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      Kenneth Branagh

      Kenneth Branagh

      Highest Rated: 100% Shackleton (2002)

      Lowest Rated: 8% Artemis Fowl (2020)

      Birthday: Dec 10, 1960

      Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

      Born on Dec. 10, 1960 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Kenneth Branagh moved to England with his family when he was 10. This is when he began his love affair with Shakespeare, reading 25-cent paperbacks of his plays. Branagh began his career in theater and soon became a familiar face on the acclaimed 1984 BBC trilogy "Too Late to Talk to Billy," "A Matter of Choice for Billy" and "A Coming to Terms for Billy." After making a name for himself with "Another Country," he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company at age 23, and was the youngest "Henry V" in the troupe's history. He continued acting in British TV ventures such the BBC drama, "Fortunes of War" (1987). Branagh gained international recognition and dual Oscar nods as the director and star of the 1989 screen adaptation of Shakespeare's lyrical "Henry V." Branagh traveled to the United States to helm his next feature, the contemporary thriller "Dead Again" (1991) and then returned home to make "Peter's Friends" (1992), a British variation on "The Big Chill." That same year, Branagh directed "Swan Song," a short film based on a Chekhov short story. The film earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Short Film - Live Action. Branagh adapted Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" (1993) as a big-screen, all-star romp through Tuscany with Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington and Keanu Reeves. Branagh won critical acclaim for his turn as Iago to Laurence Fishburne's "Othello" (1995) and also won praise for writing and directing "A Midwinter's Tale" (1995). Branagh appeared as himself in Al Pacino's documentary "Looking for Richard" (1996), then followed with his own big screen version of "Hamlet," setting it in the 19th Century. On the small screen, Branagh's role as Reinhard Heydrich in the HBO original "Conspiracy" (2001) earned him an Emmy for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries. After co-starring alongside Tom Cruise in "Valkyrie" (2008), he starred in and executive-produced three feature-length adaptations of Henning Mankell's best-selling Wallander crime novels for the BBC. The three-part miniseries, "Wallander" (2009), later aired on PBS and earned the esteemed actor another Emmy Award nomination. Branagh then took some time away from the spotlight to focus on his latest directorial effort, the big-budget adaptation of Marvel Comics' "Thor" (2011). Branagh's performance earned him accolades including nominations at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor. Branagh next served as both director and supporting actor on the action thriller "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" (2014). Branagh followed this with the CGI-heavy fairy tale "Cinderella" (2015). A more recent voice credit includes the animated adventure "Fireheart" (2022) and Branagh directed and starred in "Death on the Nile" (2022).

      Highest rated movies

      100% Shackleton
      100% Conspiracy
      98% Henry V
      95% Hamlet
      93% Oppenheimer 92% Dunkirk
      90% Much Ado About Nothing
      88% Rabbit-Proof Fence


      Kenneth Branagh PETER'S FRIENDS, Kenneth Branagh, 1992. © Samuel Goldwyn Films PETER'S FRIENDS, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Imelda Staunton, Kenneth Branagh, Hugh Laurie, Rita Rudner, Alphonsia Emmanuel, 1992. © Samuel Goldwyn Films The Talk, from left: Sharon Osbourne, Kenneth Branagh, Aisha Tyler, Julie Chen, 10/18/2010, ©CBS VALKYRIE, front, from left: Tom Cruise as Claus von Stauffenberg, Kenneth Branagh, 2008. ©United Artists HENRY V, Kenneth Branagh, 1989, (c) Samuel Goldwyn The View, Kenneth Branagh, 08/11/1997, ©ABC MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Michael Keaton, Keanu Reeves, Robert Sean Leonard, Kate Beckinsale, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, Denzel Washington, 1993, (c) Samuel Goldwyn WILD WILD WEST, Kenneth Branagh, 1999 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Kenneth Branagh, 1993, (c) Samuel Goldwyn PETER'S FRIENDS, Kenneth Branagh, 1992. ©Samuel Goldwyn Films FRANKENSTEIN, (aka MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN), Director Kenneth Branagh rehearsing with Robert De Niro, 1994. HENRY V, Kenneth Branagh, 1989, (c) Samuel Goldwyn MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Kenneth Branagh directing, 1993. FRANKENSTEIN, (aka MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN), Helena Bonham Carter, Kenneth Branagh on the set, 1994 HIGH SEASON, Kenneth Branagh, Lesley Manville, 1987, (c)Hemdale Film Corp. LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, Natascha McElhone, Kenneth Branagh, 2000, (c) Miramax WILD WILD WEST, Kenneth Branagh, 1999. HOW TO KILL YOUR NEIGHBOR'S DOG, Kenneth Branagh, 2000 HAMLET, Kenneth Branagh, Nicholas Farrell, 1996, (c)Sony Pictures Classics



