Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh

  • Highest Rated: 100% Conspiracy (2001)
  • Lowest Rated: 11% The Proposition (1998)
  • Birthday: Dec 10, 1960
  • Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
  • Perhaps the best-known Shakespeare interpreter of the late 20th century, Kenneth Branagh began his career in a golden haze of critical exultation. First a star pupil at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (one of Britain's most prestigious drama schools), then a promising newcomer on the London stage, then hailed as "the next Olivier" for his 1989 screen adaptation of Henry V, Branagh could, for a long time, do no wrong. Unfortunately, a string of bad luck, catalyzed by his disastrous Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in 1994, began to tarnish the halo that had hovered above the actor/director's head. His lavish, four-hour Hamlet in 1996, however, did much to further his status as a man who knew his Bard, helping to alleviate some of the disappointments that both preceded and came after it.Although his accent suggests otherwise, Branagh originally hails from Northern Ireland, not England. Born in Belfast December 10, 1960, to a working-class family, he was raised in the strife-ridden section of the country until he was nine. Leaving Belfast to escape its troubles, his family relocated to Reading, England, where Branagh spent the remainder of his childhood and adolescence. By turns bookish and athletic -- and assuming an English accent at school while remaining Irish at home -- Branagh became interested in acting at the age of 15, after seeing Derek Jacobi perform Hamlet (the two would later collaborate numerous times both in film and on the stage). Immersing himself in all things theatrical, Branagh was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London when he was 18.For Branagh, RADA formed the beginning of a brilliant career. The young actor drew repeated acclaim, particularly for his titular performance in a production of Hamlet, and won the school's coveted Bancroft Award for his work. After graduation, he went on to further success on the West End stage, where he starred opposite Rupert Everett in a 1982 production of Another Country. For his portrayal of a conflicted schoolboy, the actor won the Society of West End Theatres' Most Promising Newcomer Award. The following year, he further ascended his adopted country's theatrical ranks, securing a coveted membership in the Royal Shakespeare Company. Branagh continued to enjoy almost consistent critical appreciation during his tenure with the company, garnering particular praise for his lead performance in a production of Henry V. He became increasingly unhappy, however, with the RSC's bureaucratic organization and stuffiness and, in 1987, quit to form the Renaissance Theatre Company with his friend David Parfitt. The idea for the company came to Branagh while he was making the acclaimed Masterpiece Theatre adaptation of Fortunes of War in 1987. That production was one of many he did for television during his time with the RSC, and it was during that period that he met Emma Thompson, whom he married in 1989 and cast in almost all his films until their 1995 divorce.Although Renaissance struggled at first -- its premiere effort, a production of Public Enemy, met with across-the-board disapproval -- it gained a reputation for quality work, and soon counted such vaunted performers as Judi Dench, Richard Briers, and Derek Jacobi among its ranks, many of whom were later cast in Branagh's directorial debut, Henry V. The 1989 film, a sober, mud-saturated affair that served as a stark contrast to Olivier's 1944 version (which was intended to boost England's national pride), brought Branagh international acclaim and recognition. He was soon being hailed by many a publication as "the next Olivier," a title which he repeatedly stated made him uncomfortable. The next Olivier or not, Branagh was nominated for Best Director and Best Actor Oscars for his work, and went on to win other honors, including British Academy and National Board of Review Best Director awards.Riding high on this success, Branagh rather cheekily published his autobiography, Beginning, at the advanced age of 28

