Kenneth Branagh

Biography: Kenneth is the son of William and Frances Branagh. His father was an Ulster carpenter. Educated in Northern Ireland, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1984 (after other stage and screen work) and was soon taking on leading roles.
Next, he formed his own 'Renaissance Theatre Company', and then directed and starred in a film version of Shakespeare's 'Henry V' (1989), opposite his first wife, actress and screen writer Emma Thompson. The couple met whilst filming the BBC World War Two period drama Fortunes Of War. They went on to appear in numerous other productions together, including 'Much Ado About Nothing',(1993) where he played Benedick to Thompson's Beatrice and 'Dead Again' (1991) where he starred as American sleuth Mike Church and composer Roman Strauss opposite Thompson's amnesiac Grace and pianist Margaret. They also both starred in 'Peter's Friends,' (1992) a film which reunited Thompson with some of her university friends including Hugh Laurie and Stephen
Kenneth is the son of William and Frances Branagh. His father was an Ulster carpenter. Educated in Northern Ireland, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1984 (after other stage and screen work) and was soon taking on leading roles.
Next, he formed his own 'Renaissance Theatre Company', and then directed and starred in a film version of Shakespeare's 'Henry V' (1989), opposite his first wife, actress and screen writer Emma Thompson. The couple met whilst filming the BBC World War Two period drama Fortunes Of War. They went on to appear in numerous other productions together, including 'Much Ado About Nothing',(1993) where he played Benedick to Thompson's Beatrice and 'Dead Again' (1991) where he starred as American sleuth Mike Church and composer Roman Strauss opposite Thompson's amnesiac Grace and pianist Margaret. They also both starred in 'Peter's Friends,' (1992) a film which reunited Thompson with some of her university friends including Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. His mother in law, actress Phyllida Law was also in the film. It was during this time that Kenneth gained substantial public and professional recognition for his innovative work, and he was dubbed the 'new Olivier' by the press. However, the press soon developed a love-hate relationship with Branagh when he published his autobiography at the age of thirty. They did not report that it was done to help fund his film and theatre productions and reviews and press coverage of Branagh became negative and overtly hostile. His 1995 film version of 'Frankenstein' was particularly savaged by the critics. In 1995, he and Thompson divorced.
In recent years he has continued to appear in many diverse roles on stage and screen but taken a less prominant role in the press. In 2002, he played the stern Neville in 'Rabbit Proof Fence', an Australian film about Aboriginal rights. The same year also saw the release of the award winning film 'Shackleton,' which tells the tale of the the South Pole explorer. Ironically, Branagh has fallen back in favour with the press and many of his films that were dismissed when they were first released are considered classics.
Kenneth married film art director Lindsay Brunnock in 2003.
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Kenneth Branagh's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 56
Highest Metascore: 83 Henry V
Lowest Metascore: 35 Love's Labour's Lost
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
17 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Cinderella Mar 13, 2015 Director tbd
57 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Jan 17, 2014 Director / Cast / Principal Cast / Viktor Cherevin 6.1
54 Thor: The Dark World Nov 8, 2013 Producer 7.5
65 My Week with Marilyn Nov 23, 2011 Sir Laurence Olivier 7.4
57 Thor May 6, 2011 Director 6.9
56 Valkyrie Dec 25, 2008 Major-General Henning Von Tresckow 6.1
49 Sleuth Oct 12, 2007 Director / Producer / Other Man On T.V. 5.3
67 The Goebbles Experiment Aug 12, 2005 Narrator 6.5
80 Rabbit-Proof Fence Nov 29, 2002 A.O. Neville 7.8
40 How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog Feb 22, 2002 Peter McGowen 7.4
35 Love's Labour's Lost Jun 9, 2000 Director / Producer / Screenplay / Berowne 6.0
51 The Road to El Dorado Mar 31, 2000 Miguel 7.3
38 Wild Wild West Jun 30, 1999 Dr. Arliss Loveless 4.6
48 The Theory of Flight Dec 23, 1998 Richard tbd
41 Celebrity Nov 20, 1998 Lee Simon 6.2
65 The Gingerbread Man Jan 23, 1998 Rick Magruder 7.8
66 Dead Again Aug 23, 1991 Director / Roman Strauss/Mike Church 8.2
83 Henry V Nov 8, 1989 Director / Adaptation / Henry V 7.7

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