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Kenneth Branagh

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 Company, where he took on starring roles in "Henry V" and "Romeo and Juliet". He soon found the RSC too large and impersonal and formed his own, the Renaissance Theatre Company, which now counts Prince Charles as one of its royal patrons. At 29, he directed and starred in the film Henry V (1989), which costarred his then-wife, Emma Thompson. The film brought him Best Actor and Best Director Oscar nominations. In 1993, he brought Shakespeare to mainstream audiences again with his hit adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing (1993), which featured an all-star cast that included Denzel Washington and Keanu Reeves. At 30, he published his autobiography and, at 34, he directed and starred as "Victor Frankenstein" in the big-budget adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), with Robert De Niro as the monster himself. The bad reviews may have had some effect on his marriage, though, because, in October 1995, he and Thompson announced their plans to divorce. In 1996, Branagh wrote, directed and starred in a lavish adaptation of Hamlet (1996). In recent years, he starred in a series of non-Bard-related roles in Celebrity (1998), Wild Wild West (1999), and as a voice in The Road to El Dorado (2000).

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Dec 10, 1960 In Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Play for Today 1970-10-15
Latest Project:
Series Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014-02-24

Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 29 wins & 53 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Late Night with Seth Meyers
Poster of Prophets of Science Fiction
Poster of Wallander
Poster of Walking with Dinosaurs
Late Night with Seth Meyers Unknown 2014-02-24
Prophets of Science Fiction Unknown 2011-11-09
Wallander Kurt Wallander 12 episodes, 2008-2015 2009-05-10
The Graham Norton Show Unknown 2007-02-22
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
Walking with Monsters Narrator 3 episodes, 2005 2005-11-05
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts Narrator 8 episodes, 2001 2001-11-15
Walking with Dinosaurs Narrator 7 episodes, 1999 2000-04-16
Secrets of the Dead Unknown 2000-05-15
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
American Experience Unknown 1988-10-04
Play for Tomorrow Unknown 1982-04-13
CBS News Sunday Morning Unknown 1979
Play for Today Billy Martin 3 episodes, 1982-1984 1970-10-15