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Kenneth Branagh

Lowest Rated:   11% The Proposition (1998)
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Birthplace:   Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Perhaps the best-known Shakespeare interpreter of the late 20th century, Kenneth Branagh began his career in a golden haze of critical exultation. First a star pupil at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (one of Britain's most prestigious drama schools), then a promising newcomer on the London stage, then hailed as "the next Olivier" for his 1989 screen adaptation of Henry V, Branagh could, for a long time, do no wrong. Unfortunately, a string of bad luck, catalyzed by his disastrous Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in 1994, began to tarnish the halo that had hovered above the actor/director's head. His lavish, four-hour Hamlet in 1996, however, did much to further his status as a man who knew his Bard, helping to alleviate some of the disappointments that both preceded and came after it.Although his accent suggests otherwise, Branagh originally hails from Northern Ireland, not England. Born in Belfast December 10, 1960, to a working-class family, he was raised in the strife-ridden section of the country until he was nine. Leaving Belfast to escape its troubles, his family relocated to Reading, England, where Branagh spent the remainder of his childhood and adolescence. By turns bookish and athletic -- and assuming an English accent at school while remaining Irish at home -- Branagh became interested in acting at the age of 15, after seeing Derek Jacobi perform Hamlet (the two would later collaborate numerous times both in film and on the stage). Immersing himself in all things theatrical, Branagh was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London when he was 18.For Branagh, RADA formed the beginning of a brilliant career. The young actor drew repeated acclaim, particularly for his titular performance in a production of Hamlet, and won the school's coveted Bancroft Award for his work. After graduation, he went on to further success on the West End stage, where he starred opposite Rupert Everett in a 1982 production of Another Country. For his portrayal of a conflicted schoolboy, the actor won the Society of West End Theatres' Most Promising Newcomer Award. The following year, he further ascended his adopted country's theatrical ranks, securing a coveted membership in the Royal Shakespeare Company. Branagh continued to enjoy almost consistent critical appreciation during his tenure with the company, garnering particular praise for his lead performance in a production of Henry V. He became increasingly unhappy, however, with the RSC's bureaucratic organization and stuffiness and, in 1987, quit to form the Renaissance Theatre Company with his friend David Parfitt. The idea for the company came to Branagh while he was making the acclaimed Masterpiece Theatre adaptation of Fortunes of War in 1987. That production was one of many he did for television during his time with the RSC, and it was during that period that he met Emma Thompson, whom he married in 1989 and cast in almost all his films until their 1995 divorce.Although Renaissance struggled at first -- its premiere effort, a production of Public Enemy, met with across-the-board disapproval -- it gained a reputation for quality work, and soon counted such vaunted performers as Judi Dench, Richard Briers, and Derek Jacobi among its ranks, many of whom were later cast in Branagh's directorial debut, Henry V. The 1989 film, a sober, mud-saturated affair that served as a stark contrast to Olivier's 1944 version (which was intended to boost England's national pride), brought Branagh international acclaim and recognition. He was soon being hailed by many a publication as "the next Olivier," a title which he repeatedly stated made him uncomfortable. The next Olivier or not, Branagh was nominated for Best Director and Best Actor Oscars for his work, and went on to win other honors, including British Academy and National Board of Review Best Director awards.Riding high on this success, Branagh rather cheekily published his autobiography, Beginning, at the advanced age of 28

