Dec. 10th, 1960
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
5' 9 1/2"
Kenneth Branagh's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - The Boat That Rocked
2008 - Valkyrie
2007 - Sleuth
2006 - As You Like It
2005 - Das Goebbels-Experiment
2004 - Five Children and It
2002 - Rabbit-Proof Fence
2002 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
2000 - The Road to El Dorado
1999 - The Periwig-Maker
1999 - Wild Wild West
1999 - Galapagos: The Enchanted Voyage
1998 - Celebrity
1998 - The Proposition
1998 - The Gingerbread Man
1996 - Looking For Richard
1996 - Hamlet
1995 - Othello
1994 - Frankenstein
1993 - Swing Kids
1993 - Much Ado About Nothing
1992 - Peter's Friends
1991 - Dead Again
1989 - Henry V
1981 - Chariots of Fire
Guest TV Roles
Robert Clyde Moffat
Victor Frankenstein in 'Frankenstein'
Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, to parents William Branagh, a carpenter born in 1930, and Frances Branagh, also born in 1930. His brother William Branagh Jr. was born in 1955 and sister Joyce Branagh was born in 1970. At 23 Branagh joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he took on starring roles in "Henry V" and "Romeo and Juliet". He soon found the RSC too large and impersonal and formed his own, the Renaissance Theatre Company, which now counts Prince Charles as one of its royal patrons. At 29 he directed and starred in the film Henry V (1989), which costarred his then-wife, Emma Thompson (I). The film brought him Best Actor and Best Director Oscar nominations. In 1993 he brought Shakespeare to mainstream audiences again with his hit adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing (1993), which featured an all-star cast that included Denzel Washington and Keanu Reeves. At 30 he published his autobiography and at 34 he directed and starred as Victor Frankenstein in the big-budget adaptation of Mary Shelley (I)'s novel, Frankenstein (1994), with Robert De Niro as the monster himself. The bad reviews may have had some effect on his marriage, though, because in October 1995 he and Thompson announced their plans to divorce. In 1996 Branagh wrote, directed and starred in a lavish adaptation of Hamlet (1996). In recent years he starred in a series of non-Bard-related roles in Celebrity (1998), Wild Wild West (1999), and as a voice in The Road to El Dorado (2000).
- Youngest actor to receive the Golden Quill (Gielgud Award), 2000.
- (November 1999) Denies rumor that he is dating 'Alicia Silverstone' (qv).
- Former son-in-law of 'Phyllida Law' (qv).
- Claims that 'Derek Jacobi' (qv) is the reason he got into acting, and thus Jacobi became a frequent collaborator with him in most of his movies.
- Was one of the directors considered for _Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)_ (qv). He had appeared in the previous film, _Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)_ (qv).
- He was nominated for a 2004 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in "Edmond" at the Royal National Theatre.
- Was 15 when he first saw "Hamlet" performed.
- Moved to Reading, England at the age of nine. At age 23, he became the youngest actor in the Royal Shakespeare Company to ever play the lead in Shakespeare's "Henry V".