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Name: Kenneth Branagh  
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Date of Birth: 10th December 1960
Place of Birth: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Profession: Actor
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Kenneth Charles Branagh (born December 10, 1960) is a versatile, Emmy winning Northern Irish actor and film director.


Branagh was born in Belfast in Northern Ireland but at the age of nine relocated with his family to Reading in England. He received a honorary doctorate in Literature from Queen's University, Belfast in 1990.

Branagh has worked on both stage and screen. He is probably best known for his popular film adaptations of the works of William Shakespeare, beginning with Henry V in 1989 and including versions of Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Love's Labour's Lost (2000) and Hamlet (1996). He has also starred in a number of other successful films unrelated to Shakespeare.

Branagh has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including two for directing and acting in Henry V and another for the screenplay of Hamlet. He has also won an Emmy Award for his performance in the 2001 TV film Conspiracy.

He starred several times with his then wife, Emma Thompson; they were married in 1989, and divorced in 1995. For several years he was in a well-publicised relationship with Helena Bonham Carter, with whom he also starred several times. He married again in 2003, to film art director Lindsay Brunnock.

In 1994 Branagh declined to become a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).


Selected Filmography (actor)

  • Warm Springs (2005) as Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) as Professor Gilderoy Lockhart
  • Shackleton (TV) (2002) as Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton
  • How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2002)
  • Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) as A. O. Neville
  • Conspiracy (TV) (2001)
  • Love's Labour's Lost (2000)
  • The Road to El Dorado (2000) (voice)
  • Wild Wild West (1999) as Dr. Arliss Loveless
  • Celebrity (1998)
  • The Theory of Flight (1998)
  • Hamlet (1996) as Hamlet
  • Othello (1995) as Iago
  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) as Dr. Victor Frankenstein
  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993) as Benedick
  • Swing Kids (1993) as Herr Knopp, Gestapo (uncredited)
  • Peter's Friends (1992)
  • Dead Again (1991) as Mike Church, P.I.
  • Henry V (1989) as Henry V
  • A Month in the Country (1988) as James Moon
  • Fortunes of War (TV) (1987)

Selected Filmography (director)

  • As You Like It (2006)
  • Love's Labour's Lost (2000)
  • Hamlet (1996)
  • A Midwinter's Tale (1996)
  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
  • Peter's Friends (1992)
  • Dead Again (1991)
  • Henry V (1989)


  • Walking with Dinosaurs (UK version) (TV series) (1999)
    • The Making of Walking with Dinosaurs (UK version) (TV series) (1999)
    • The Ballad of Big Al (UK version) (TV special) (2001)
  • Walking with Beasts (UK version) (TV series) (2001)
    • The Science of Walking with Beasts (Australia) (Two-part TV special) (2001)

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