Kenneth Branagh

Birth Place: Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND

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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 (TBA). 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).

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Kenneth Branagh STAGE CREDITS

[West End]
King Lear

[West End]
West End Revival Production, 2016
Archie Rice

Park Avenue Armory Production, 2014

Kenneth Branagh Productions

[West End, 2023]
[West End, 2016]
[Off-Broadway, 2014]
[Broadway, 2003]

Kenneth Branagh Awards and Nominations

Olivier Awards - 2017 - Special Award

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Olivier Awards - 2016 - Best Actor

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Olivier Awards - 2016 - Best Director

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Pedro Pascal, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, and More Win 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Full List of Winners Here!

The SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS presented its coveted Actor statuettes for the outstanding motion picture and television performances of 2023 at the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024 at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall. Learn more about the winners here!

Peter Duncan Joins Pixie Lott and Bonnie Langford in MADE IN DAGENHAM Concert; Full Cast Revealed!

Full casting has been announced for the 10th Anniversary Concert of MADE IN DAGENHAM at the London Palladium on Saturday 16 March 2024.

David Harewood and Cynthia Erivo Appointed President and Vice President of RADA

After nine years as RADA President, Kenneth Branagh is succeeded by RADA graduates David Harewood in the role of President and Cynthia Erivo in the role of Vice President.


Full casting has been announced for director Emily Burns' playful and contemporary take on Shakespeare's comedy, Love's Labour's Lost, which runs in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon between 11 April – 18 May.


Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Coolidge Corner Theatre present Shakespeare Reimagined: A MIDWINTER’S TALE, a new production written and directed by Kenneth Branagh. This article provides details about the upcoming performance on Thursday, February 29 at 7 PM.

Emmerdale Star Liam Fox To Join Adam Garcia In The Cast Of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG

Emmerdale star Liam Fox joins Adam Garcia in the cast of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. Further casting announced, including Liam Fox as 'Grandpa Potts'.

SLEUTH Debuts at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts Next Month

An elaborate game of cat and mouse is set to open on the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) mainstage with the February 8 premiere of Sleuth.

OPPENHEIMER Is Coming to Peacock Next Month: How to Watch

A global cinematic phenomenon, Christopher Nolan’s OPPENHEIMER is the winner of five Golden Globe® Awards: Best Motion Picture-Drama, Best Director, Best Male Actor-Drama, Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Original Score. OPPENHEIMER, from Universal Pictures, streams exclusively on Peacock. Watch a video trailer!

THE COLOR PURPLE, MAESTRO & More Nominated For SAG Awards - Full List of Nominations!

This morning, nominees for the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® honoring outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances for the past year were announced. Check out the full list of nominations, which include Danielle Brooks, Bradley Cooper, Carey Mulligan, Hannah Waddingham, the cast of The Gilded Age, and more.

Hollywood Creative Alliance to Present Willem Dafoe With the Excellence in Artistry Award at the 2024 Astra Film Awards

The Hollywood Creative Alliance announced they will be honoring Willem Dafoe with the Excellence in Artistry Award, celebrating his 2023 performances such as Nemo from “Inside,” Saltzburg Keitel from “Asteroid City,” the voice of Noble Pelican from “The Boy and The Heron,” and Dr. Godwin Baxter from “Poor Things.”

Reading of the Play ME FOR YOU Comes to Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre

The latest in a series of popular script-in-hand readings of new plays by up-and-coming writers, Rachel E Thorn’s Me for You will be performed at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre at the end of January.

Opera Puccini's TOSCA Comes to Artpark Mainstage Theater Next Summer

Celebrating its 50th season, Artpark will present  one of the world's favorite operas, Giacomo Puccini's TOSCA, in the Artpark Mainstage Theater on Friday, July 12 at 7:00PM & Sunday, July 14 2:00PM in 2024. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 15 at 10AM. Reserved seats begin at $39.

Stage Door Jonny Will Appear In Conversation With Emily Mortimer And Alessandro Nivola At Jermyn Street Theatre

Jermyn Street Theatre has announced the second live edition of the hit podcast Stage Door Jonny following this Summer's sell-out show which featured Nicholas Hytner and Simon Russell Beale.

Adam Garcia Will Star as Caractacus Potts in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG UK Tour

Olivier-nominee Adam Garcia will star as Caractacus Potts in a new production of the most fantasmagorical musical of all time, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, opening at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton from Tuesday 30 April 2024, before embarking on a UK tour.

Review Roundup: Kenneth Branagh's KING LEAR Opens in the West End. What Did the Critics Think?

Kenneth Branagh returns to the West End to direct and play the title role in William Shakespeare’s KING LEAR, for 50 performances only. Completing the cast is a company of RADA graduates.

Review: KING LEAR, Wyndham's Theatre

Alarm bells ring when a director stars in the play they are also directing. Even if that director is Sir Kenneth Branagh. Nine times out of ten the production falls flat and the audience are left wondering if ego is to blame. Branagh’s hotly anticipated stab at King Lear is, sadly, no exception.

Ramin Karimloo To Return To Trieste's Politeama Rossetti For FROM THE REHEARSAL ROOM Concert Event

Don't miss Tony and Olivier Awards nominee Ramin Karimloo as he returns to Trieste's Politeama Rossetti for a special concert alongside Hadley Fraser. Experience their extraordinary talent and enjoy songs from Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, and more.

A HAUNTING IN VENICE Arrives On Hulu And Digital October 31

A HAUNTING IN VENICE is coming to Hulu and Digital. Get ready for a chilling supernatural thriller set in the heart of Venice. A Haunting in Venice was produced and directed by Kenneth Branagh (Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile) who also stars alongside Kyle Allen, Camille Cottin, Jamie Dornan, Tina Fey, Jude Hill, and Michelle Yeoh.

WISHMAS Reveals Official Event Partners and Full Creative Team

As Wishmas: A Fantastical Christmas Adventure prepares to begin performances next month, the official event partners and the creative team have been announced for London's new, ultimate festive adventure.

OPPENHEIMER Sets 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & Digital Release

From writer and director Christopher Nolan comes the cinematic masterpiece. This 70+ minute piece showcases exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and extensive interviews with Nolan and his creative collaborators, offering unrestricted access inside the process, performances, effects, music and artistry responsible for this extraordinary film.


Kenneth Branagh has not appeared on Broadway.

Kenneth Branagh has appeared on London's West End in 2 shows.

Kenneth Branagh's first West End show was The Entertainer which opened in 2016

Kenneth Branagh has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. These include a Special Award at the Olivier Awards, Best Actor for his performance in "The Winter's Tale," Best Director for "The Winter's Tale," Best Actor for "Edmond," The Observer Award for Outstanding Achievement for "Hamlet," Comedy Performance of the Year for "As You Like It," Actor of the Year for "Henry V," and Most Promising Newcomer of the Year in Theatre for "Another Country."

Kenneth Branagh has won several awards throughout his career. He received a Special Award at the Olivier Awards and was also recognized as the Most Promising Newcomer of the Year in Theatre for his performance in "Another Country".

Kenneth Branagh's next show will be King Lear which opens on 10/31/2023 on West End.

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