Kenneth Branagh

Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh (; born 10 December 1960) is a Northern Irish actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. Branagh trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and in 2015 succeeded Richard Attenborough as its president. He has both directed and starred in several film adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays, including ''Henry V'' (1989) (for which he was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Director), ''Much Ado About Nothing'' (1993), ''Othello'' (1995), ''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).

Branagh has starred in numerous other films and television series including ''Fortunes of War'' (1987), Woody Allen's '' Celebrity'' (1998), ''Wild Wild West'' (1999), as the voice of Miguel in ''The Road to El Dorado'' (2000), as SS leader Reinhard Heydrich in ''Conspiracy'' (2001), ''Shackleton'' (2002), ''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), ''Wallander'' (2008–2016), ''My Week with Marilyn'' (2011) as Sir Laurence Olivier (Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor), and as Royal Navy Commander Bolton in the action-thriller ''Dunkirk'' (2017). He has directed such films as ''Dead Again'' (1991), in which he also starred, ''Swan Song'' (1992) (Academy Award nominated for Best Live Action Short Film), ''Mary Shelley's Frankenstein'' (1994) in which he also starred, ''The Magic Flute'' (2006), ''Sleuth'' (2007), the Marvel superhero film ''Thor'' (2011), the action thriller ''Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit'' (2014) in which he also co-stars, the live-action adaptation of Disney's ''Cinderella'' (2015), and the mystery drama adaptation of Agatha Christie's ''Murder on the Orient Express'' (2017), in which he also starred as Hercule Poirot.

He narrated the series ''Cold War'' (1998), the BBC documentary miniseries ''Walking with Dinosaurs'' (1999) (as well as ''The Ballad of Big Al''), ''Walking with Beasts'' (2001) and ''Walking with Monsters'' (2005). Branagh has been nominated for five Academy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, and has won three BAFTAs, and two Emmy Awards. He was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2012 Birthday Honours and was knighted on 9 November 2012. He was made a Freeman of his native city of Belfast in January 2018. Provided by Wikipedia
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