Kenneth Branagh

63, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Artwork for Avengers: Infinity WarImage of Kenneth Branagh

Biography

Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh (born 10 December 1960) is a British actor and filmmaker. Branagh trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London; in 2015 he succeeded Richard Attenborough as its president. He has been nominated for five Academy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards. He has won three BAFTAs and two Emmy Awards. He was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2012 Birthday Honours and knighted on 9 November 2012. He was made a Freeman of his native city of Belfast in January 2018. In 2020, he was listed at number 20 on The Irish Times list of Ireland's greatest film actors.

Branagh has both directed and starred in several film adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays, including Henry V (1989), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Othello (1995), Hamlet (1996), Love's Labour's Lost (2000), and As You Like It (2006). He was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Director for Henry V and for Best Adapted Screenplay for Hamlet.

He has also starred in the television series Fortunes of War (1987), Shackleton (2002), and Wallander (2008–2016) and in the films Celebrity (1998), Wild Wild West (1999), The Road to El Dorado (2000), as SS leader Reinhard Heydrich in Conspiracy (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Warm Springs (2005), as Major General Henning von Tresckow in Valkyrie (2008), The Boat That Rocked (2009), and as Sir Laurence Olivier in My Week with Marilyn (2011), Dunkirk (2017), and Tenet (2020). He won an International Emmy Award for Wallander and a Primetime Emmy Award for Conspiracy, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for My Week with Marilyn.

Branagh directed and starred in the romantic thriller Dead Again (1991), the horror film Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), and the action thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014). He directed and starred as Hercule Poirot in the mystery drama adaptations of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express (2017) and Death on the Nile (2022). He also directed such films as Swan Song (1992), which earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film, The Magic Flute (2006), Sleuth (2007), the Marvel superhero film Thor (2011), and the live-action adaptation of Disney's Cinderella (2015),

He narrated numerous documentary series, including Cold War (1998), Walking with Dinosaurs (1999), The Ballad of Big Al (2001), Walking with Beasts (2001), Walking with Monsters (2005), and World War 1 in Colour (2005).

Timeline

2023Aged 63

  • Poster for Oppenheimer

    Niels Bohr

  • Poster for A Haunting in Venice

    Hercule Poirot

2022Aged 62

  • Poster for Fireheart

    Shawn Nolan (voice)

  • Poster for Death on the Nile

    Hercule Poirot

  • Poster for Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Thor: Love and Thunder

    Self - Director (archive footage)

  • Poster for Denzel Washington - Un modèle américain

    Self

  • Poster for Peter O'Toole: Along the Sky Road to Aqaba

    Self

2021Aged 61

  • Poster for Belfast

    Producer

2020Aged 60

  • Poster for Tenet

    Andrei Sator

  • Poster for Looking at the World in a New Way: The Making of 'Tenet'

    Self

  • Poster for Artemis Fowl

    Producer

2019Aged 59

  • Poster for Lost Lives

    (Unknown)

2018Aged 58

  • Poster for Avengers: Infinity War

    Asgardian Distress Call (voice) (uncredited)

  • Poster for All Is True

    William Shakespeare

2017Aged 57

  • Poster for Dunkirk

    Commander Bolton

  • Poster for Murder on the Orient Express

    Hercule Poirot

2016Aged 56

  • Poster for Mindhorn

    Himself

  • Poster for Branagh Theatre Live: The Entertainer

    Archie Rice

  • Poster for Branagh Theatre Live: Romeo and Juliet

    Director

2015Aged 55

  • Poster for Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter's Tale

    Leontes

  • Poster for Cinderella

    Director

2014Aged 54

  • Poster for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

    Viktor Cherevin

  • Poster for Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe

    Self

2013Aged 53

  • Poster for National Theatre Live: Macbeth

    Macbeth, Thane of Glamis and Cawdor, general in the King's army

  • Poster for Thor: The Dark World

    Producer

2012Aged 52

  • Poster for London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony: Isles of Wonder

