Kenneth Branagh

Actor and Film Director
Born Dec 10, 1960

Kenneth Charles Branagh is an actor and film director from Northern Ireland. He is best known for directing and starring in several film adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays including Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Othello, Hamlet (1996) (for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay), Love's Labour's Lost (2000), and As You Like It (2006).… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Kenneth Branagh.


1960 Birth Born in 1960.


1982 22 Years Old He received acclaim in the UK for his stage performances, first winning the 1982 SWET Award for Best Newcomer, for his role as Judd in Julian Mitchell's Another Country, immediately after leaving RADA. … Read More
1984 24 Years Old In 1984 he appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Henry V, directed by Adrian Noble. … Read More
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He and David Parfitt founded the Renaissance Theatre Company in 1987, following success with several productions on the London 'Fringe', including Branagh's full-scale production of Romeo and Juliet at the Lyric Studio, co-starring with Samantha Bond.
1988 28 Years Old Branagh became a major presence in the media and on the British stage when Renaissance collaborated with Birmingham Rep for a 1988 touring season of three Shakespeare plays under the umbrella title of Renaissance Shakespeare on the Road, which also played a repertory season at the Phoenix Theatre in London. … Read More
A year later in 1989 Branagh co-starred with Emma Thompson in the Renaissance revival of Look Back in Anger. … Read More


1990 30 Years Old He is Honorary President of NICVA (the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action). He received an honorary Doctorate in Literature from Queen's University of Belfast in 1990. … Read More
1994 34 Years Old In 1994, Branagh declined an appointment as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).


2000 40 Years Old Branagh was the youngest actor to receive the Golden Quill (also known as the Gielgud Award) in 2000.
2001 41 Years Old In 2001 he was appointed an honorary Doctor of Literature at the Shakespeare Institute of The University of Birmingham; the Shakespeare Institute Library keeps the archive of his Renaissance Theatre Company and Renaissance Films. … Read More
2003 43 Years Old In 2003, he married film art director Lindsay Brunnock, whom he met during the shooting of Shackleton.
2009 49 Years Old On 10 July 2009, Branagh was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the RomaFictionFest.


…  He was appointed a knight bachelor in the 2012 Birthday Honours and was knighted on 9 November 2012. … Read More
In April 2015, Branagh announced his formation of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, in which he would appear as actor-manager.
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