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Sir Kenneth Branagh was born in 1960 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After having moved to England with his family, he studied in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His performances on stage immediately after leaving RADA were met with critical acclaim, and he had won his first award by 1982.
After appearing in a number of successful productions, he founded the Renaissance Theatre Company alongside David Parfitt in 1987. The company enjoyed success with a number of productions. The company later produced a number of Shakespeare plays with the likes of Derek Jacobi and Judi Dench amongst the directors.
Outside of theatre work, he is known for his roles in a number of television series and films, such as Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) and The Boat That Rocked (2009). He has also directed blockbuster movies Thor (2011) and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014).
2008 marked the year of Branagh’s star role in Anton Chekhov’s Ivanov, in a Donmar West End revival. This won him critical acclaim, as well as a Best Male Performance award from the Critics’ Circle Theatre. After working on anumber of performances as both actor and director, he formed the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company in 2015 as actor-manager. The company has hosted a number of shows including The Entertainer, in which he also starred, Romeo and Juliet and Red Velvet.
Selected London & West End Stage Appearances
|The Entertainer||Arcie Rice||Garrick||2016||News|
|Romeo and Juliet||Director||Garrick||2016||Review|
|The Winter's Tale||Director / Leontes||Garrick||2015||Review|
|All On Her Own||Director||Garrick||2015||Review|
|Harlequinade||Director / Arthur Gosport||Garrick||2015||Review|
|The Play What I Wrote||Director||Lyceum Theatre||2001||Review|
|Look Back in Anger||Jimmy Porter||Lyric||1989|
|Henry V||Henry V||Barbican||1989|
|Much Ado About Nothing||Benedick||Phoenix||1988|
|As You Like It||Touchstone||Phoenix||1988|