Branagh, Kenneth

▪ British actor, director, and writer
in full  Kenneth Charles Branagh  
born December 10, 1960, Belfast, Northern Ireland, U.K.

      Irish-born English stage and motion-picture actor, director, and writer who is best known for his film adaptations of Shakespearean plays (Shakespeare, William).

      At age nine Branagh moved with his family from Northern Ireland to London. He began acting in school plays and graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1981. Six weeks later he made his professional stage debut. In 1984 he joined the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), where he received acclaim for his performances in Hamlet and Henry V. Often compared to Laurence Olivier (Olivier, Laurence, Baron Olivier of Brighton), Branagh was noted for his magnetic and often whimsical performances. In 1987 he left the RSC to cofound the Renaissance Theatre Company, for which he served as actor, writer, and director.

      In 1989 Branagh brought Henry V to the screen. The movie received critical acclaim, and Branagh was nominated for Academy Awards as best director and best actor. His costar in the movie, Emma Thompson (Thompson, Emma), was an actress he had met while filming a television series. They were married from 1989 to 1995 and appeared together in many film and stage productions.

      Credited with making Shakespeare accessible to the masses, Branagh also acted in and directed In the Bleak Midwinter (1995; U.S. title A Midwinter's Tale), about a production of Hamlet staged in a local church, as well as film versions of Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Hamlet (1996), and Love's Labour's Lost (2000). In 1995 he appeared as Iago in the film Othello. He also directed and acted in the motion pictures Dead Again (1991) and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994). Branagh also appeared in several roles on television, including that of Thomas Mendip in Christopher Fry's The Lady's Not for Burning (1987), Guy Pringle in the miniseries Fortunes of War (1987), Jimmy Porter in John Osborne's Look Back in Anger (1989), and Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton in Shackleton (2002). In 2005 he played Franklin D. Roosevelt in the television miniseries Warm Springs; his performance was nominated for a Golden Globe. Branagh's later films include Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), a film adaptation of J.K. Rowling (Rowling, J.K.)'s popular children's book. In 2007 he directed Michael Caine (Caine, Sir Michael) and Jude Law in Sleuth, a remake of the 1972 film about a mystery author who gets revenge on his wife's younger lover. Branagh's autobiography, Beginning, was published in 1989.

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