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Artemis Fowl
  • Director
2019
No Score Yet Assassinato no Expresso do Oriente
  • Hercule Poiret
  • Director
  • Producer
2017
58% Murder On The Orient Express
  • Hercule Poirot
  • Director
  • Producer
$51.8M 2017
92% Dunkirk
  • Commander Bolton
$188.1M 2017
No Score Yet Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's Romeo And Juliet
  • Director
2016
No Score Yet Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's The Winter's Tale
  • Actor
  • Director
$0.3M 2015
84% Cinderella
  • Director
$183.4M 2015
56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
  • Director
  • Viktor Cherevin
$43.1M 2014
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: This House
  • Actor
$95.8k 2013
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: Macbeth Encore
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Sur la Terre des Dinosaures
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Prodigal
  • Actor
2012
83% My Week with Marilyn
  • Sir Laurence Olivier
$12.7M 2011
77% Thor
  • Director
$181.1M 2011
No Score Yet Prodigal
  • Mark Snow
2011
61% Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked)
  • Minister Dormandy
$8.1M 2009
62% Valkyrie
  • Major-General Henning von Tresckow
$83M 2008
36% Sleuth
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Man
$0.3M 2007
No Score Yet Stephen Fry: 50 Not Out
  • Actor
2007
68% The Magic Flute
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2006
36% As You Like It
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
2006
No Score Yet Walking with Monsters: Before the Dinosaurs
  • Actor
2006
95% The Goebbels Experiment
  • Screenwriter
  • Narrator (English Version)
2005
No Score Yet Warm Springs
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt
2005
No Score Yet World War 1 in Color
  • Actor
2005
63% 5 Children and It
  • Uncle Albert
2004
88% Rabbit-Proof Fence
  • A.O. Neville
$6.1M 2002
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Gilderoy Lockhart
$261.9M 2002
No Score Yet The Tramp and the Dictator
  • Narrator
2002
No Score Yet Shackleton
  • Ernest Henry Shackleton
2002
58% How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog
  • Peter McGowen
2002
No Score Yet Allosaurus: A Walking With Dinosaurs Special
  • Narrator
2001
No Score Yet Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Conspiracy
  • Gen. Reinhard Heydrich
2001
No Score Yet Walking With Prehistoric Beasts
  • Actor
2001
49% Love's Labour's Lost
  • Screenwriter
  • Berowne
  • Producer
  • Director
2000
No Score Yet Walking with Dinosaurs
  • Actor
2000
48% The Road to El Dorado
  • Miguel
2000
No Score Yet Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces
  • Actor
2000
100% Galapagos: The Enchanted Voyage
  • Narrator
$18M 1999
17% Wild Wild West
  • Dr. Arliss Loveless
1999
No Score Yet Discovering Hamlet
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Walking with Dinosaurs
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Aliens in the Wild, Wild West
  • Actor
1999
52% The Theory of Flight
  • Richard
1998
41% Celebrity
  • Lee Simon
1998
11% The Proposition
  • Father Michael McKinnon
1998
60% The Gingerbread Man
  • Rick Magruder
1997
No Score Yet Great Composers - Mozart
  • Actor
1997
95% Hamlet
  • Hamlet
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1996
81% Looking for Richard
  • Himself
1996
81% In the Bleak Midwinter (A Midwinter's Tale)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1996
67% Othello
  • Iago
1995
97% Anne Frank Remembered
  • Narrator
1995
39% Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Dr. Victor Frankenstein
1994
No Score Yet Fortunes of War
  • Actor
1994
89% Much Ado About Nothing
  • Benedick
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1993
43% Swing Kids
  • Herr Knopp, Gestapo
1993
71% Peter's Friends
  • Director
  • Andrew
  • Producer
1992
83% Dead Again
  • Director
  • Mike Church/Roman Strauss
1991
No Score Yet Symphony for the Spire
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Strange Interlude
  • Gordon Evans
1990
100% Henry V
  • Henry V
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1989
No Score Yet Look Back in Anger
  • Jimmy Porter
1989
No Score Yet Universal Horror
  • Narrator
1988
No Score Yet A Month in the Country
  • James Moon
1987
No Score Yet Ghosts
  • Actor
1987
60% High Season
  • Rick Lamb
1987
No Score Yet Ghosts
  • Oswald
1987
No Score Yet Coming Through
  • D. H. Lawrence
1985
No Score Yet To the Lighthouse
  • Charles Tansley
1983

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Today
2017
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
  • 2012
87% Wallander
2008-2016
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Kurt Wallander
  • 2016
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2007
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2005
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Kurt Wallander
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 2006
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Cold War
  • Actor

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