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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 ... See full bio »

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

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 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)
- 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 The Periwig-Maker (Short)
Periwig-maker (voice)
 2000 How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog
Peter McGowen
 2000 The Road to El Dorado
Miguel (voice)
 1998 The Dance of Shiva (Short)
Col. Evans
 1998 The Theory of Flight
 1996 Hamlet
 1995 Othello
 1995 Performance (TV Series)
Donal Davoren
 1994 Omnibus (TV Series documentary)
- Gielgud: Scenes from 9 Decades (1994) ... Narrator (voice)
 1993 Swing Kids
Herr Knopp, Gestapo (uncredited)
 1992 Peter's Friends
 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)
 1987 A Month in the Country
James Moon
 1987 High Season
 1987 Theatre Night (TV Series)
- 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)
- Easter 2016 (1982) ... Student
 1981 Chariots of Fire
Cambridge Student - Society Day crowd (uncredited)
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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 »

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

Alternate Names:

Ken Branagh | Sir Kenneth Branagh


5' 9½" (1.77 m)

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I feel more Irish than English. I feel freer than British, more visceral, with a love of language. Shot through with fire in some way. That's why I resist being appropriated as the current repository of Shakespeare on the planet. That would mean I'm part of the English cultural elite, and I am utterly ill-fitted to be. See more »


Shares two film roles with Laurence Olivier: Henry V and Hamlet. He and Olivier also both directed their own performances in both films. He also directed Sleuth (2007), a remake of the 1972 film, in which Olivier starred. This time, Michael Caine played Olivier's part, while Jude Law played the second of two roles he shared with Caine - having previously appeared in Alfie (2004). Kenneth Branagh ... See more »


Frequently works with Director of Photography Roger Lanser, with whom he has made eight films. See more »



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