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Branagh in April 2011
Kenneth Charles Branagh
10 December 1960
|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
|Home town||Reading, Berkshire, England|
|Partner(s)||Helena Bonham Carter
Sir Kenneth Branagh (born 10 December 1960) is a British actor, movie director and television producer. He played Hamlet. He has directed and acted in many Shakespeare adaptations. He has acted alongside popular actors including: Emma Thompson, Keanu Reeves, Michael Keaton, Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman.
Branagh has played the title role in BBC radio broadcasts of Hamlet and Cyrano de Bergerac, and the role of Edmund in King Lear. Branagh has narrated several audiobooks, such as The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis. He also participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony portraying Isambard Kingdom Brunel during the Industrial Revolution segment, "pandemonium" giving the speech from The Tempest.
Branagh, the middle of three children, was born in Belfast, the son of working class Protestant parents Frances and William Branagh. He lived in the Tigers Bay area of the city and was educated at Grove Primary School.
At the age of nine, he moved with his family to Reading, Berkshire, England, to escape the Troubles. He was educated at Whiteknights Primary School, then Meadway School, Tilehurst, where he appeared in school productions such as Toad of Toad Hall and Oh, What a Lovely War!.
He attended the amateur Reading Cine & Video Society (now called Reading Film & Video Makers) as a member and was a keen member of Progress Theatre for whom he is now the patron. Branagh went on to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. In 1980 the Principal of RADA, Hugh Cruttwell, asked Branagh to perform a soliloquy from Hamlet for Queen Elizabeth II, during one of her visits to the academy.
|1981||Chariots of Fire||Cambridge Student||Uncredited|
|1987||A Month in the Country||James Moon|
|1989||Henry V||Henry V|
|1991||Dead Again||Mike Church / Roman Strauss|
|1992||Peter's Friends||Andrew Benson|
|1993||Much Ado About Nothing||Benedick|
|Swing Kids||Herr Knopp, Gestapo||Uncredited|
|1994||Mary Shelley's Frankenstein||Victor Frankenstein|
|1998||The Gingerbread Man||Rick Magruder|
|The Theory of Flight||Richard|
|The Proposition||Father Michael McKinnon|
|The Dance of Shiva||Colonel Evans||Short film|
|1999||Alien Love Triangle||Steven Chesterman|
|Wild Wild West||Dr. Arliss Loveless|
|2000||Love's Labour's Lost||Berowne|
|The Road to El Dorado||Miguel||Voice Only|
|How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog||Peter McGowen|
|Periwig Maker||The Periwig Maker||Short film|
|2001||Schneider's 2nd Stage||Joseph Barnett|
|2002||Rabbit Proof Fence||A.O. Neville|
|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||Gilderoy Lockhart|
|2004||Five Children & It||Uncle Albert|
|2007||Sleuth||Man on TV||Uncredited|
|2008||Valkyrie||Henning von Tresckow|
|2009||The Boat That Rocked||Sir Alistair Dormandy|
|2011||My Week with Marilyn||Laurence Olivier|
|2012||Stars in Shorts||Mark Snow||Short Film, episode: "Prodigal"|
|2014||Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit||Viktor Cherevin|
|Murder on the Orient Express||Hercule Poirot|
|2018||Avengers: Infinity War||Asgardian Distress Caller||Voice only
|All Is True||William Shakespeare|
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