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Kenneth Charles Branagh Edit Profile

actor , filmmaker

Kenneth Branagh is a British actor, screenwriter, producer and director.


Kenneth Branagh was born on December 10, 1960 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is a son of William Branagh and Frances Branagh.


Branagh was educated at Grove Primary School, Whiteknights Primary School, then Meadway School, Tilehurst. Then he graduated from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1981. He received a degree of a Doctor of Letters (honorary) at Queens University, Belfast, in 1990.


Early in his career Branagh joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. He also appeared in several television productions, including The Lady’s Not for Burning (1987) and Look Back in Anger (1989), both movies adapted from plays, and the miniseries Fortunes of War (1987), based on novels by Olivia Manning. In 1987, he co-founded his own drama organization, the Renaissance Theatre Company, with David Parfitt. He subsequently starred as Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton in the miniseries Shackleton (2002) and as Franklin D. Roosevelt in the miniseries Warm Springs (2005). In the crime series Wallander (2008–16), which adapted the work of novelist Henning Mankell, Branagh played the title role.

Branagh’s later film roles included supporting turns in Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), a film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s popular children’s book. His appearance as Olivier in My Week with Marilyn (2011), which dramatized events behind the scenes of the 1957 film The Prince and the Showgirl, earned him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor. During this time Branagh continued to direct, and his credits include Sleuth (2007), a remake of the 1972 film about a mystery author who gets revenge on his wife’s younger lover, and Thor (2011), an adaptation of a comic book about the eponymous Norse god.

In 2014 he helmed the action thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, in which he also appeared as a vicious Russian banker. Branagh then directed Cinderella (2015), an adaptation of the classic fairy tale.

In 2017 Branagh portrayed a British naval commander in the World War II drama Dunkirk, about the evacuation of Allied troops from France. That same year he directed and starred as the renowned detective Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express, based on Agatha Christie’s 1933 novel.

Branagh wrote several books about the making of his films, and his autobiography, Beginning, was published in 1989.


  • Branagh has various nominations including Best Actor and Best Director, Academy Award nomination for Best Short Film, Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Supporting Actor.


  • Sport & Clubs

    English football club Tottenham Hotspur, Northern Irish football club Linfield, Scottish football club Rangers

  • Other Interests

    Guitar playing, reading


Branagh married Emma Thompson, whom he divorced in 1996, on August, 1989. He married Lindsay Brunnock on May in 2003.

William Branagh

Frances Branagh

Emma Thompson - screenwriter , Actress
Emma Thompson - ex-wife of Kenneth Branagh

Lindsay Brunnock
Lindsay Brunnock - wife of Kenneth Branagh

Helena Bonham Carter - Actress
Helena Bonham Carter - partner of Kenneth Branagh