      75% 77% A Haunting in Venice Hercule Poirot (Character),
      $42.4M 2023
      93% 91% Oppenheimer Niels Bohr (Character) $329.7M 2023
      No Score Yet 59% Fireheart Shawn Nolan (Voice) - 2022
      61% 82% Death on the Nile Hercule Poirot (Character),
      $45.6M 2022
      86% 92% Belfast Director,
      $9.2M 2021
      69% 76% Tenet Sator (Character) $58.1M 2020
      8% 20% Artemis Fowl Director,
      - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lost Lives Unknown (Character) - 2019
      72% 66% All Is True William Shakespeare (Character),
      $1.2M 2018
      60% 54% Murder on the Orient Express Hercule Poirot (Character),
      $101.5M 2017
      92% 81% Dunkirk Commander Bolton (Character) $188.0M 2017
      84% 78% Cinderella Director $201.2M 2015
      54% 52% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Viktor Cherevin (Character),
      $50.5M 2014
      60% 66% Stars in Shorts Mark Snow (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Prodigal Mark Snow (Character) - 2011
      83% 71% My Week With Marilyn Laurence Olivier (Character) $85.3K 2011
      77% 76% Thor Director $268.0M 2011
      60% 71% Pirate Radio Dormandy (Character) $8.0M 2009
      62% 65% Valkyrie Henning von Tresckow (Character) $83.1M 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alien Love Triangle Steven Chesterman (Character) - 2008
      36% 51% Sleuth Other Man on T.V. (Character),
      $342.8K 2007
      70% 66% The Magic Flute Director,
      - 2006
      36% 49% As You Like It Unknown (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2006
      95% 80% The Goebbels Experiment Narrator $47.2K 2005
      No Score Yet 77% Warm Springs Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Character) - 2005
      63% 42% Five Children and It Uncle Albert (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic Narrator - 2004
      88% 86% Rabbit-Proof Fence Mr. Neville (Character) $6.2M 2002
      82% 80% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Gilderoy Lockhart (Character) $262.0M 2002
      No Score Yet 90% The Tramp and the Dictator Himself/Narrator (Character) - 2002
      100% 77% Shackleton Unknown (Character) - 2002
      100% 87% Conspiracy Reinhard Heydrich (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 91% Walking With Prehistoric Beasts Unknown (Character) - 2001
      59% 73% How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog Peter McGowan (Character) $48.6K 2000
      50% 40% Love's Labour's Lost Berowne (Character),
      $284.3K 2000
      49% 66% The Road to El Dorado Miguel (Voice) $50.8M 2000
      No Score Yet 100% Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces Narrator - 2000
      100% 82% Galapagos Narrator $18.6M 1999
      16% 28% Wild Wild West Dr. Arliss Loveless (Character) $113.8M 1999
      11% 50% The Proposition Father Michael McKinnon (Character) $121.9K 1998
      60% 26% The Gingerbread Man Rick Magruder (Character) $1.5M 1998
      50% 57% The Theory of Flight Richard (Character) $72.0K 1998
      42% 42% Celebrity Lee Simon (Character) $5.0M 1998
      95% 89% Hamlet Hamlet (Character),
      $4.4M 1996
      81% 88% A Midwinter's Tale Director,
      $466.8K 1995
      97% 83% Anne Frank Remembered Narrator $1.0M 1995
      68% 64% Othello Iago (Character) $2.2M 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Shadow of a Gunman Donal Davoren (Character) - 1995
      42% 49% Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein (Character),
      $22.0M 1994
      90% 86% Much Ado About Nothing Seigneur Benedick (Character),
      $22.5M 1993
      56% 79% Swing Kids Herr Knopp (Character) $5.4M 1993
      65% 77% Peter's Friends Andrew Benson (Character),
      $4.1M 1992
      81% 76% Dead Again Roman Strauss/Mike Church (Character),
      $35.5M 1991
      98% 89% Henry V Henry V (Character),
      $10.2M 1989
      67% 12% High Season Rick (Character) $29.2K 1987
      86% 71% A Month in the Country James Moon (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fortunes of War Guy Pringle (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ghosts Oswald (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Coming Through D.H. Lawrence (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Coming to Terms for Billy Billy Martin (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Matter of Choice for Billy Billy Martin (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 60% To the Lighthouse Charles Tansley (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Too Late to Talk to Billy Billy (Character) - 1982


      96% 96% Blue Eye Samurai Abijah Fowler (Voice) 2023
      44% 44% This England Boris Johnson (Character) 2022
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2015 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2017 2019 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Guest 2012 2014-2015 2017 2019 2022
      No Score Yet 47% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2017 2021
      73% 86% Upstart Crow Colin / The Stranger (Character) 2018
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2011-2012 2014 2017
      88% 89% Wallander Kurt Wallander (Character),
      Executive Producer
      2008 2010 2012 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2015
      No Score Yet 9% The View Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2014
      No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2012 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien Guest 2007
      100% 92% Walking with Dinosaurs Narrator 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fortunes of War Unknown (Character) 1987