KENNETH BRANAGH (Viktor Cherevin, Director) is one of the world's most consistently acclaimed filmmakers and actors. As an Actor and Director, Branagh’s work is trademarked by quality, truth and passion.
Branagh is currently set to release the newest installment of Tom Clancy’s JACK RYAN franchise for Paramount, which he will also star in alongside Chris Pine and Keira Knightley, in January 2014. Branagh is also currently in post-production on the live-action CINDERELLA for Disney, releasing March 2015.
Additionally, Branagh recently starred in and co-directed MACBETH for the Manchester International Festival in the summer of 2013. In June 2014, Branagh will reprise his same role in the production in his New York stage debut of MACBETH at the Park Avenue Armory. He was also recently knighted for services to drama and the community in Northern Ireland by Queen Elizabeth II.
In 2011, Branagh starred as Sir Laurence Olivier in MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, opposite Michelle Williams and directed by Simon Curtis. The role earned Branagh an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor, as well as a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nomination. This marked Branagh’s fifth career Academy Award® nomination, making him one of the first actors to receive five nominations in five separate categories (Actor, Supporting Actor, Director, Screenplay, and Short).
In May 2011, Branagh released the anticipated MARVEL action adventure, THOR, which he directed, starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Anthony Hopkins. The film grossed over $448 million worldwide.
Branagh's first venture into filmmaking met instant success. His 1989 production of HENRY V, which he adapted from the Shakespeare and both starred in and directed, won a score of international awards including Academy Award® nominations for Best Actor and Best Director. He was subsequently invited to Hollywood to direct and star in DEAD AGAIN, which was a huge international hit, and next directed himself in the ensemble film PETER'S FRIENDS, which won the Evening Standard Peter Sellers Award for Comedy. Branagh’s second Shakespearean film success as actor, director, writer and producer was MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, which was invited to screen at the Cannes Film Festival, and in the same year his short film of the Chekhov play SWAN SONG received an Academy Award® nomination. He went on to direct Robert De Niro in the commercial hit MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN and his black and white film A MIDWINTER'S TALE opened the 1996 Sundance Film Festival and won the prestigious Osello d'Oro at the Venice Film Festival. Branagh’s critically acclaimed full-length version of HAMLET, in 70mm, received 4 Academy Award nominations. His fourth Shakespeare film adaptation was a 1930's musical version of LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST. More recently, Branagh directed HBO Films' AS YOU LIKE IT, a film of Mozart's opera THE MAGIC FLUTE and SLEUTH, written by Harold Pinter and starring Jude Law and Michael Caine.
His other film work includes acting roles in Pat O'Connor's A MONTH IN THE COUTRY; Oliver Parker's OTHELLO; Robert Altman's THE GINGERBREAD MAN; Woody Allen's CELEBRITY; Danny Boyle's ALIEN LOVE TRIANGLE; Paul Greengrass's THE THEORY OF FLIGHT; Barry Sonnenfeld's WILD WILD WEST; Philip Noyce's RABBIT PROOF FENCE;
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS; the Richard Curtis comedy, PIRATE RADIO; and Bryan Singer's VALKYRIE. Branagh has appeared in several outstanding television dramas including a recent turn as Detective Kurt Wallander in the BAFTA winning series WALLANDER, which earned him Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominations. He has also starred in the title role of SHACKLETON for Channel 4; A&E’s CONSPIRACY in which he won an Emmy® for Best Actor and earned a Golden Globe® nomination; WARM SPRINGS in which he played FDR and was nominated for an Emmy®, Golden Globe® and a SAG Award.
Branagh’s stage work began when he made his West End acting debut in ANOTHER COUNTRY which earned him the Society of West End Theater's Award for "Most Promising Newcomer."
He founded the Renaissance Theatre Company for whom he either starred in or directed the following works: TWELFTH NIGHT, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, AS YOU LIKE IT, HAMLET, LOOK BACK IN ANGER, UNCLE VANYA, KING LEAR, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, CORIOLANUS and THE LIFE OF NAPOLEON. He also wrote the plays PUBLIC ENEMY and TELL ME HONESTLY.
Numerous stage appearances include the RSC's HENRY V, LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, and HAMLET. His more recent theatrical endeavors include directing the hit stage comedy THE PLAY WHAT I WROTE which transferred from London's West End to Broadway where it received a TONY nomination, and five-star performances on the British stage in RICHARD III, Mamet's EDMOND, IVANOV, and the new comedy PAINKILLER in the opening season at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Branagh’s hometown.
Branagh is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where he won the Bancroft Gold Medal. He received the prestigious Michael Balcon Award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), for outstanding contribution to cinema.