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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 & 57 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:

(January 21 to March 4, 1990) He directed William Shakespeare's play, "King Lear," in the American debut of the Renaissance Theatre Company productions at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California. He also played Edgar in the production. 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 being told he is to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II] I was very, very, very surprised and I was very touched. Michael Caine and Roger Moore, both of whom I've worked with, offered only the insight that it's handy to have the 'kneeling stool with the handle'. Roger Moore, who has a dodgy knee, was terrified on the way to the ceremony that, having knelt down, he wouldn't be kneeling back up ... See more »

Trivia:

Mentioned in the theme song for The Adventures of George the Projectionist (2006). See more »

Trademark:

Frequently gives small roles to Patrick Doyle, his composer See more »

Nickname:

Ken

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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