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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 31 wins & 58 nominations. See more awards »

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Henry V King Henry V
(1989)
Hamlet Hamlet
(1996)
(1993)
(2017)

Filmography

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 2019 Death on the Nile (pre-production)
Hercule Poirot
 2018 Avengers: Infinity War
Asgardian Distress Call (voice, uncredited)
 2017 Murder on the Orient Express
Hercule Poirot
 2017 Dunkirk
Commander Bolton
 2016 Mindhorn
Kenneth Branagh (uncredited)
 2008-2015 Wallander (TV Series)
Kurt Wallander
- The Troubled Man (2015) ... Kurt Wallander
- A Lesson in Love (2015) ... Kurt Wallander
- The White Lioness (2015) ... Kurt Wallander
- Before the Frost (2012) ... Kurt Wallander
- The Dogs of Riga (2012) ... Kurt Wallander
 2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Viktor Cherevin
 2013 Macbeth
Macbeth
 2012 London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isles of Wonder (TV Special)
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
 2011 My Week with Marilyn
Sir Laurence Olivier
 2011/III Prodigal (Short)
Mark Snow
 2010 Masterpiece Mystery (TV Series)
Kurt Wallander
- Wallander, Series II: Faceless Killers (2010) ... Kurt Wallander
 2009 Pirate Radio
Sir Alistair Dormandy
 2008 Valkyrie
Major-General Henning von Tresckow
 2008 10 Days to War (TV Mini-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
 2005 Warm Springs (TV Movie)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
 2004 Five Children and It
Uncle Albert
 2002 Shackleton (TV Mini-Series)
Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton
- Episode #1.2 (2002) ... Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton
- Episode #1.1 (2002) ... Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton
 2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Gilderoy Lockhart
 2002 Rabbit-Proof Fence
A.O. Neville
 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)
 2000 Love's Labour's Lost
Berowne
 1999 The Periwig-Maker (Short)
Periwig-maker (voice)
 1999 Wild Wild West
Dr. Arliss Loveless
 1999 Will Smith: Wild Wild West (Video short)
Dr. Arliss Loveless
 1998 The Dance of Shiva (Short)
Col. Evans
 1998 The Theory of Flight
Richard
 1998 Celebrity
Lee Simon
 1998 The Proposition
Father Michael McKinnon
 1998 The Gingerbread Man
Rick Magruder
 1996 Hamlet
Hamlet
 1995 Othello
Iago
 1995 Performance (TV Series)
Donal Davoren
- Shadow of a Gunman (1995) ... Donal Davoren
 1994 Frankenstein
Victor
 1994 Omnibus (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- Gielgud: Scenes from 9 Decades (1994) ... Narrator (voice)
 1993 Much Ado About Nothing
Benedick
 1993 Swing Kids
Herr Knopp, Gestapo (uncredited)
 1992 Peter's Friends
Andrew
 1991 Dead Again
Roman Strauss / Mike Church
 1989 Look Back in Anger (TV Movie)
Jimmy Porter
 1989 Henry V
King Henry V
 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
 1988 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Gordon Evans
- Strange Interlude (1988) ... Gordon Evans
 1987 Lorna (TV Movie)
Billy
 1987 The Lady's Not for Burning (TV Movie)
Thomas Mendip
 1987 Fortunes of War (TV Mini-Series)
Guy Pringle
- The Middle East: January 1943 (1987) ... Guy Pringle
- Egypt: September 1942 (1987) ... Guy Pringle
- Egypt: April 1941 (1987) ... Guy Pringle
- Greece: October 1940 (1987) ... Guy Pringle
- Romania: June 1940 (1987) ... Guy Pringle
 1987 High Season
Rick
 1987 A Month in the Country
James Moon
 1987 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Oswald
- Ghosts (1987) ... Oswald
 1985 Coming Through (TV Movie)
D.H. Lawrence
 1982-1984 Play for Today (TV Series)
Billy Martin
- A Coming to Terms for Billy (1984) ... Billy Martin
- A Matter of Choice for Billy (1983) ... Billy Martin
- Too Late to Talk to Billy (1982) ... Billy Martin
 1984 Boy in the Bush (TV Mini-Series)
Jack Grant
 1983 Maybury (TV Series)
Robert Clyde Moffat
- New Gods for Old: Part 2 (1983) ... Robert Clyde Moffat
- New Gods for Old: Part 1 (1983) ... Robert Clyde Moffat
 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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Show Show Director (21 credits)
Show Show Writer (8 credits)
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Other Works:

He played the title role in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" in a Renaissance Theatre Company production during the Renaissance Shakespeare Festival at the Phoenix Theatre in London, England with Samantha Bond, Richard Easton, Edward Jewesbury, David Lloyd Meredith, Dearbhla Molloy, David Parfitt, Shaun Prendergast, Sophie ... 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:

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 »

Trivia:

Filming his scenes for TV series 10 Days to War (2008) on location in Jordan. 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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