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Filmography

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No Score Yet Death on the Nile Director Actor 2020
No Score Yet Artemis Fowl Director Producer 2020
No Score Yet Tenet Michael Caine 2020
71% All Is True Director William Shakespeare 2019
No Score Yet Lost Lives Actor 2019
60% Murder On The Orient Express Director Producer Hercule Poirot Hercule Poiret $101.6M 2017
93% Dunkirk Commander Bolton $188.1M 2017
No Score Yet Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's Romeo And Juliet Director 2016
No Score Yet Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's The Winter's Tale Actor Director $0.3M 2015
85% Cinderella Director $183.4M 2015
55% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Viktor Cherevin Director $43.1M 2014
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: This House Actor $95.8K 2013
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: Macbeth Encore Actor 2013
No Score Yet Prodigal Actor 2012
83% My Week with Marilyn Sir Laurence Olivier $12.7M 2011
78% Thor Director $181.1M 2011
No Score Yet Prodigal Mark Snow 2011
61% Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) Minister Dormandy $8.1M 2009
62% Valkyrie Major-General Henning von Tresckow $83M 2008
36% Sleuth Producer Man Director $0.3M 2007
No Score Yet Stephen Fry: 50 Not Out Actor 2007
70% The Magic Flute Director Screenwriter Producer 2006
36% As You Like It Screenwriter Producer Executive Producer Director 2006
95% The Goebbels Experiment Narrator (English Version) Screenwriter 2005
No Score Yet Warm Springs Franklin Delano Roosevelt 2005
No Score Yet World War 1 in Color Actor 2005
63% 5 Children and It Uncle Albert 2004
87% Rabbit-Proof Fence A.O. Neville $6.1M 2002
83% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Gilderoy Lockhart $261.9M 2002
No Score Yet The Tramp and the Dictator Narrator 2002
80% Shackleton Ernest Henry Shackleton 2002
58% How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog Peter McGowen 2002
No Score Yet Walking with Prehistoric Beasts Actor 2001
No Score Yet Allosaurus: A Walking With Dinosaurs Special Narrator 2001
100% Conspiracy Gen. Reinhard Heydrich 2001
No Score Yet Walking With Prehistoric Beasts Actor 2001
50% Love's Labour's Lost Screenwriter Producer Berowne Director 2000
48% The Road to El Dorado Miguel 2000
No Score Yet Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces Actor 2000
100% Galapagos: The Enchanted Voyage Narrator $18M 1999
17% Wild Wild West Dr. Arliss Loveless 1999
No Score Yet Discovering Hamlet Actor 1999
No Score Yet Walking with Dinosaurs Actor 1999
50% The Theory of Flight Richard 1998
41% Celebrity Lee Simon 1998
11% The Proposition Father Michael McKinnon 1998
58% The Gingerbread Man Rick Magruder 1997
No Score Yet Great Composers - Mozart Actor 1997
95% Hamlet Hamlet Screenwriter Director 1996
81% Looking for Richard Himself 1996
81% In the Bleak Midwinter (A Midwinter's Tale) Screenwriter Director 1996
67% Othello Iago 1995
97% Anne Frank Remembered Narrator 1995
38% Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Director Dr. Victor Frankenstein Producer 1994
No Score Yet Fortunes of War Actor 1994
90% Much Ado About Nothing Producer Benedick Screenwriter Director 1993
53% Swing Kids Herr Knopp, Gestapo 1993
71% Peter's Friends Director Andrew Producer 1992
83% Dead Again Director Mike Church/Roman Strauss 1991
No Score Yet Symphony for the Spire Actor 1991
No Score Yet Strange Interlude Gordon Evans 1990
100% Henry V Henry V Director 1989
No Score Yet Look Back in Anger Jimmy Porter 1989
No Score Yet Universal Horror Narrator 1988
No Score Yet A Month in the Country James Moon 1987
No Score Yet Ghosts Actor 1987
60% High Season Rick Lamb 1987
No Score Yet Ghosts Oswald 1987
No Score Yet Coming Through D. H. Lawrence 1985
No Score Yet To the Lighthouse Charles Tansley 1983

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No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2017
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
88% Wallander
2008-2016
Executive Producer Producer Kurt Wallander
  • 2016
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2007
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Executive Producer Producer Kurt Wallander
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Voice Narrator
  • 2006
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Voice Narrator
  • 2002
100% Walking with Dinosaurs
1999
Voice Host Narrator
  • 1999
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Gordon
No Score Yet The Cold War

