Sir Kenneth Branagh

Height:

5' 9½" (1.77 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on Dead Again (1991)] I didn't set out do to something 180 degrees from Henry V (1989). I was trying to get a film of Thomas Hardy's "Return of the Native" made when the Dead Again script arrived out the blue and I simply couldn't put it down. Simple as that. It reminded me of the first sort of films that really made an impression on me. Immediately I was thinking of Dial M for Murder (1954), ... See more »

Trivia:

Along with Orson Welles, Laurence Olivier, Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood and Roberto Benigni, he is one of only seven men to receive Academy Award nominations for both Best Actor and Best Director for the same film: Welles for Citizen Kane (1941), Olivier for Hamlet (1948), Allen for Annie Hall (1977), Beatty for both Heaven Can Wait (1978) and Reds (1981), Branagh for Henry V (1989)... See more »

Trademark:

Likes to use very long takes (3-4 minutes) at certain points during his films. See more »

Nickname:

Ken

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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