Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh

Actor, director, screenwriter
Date of Birth: 10.12.1960
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Kenneth Branagh
  2. Early Career and Renaissance Theatre Company
  3. Transition to Film and Marriage to Emma Thompson
  4. Return to Shakespeare and Varied Film Roles
  5. Later Career
  6. Filmography

Biography of Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is an actor, director, and screenwriter. Branagh studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and began his career in television. At the age of 23, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Company, and in 1984, he played the role of Henry V in Stratford.

Kenneth Branagh

Early Career and Renaissance Theatre Company

After two years of performing in London, Branagh decided that the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Company was not the right fit for him. He then co-founded the Renaissance Theatre Company with David Parfitt, with the patronage of Prince Charles. In this theater company, he successfully portrayed Hamlet and directed "King Lear". Many theater professionals compared the young and ambitious actor to Laurence Olivier.

Transition to Film and Marriage to Emma Thompson

In 1987, Branagh made his film debut in a supporting role in the comedy "High Season". In 1989, he achieved critical acclaim as a writer, director, and lead actor in the film adaptation of "Henry V". This film also starred Emma Thompson, who later became his wife. They worked together again in the film "Dead Again" in 1991. Their marriage lasted until 1996.

Return to Shakespeare and Varied Film Roles

After a few less successful roles, Branagh returned to Shakespearean themes, both as a director and actor. He directed the film adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing" in 1993, which also starred Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, and Keanu Reeves. He also played the role of Iago in Lawrence Fishburne's production of "Othello". Branagh then turned to Shakespeare again after the mixed reception of "Frankenstein" in 1994.

Later Career

In 1996, Branagh directed and starred in his adaptation of "Hamlet", which featured Charlton Heston, Jack Lemmon, Kate Winslet, and Julie Christie. He continued to have a successful career in both film and theater, taking on a wide range of roles. Some notable films he appeared in include "Wild Wild West" (1999), "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (2002), and "Valkyrie" (2008).


Throughout his career, Kenneth Branagh has appeared in numerous films, including "Henry V" (1989), "Much Ado About Nothing" (1993), "Hamlet" (1996), and "Frankenstein" (1994). He has also directed and starred in several Shakespearean adaptations. Branagh's versatility as an actor and director has made him a highly respected figure in both the film and theater industries.