QUOTES FROM Kenneth Branagh CHARACTERS

Miguel
You fight like my sister.
Tulio
I've fought your sister, that's a compliment.
Dr. Arliss Loveless
Don't you just HATE that song?
Dr. Arliss Loveless
Don't you just hate that song?
Andrew
I think adults are just children who owe money.
Viktor Cherevin
You Americans like to think yourself direct but maybe your just plain rude
Viktor Cherevin
You Americans like to think yourself direct but maybe your just plain rude.
Sir Laurence Olivier
She's quite wonderful. No training, no craft, no guile, just pure instinct. Astonishing.
Colin Clark
You should tell her that.
Sir Laurence Olivier
Oh, I will. But she won't believe me. That's probably what makes her great, yet it's certainly what makes her so profoundly unhappy.
Minister Dormandy
You see, that's the whole point of being the government. If you don't like something you simply make up a new law that makes it illegal.
Supermodel
Hey...nice car.
Lee Simon
Uh...thank - uh, would you...do you wanna drive it?
Supermodel
It's yours?
Lee Simon
It's, what am I a car thief or something? Of course it's mine, it's uh, it's an Aston Martin. You're very uh, you're so welcome because it's a, it's a great uh...you're, you're wearing a wig, which is uh...
Supermodel
Gimme the keys.
Lee Simon
(Thinking to himself at his high school reunion) What happened to all my classmates? Everyone's so mature looking and overweight. I didn't age that much...unless I did and I can't see it.
A.O. Neville
Just because people have Neolithic tools, Inspector, doesn't mean they have Neolithic minds.
A.O. Neville
Half-caste children have been gathered up and brought here to give them the benefit of everything our culture has to offer. For if we are to fit and train such children for the future, they cannot be left as they are, and in spite of himself, the native must be helped.
Uncle Albert
I'm writing a book--Difficult Sums for Children.
Uncle Albert
Smell that. That's Thursday.
Uncle Albert
Well, Martha, looks like Thursday's gone missing like last October.
Sir Laurence Olivier
Acting is all about truth and if you can fake that, you'll have a jolly good career.
Andrew
If there is a God, I think he takes a lot of long lunches.
Peter
It's funny. With both my parents gone, suddenly I have this overwhelming urge to act maturely.
Andrew
Oh, I don't think anyone really matures. I think adults are just children who owe money.
Carol
Look at this armoire. Is this real?
Andrew
No, it's imaginary.
Andrew
What's this then?
Peter
It's called a potbelly. We have those in England along with culture.
Sharp Featured Man
"I do know that for the sympathy of one living being, I would make peace with all. I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other."
Sharp Featured Man
I do know that for the sympathy of one living being, I would make peace with all. I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.
Sharp Featured Man
You gave me these emotions, but you didn't tell me how to use them. Now two people are dead because of us. Why?"
Sharp Featured Man
You gave me these emotions, but you didn't tell me how to use them. Now two people are dead because of us. Why?
Dr. Frankenstein
"There was something at work in my soul which I do not understand."
Dr. Frankenstein
There was something at work in my soul which I do not understand.
Sharp Featured Man
"And what of my soul? Do I have one? Or was that a part you left out?"
Sharp Featured Man
And what of my soul? Do I have one? Or was that a part you left out?
Tulio
What's happening here?
Miguel
We're both in barrels -- that's the extent of my knowledge.
Major-Gen. Henning von Tresckow
We have to show the world, that not all of us were like him
Major-Gen. Henning von Tresckow
We have to show the world, that not all of us were like him.
Sir Laurence Olivier (
The darling girl spends the entire day asleep
Sir Laurence Olivier (
The darling girl spends the entire day asleep.
Sir Laurence Olivier
The darling girl spends the entire day asleep.
Sir Laurence Olivier
Remember boy: when it comes to women, you're never too old for humiliation
Sir Laurence Olivier
Remember boy: when it comes to women, you're never too old for humiliation.
Sir Laurence Olivier
You do look, my son, in a moved sort, as if you were dismayed. Be cheerful, sir. Our revels new are ended. We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep
Sir Laurence Olivier
You do look, my son, in a moved sort, as if you were dismayed. Be cheerful, sir. Our revels new are ended. We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.
Sir Laurence Olivier
Be cheerful sir. Our revels now are ended. We are such stuff as dreams are made on and our little life is rounded with a sleep.
James T. West
For four long years I've been chasing the animal responsible for the massacre at New Liberty. I'm here to tell that's you.
Dr. Arliss Loveless
I am not an animal! I am a visionary, I am a genius, and now I am *angry*! And after I kill you, I swear I'm going to boil you down for axle grease!
Sir Laurence Olivier
She's quite wonderful. No training, no craft, no guile, just pure instinct. Astonishing.
Colin Clark
You should tell her that.
Sir Laurence Olivier
Oh, I will. But she won't believe me. That's probably what makes her great, yet it's certainly what makes her so profoundly unhappy.
A.O. Neville
If only they would understand what we are trying to do for them.
Henry V
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by from this day until the ending of the world but we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers, For he today who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother, Be he ne'er so vile, this day shall gentle his condition, and gentlemen in England now abed shall think themselves acursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap whilst any speaks, that fought with us upon St. Crispin's day!
Gilderoy Lockhart
Let me introduce you to your new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher... me. Gilderoy Lockhart, Order of Merlin, Third Class, Honorary member of the Dark Force Defense League, and five times winner of Witch Weekly's Most Charming Smile Award. But I don't talk about that; I didn't get rid of the Banden Banshee by smiling at him.
Gilderoy Lockhart
Let me introduce you to your new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher... me. Gilderoy Lockhart, Order of Merlin, Third Class, Honorary member of the Dark Force Defense League, and five times winner of Witch Weekly's Most Charming Smile Award. But I don't talk about that, I didn't get rid of the Banden Banshee by smiling at him.
Gilderoy Lockhart
Professor Dumbledore has granted me permission to start this little dueling club, to train you all up, in case you ever need to defend yourselves, as I myself have done on countless occasions. For full details, see my published works.
Gilderoy Lockhart
Harry, Harry, Harry. Can you possibly imagine a better way to serve detention, than by helping me to answer my fan mail?
Harry Potter
Not really.
Gilderoy Lockhart
Fame is a fickle friend Harry. Celebrity is as celebrity does. Remember that.
Major-Gen. Henning von Tresckow
You scared me half to death.
Col. Claus von Stauffenberg
You'll be closer than that before we're finished.
Henry V
I pray thee take my former answer back. Bid them achieve me than sell my bones!"
Henry V
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by from this day until the ending of the world but we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers, For he today who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother, Be he ne'er so vile, this day shall gentle his condition, and gentlemen in England now abed shall think themselves acursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap whilst any speaks, that fought with us upon St. Crispin's day!
Minister Dormandy
we their testicles in our hands Twatt! and it feels good
Minister Dormandy
we have their testicles in our hands Twatt! and it feels good