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Birth name: Kenneth Charles Branagh.
Born: December 10, 1960 Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.
-Lindsay Brunnock (24 May 2003 - present).
-Emma Thompson (20 August 1989 - October 1995) (divorced).
Kenneth Branagh biography (bio):
Branagh was born in Belfast, where he was educated at Grove Primary School. At age nine he relocated with his family to Reading in England. He is a recipient of an honourary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) from Queen's University of Belfast in 1990. Branagh achieved some early measure of success in his native Northern Ireland for his role as the title character in the BBC's Play for Today series known as the Billy Plays, written by Graham Reid and set in Belfast. He has worked on both stage and screen. He received initial acclaim in the UK for his stage performances, including the title role in Hamlet. More recently, in 2003, he starred in the Royal National Theatre's production of David Mamet's Edmond.
Branagh is probably best known for his film adaptations of the works of William Shakespeare, beginning with Henry V in 1989, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Love's Labour's Lost, Hamlet, with As You Like It following in 2006. His 1996 film version of Hamlet was the first ever to include the complete unabridged text of the play with over four hours and four thousand lines of dialogue.
Branagh has also been involved in several made-for-TV films. Among his most acclaimed portrayals is that of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) in the 2005 film Warm Springs. Thought the film received sixteen Emmy nominations—winning five—Branagh did not win the award for his nomination. He did, however, receive an Emmy award for his performance in the 2001 TV Conspiracy, a depiction of the Wannsee Conference, where Nazi officials conceived the Final Solution. Branagh's award winning performance was for the part of Reinhard Heydrich.
Branagh has also been nominated for four Academy Awards. His first, for direction in the 1992 film Swan Song, two for Henry V (one each for directing and acting), and again for his work on the screenplay of Hamlet in 1996. Included amongst his many other accolades is a nomination for “worst” supporting actor Razzie in 1999 for his perfomance in the film Wild Wild West.
Branagh has co-starred several times with actress Emma Thompson, to whom he was married from 1989 to 1995. They appeared together in Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Dead Again, and Peter's Friends. For several years he was in a well-publicised relationship with Helena Bonham Carter, with whom he also starred and directed in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. He was introduced to his current wife, film art director Lindsay Brunnock, by Carter in 1997 whom he later married in 2003.
In 1990, at age 30, Branagh authored an autobiography, which he entitled Beginning, and has narrated several audio books such as The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis.
In 1994, Branagh declined an appointment as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
Co-founder of the Renaissance Theatre Company.
Cast in the lead role of the film Amadeus until the production company decided to hire American actors instead.
Branagh was the youngest actor to receive the Golden Quill (also known as the Gielgud Award) in 2000.
He is a Member of the RADA Council.
During pre-production of the Star Wars prequel films, there was speculation that he was being considered for the role of Obi-wan Kenobi.
He received an honorary doctorate in Literature from Queen's University of Belfast in 1990.
He was considered for the role of Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs.
He speaks Italian.
Was the object of a scathing joke in the film Blackadder: Back & Forth. During a visit to Elizabethan England, time-travelling Lord Blackadder has a chance meeting with William Shakespeare himself (played by Colin Firth). He violently assaults the playwright in retaliation for, among other things, "Ken Branagh's endless, uncut, four-hour version of Hamlet." When Shakespeare asks "Who's Ken Branagh?" Blackadder replies "I'm going to tell him you said that. And I think he'll be very hurt."
Is a lifelong supporter of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.
Was an interesting choice to direct the remake of Sleuth (1972). That film was released on his 12th birthday.