    Isambard Kingdom Brunel

  • Poster for Stars In Shorts

    Mark Snow

2011Aged 51

  • Poster for Prodigal

    Mark Snow

  • Poster for Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope

    Self

  • Poster for Thor: From Asgard to Earth

    Himself

  • Poster for Discovering Hamlet

    Hamlet (archive footage)

  • Poster for My Week with Marilyn

    Sir Laurence Olivier

  • Poster for Thor

    Director

2010Aged 50

  • Poster for With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story

    Self

2009Aged 49

  • Poster for The Boat That Rocked

    Dormandy

  • Poster for 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year

    Narrator (voice)

  • Poster for A Night at the Movies: The Suspenseful World of Thrillers

    Self

  • Poster for A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics

    Self

2008Aged 48

  • Poster for Alien Love Triangle

    Steven Chesterman

  • Poster for Valkyrie

    Henning von Tresckow

2007Aged 47

  • Poster for James Ellis: An Actor's Life

    Himself

  • Poster for Stephen Fry: 50 Not Out

    Self

  • Poster for Sleuth

    Other Man on T.V.

2006Aged 46

  • Poster for As You Like It

    self

  • Poster for The Magic Flute

    Producer

2005Aged 45

  • Poster for Warm Springs

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt

  • Poster for Walking with Monsters

    Narrator (voice)

2004Aged 44

  • Poster for Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic

    Narrator (voice)

  • Poster for The Magic Touch of Harry Potter

    Self

  • Poster for Five Children and It

    Uncle Albert

2003Aged 43

2002Aged 42

  • Poster for Rabbit-Proof Fence

    A. O. Neville

  • Poster for The Tramp and the Dictator

    Narrator (voice)

  • Poster for How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog

    Peter McGowan

  • Poster for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Gilderoy Lockhart

2001Aged 41

2000Aged 40

1999Aged 39

1998Aged 38

  • Poster for The Gingerbread Man

    Rick Magruder

  • Poster for The Proposition

    Father Michael McKinnon

  • Poster for Celebrity

    Lee Simon

  • Poster for Universal Horror

    Narrator

  • Poster for The Dance of Shiva

    Colonel Evans

1996Aged 36

  • Poster for Looking for Richard

    Self - Interviewee

  • Poster for Hamlet

    Prince Hamlet

1995Aged 35

  • Poster for Anne Frank Remembered

    Narration (voice)

  • Poster for Shadow of a Gunman

    Donal Davoren

  • Poster for Othello

    Iago

  • Poster for In the Bleak Midwinter

    Writer

1994Aged 34

  • Poster for It's Alive: The True Story of Frankenstein

    Self

  • Poster for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    Victor Frankenstein

1993Aged 33

  • Poster for Swing Kids

    Herr Knopp, Gestapo

  • Poster for Much Ado About Nothing

    Benedick

1992Aged 32

1991Aged 31

  • Poster for Dead Again

    Roman Strauss / Mike Church

1990Aged 30

  • Poster for Discovering Hamlet

    Himself / Hamlet

1989Aged 29

  • Poster for Henry V

    Henry V

  • Poster for Look Back in Anger

    Jimmy Porter

1988Aged 28

  • Poster for Strange Interlude

    Gordon Evans

  • Poster for Twelfth Night, or What You Will

    Director

1987Aged 27

  • Poster for The Lady's Not For Burning

    Thomas Mendip

  • Poster for Lorna

    Billy Martin

  • Poster for Ghosts

    Oswald

  • Poster for High Season

    Rick

  • Poster for A Month in the Country

    James Soon

1985Aged 25

  • Poster for Coming Through

    D.H. Lawrence

1984Aged 24

  • Poster for A Coming to Terms for Billy

    Billy Martin

1983Aged 23

  • Poster for To the Lighthouse

    Charles Tansley

  • Poster for A Matter of Choice for Billy

    Billy Martin

1982Aged 22

  • Poster for Too Late to Talk to Billy

    Billy Martin

  • Poster for Easter 2016

    Student

1981Aged 21

  • Poster for Chariots of Fire

    Cambridge Student at Society Day (uncredited)

Year unknown