Biography of Kenneth Branagh (1960-VVVV)

Director of Irish film, born in Belfast, Ireland North, on December 10, 1960.


Kenneth Branagh

Branagh family moved, this being an adolescent, to Reading. Fascinated by Theatre, Hamlet invaded his childhood he would later tell her story, and decided to enroll at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he soon began to emerge by getting a number of awards for his performances, such as the prestigious Bancroft gold medal. After graduating, at the beginning of the year 1982, Branagh made his debut in the West End with an emblematic work for the young generations of English actors: Another Country, Julian Mitchell, which also have been Daniel Day-Lewis, Cary Elwes and Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, whether in theatre or in the film adaptation of Marek Kaniewska. For his portrayal of Tommy Judd in this work, Branagh received the Society of West End Theatres, Play and Players, awards in all three cases awarded as actor promise.

The actor already had been consecrated, but his dreams went beyond, to become director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Renaissance Theatre Company, which he founded with David Parfitt. King Lear, the dream of a night of summer, Romeo and Juliet, public enemy, life of Napoleon and Doceava night, are some of his major works as director, actor and writer. Occasionally, he shared the glory of the scene with Emma Thompson, who had known both protagonists of the television series Fortunes of War. He was to leave the school of interpretation when Branagh worked in several television productions: Billy Trilogy, To the Lighthouse or The boy in the bush. It would be the hero of The lady's not for burning, Fry; the son of Glenda Jackson in the comedy of Eugene O'Neill, Strange Interlude and the son of Judy Dench in Ghosts by Ibsen, in a production for the BBC.

In 1988, when Kenneth Branagh premiered his film Enrique V, was already a well-known actor. It could not come into cinema as a director of another way.Shakespeare is present in his films and in his life. He had provided her with numerous awards in the theatre and of course also provide as a filmmaker. Branagh adapted, directed and starred Enrique V, the exploits of a young King who matures while governs the most powerful country in the middle ages, and does so at the expense of the blood of two warring peoples. Branagh efforts were rewarded: three nominations and an Oscar, award from the National Board of Review for best director, prize New York Critics Circle Best Director novel, two Félix Awards for best actor and best European young film, BAFTA for best director and the Evening Standard best film.

Hollywood was dazed and invited him to direct his next film, still, die an intricate script by double characters that mixes the current era (photographed in color) with a supernatural way to access the past (filmed in black and white). A year later returns to assume different facets to co-producing, directing and starring in friends of Peter, which gets the Evening Standard Peter Sellers for Comedy. But Shakespeare always returns. It is a constant that has led him to be compared with Lord Olivier. In 1993, he co-produced, directed and starred in much ADO and ADO, which competed in the Festival de Cannes. A delicious adaptation with an excellent direction of actors who immediately captivated the public becoming the adaptation of Shakespeare most applauded of the last twenty years, to date. However, if there is something that can lose to Branagh is his inordinate selfishness, fed by numerous awards, a great success, and his youth. Certain delusions of grandeur make Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, the wake of Dracula, produced by Coppolaand Robert de Niro as "the creature". Branagh expressed its intention to direct this film with the following words: "Has to do with issues such as fatherhood and the family, liability, life, death, with the arrogance of the man to confront nature and its impunity towards the human essence". These purposes are however marred with a blistering pace in crescendo that never fails to explode. Conscious of this, Branagh directed in 1995 in the most raw of the harsh winter, an intimate history, back in touch with reality, more in the line of Peter's friends.

A desire for years, worked and grazed down to the slightest detail, finally gave its fruit in 1996. Hamlet, Shakespeare's longest play is also the longest film of Branagh and is among the longest in the history of cinema.

It is difficult to blame simple "high flight" in a derogatory tone to a director who whenever he releases a film shows what it is worth. Their desire to grab multiple facets: director, actor, screenwriter or producer within the same film become able to do so. Branagh covers because you can, because you know, saving the blip of Frankenstein, is always exceeded. It is not surprising that it is unable to succumb to the temptation to interpret the characters that he directs. For someone with his career, so linked to the theatre, is and will be first and foremost, actor; overcoming the comparisons with Lawrence Olivier and overcoming criticism that branded him in endiosado. It must be for some powerful reason that actors of all types and generations, Englishmen and Americans as: Charlton Heston, Ian Holm, Derek Jacobi, Robert de Niro, Jack Lemmon, Julie Christie, Paul Scofield, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves, Andy García and Kate Beckinsale, to name a few of a long list, have been in their hands. The main reason may be the timelessness of their projects, the undeniable interest of their stories.

In 1989, Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson married and she will be the Muse of his first four films. After the break the actor is related with the also actress Helena Bonham - Carter.

Since 1992 he produced Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Branagh was aloof scenarios Londoners more than one decade to return in 2003 with the Edmond by David Mamet play.


1989: Henry V (adaptation and interpretation). 1991: die still (and interpretation). 1992: friends of Peter (producer and artist). 1993: much ADO and ADO (and co-producer and interpreter). 1994: Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley (co-producer and performer) 1995: in the most raw of winter (adaptation); Othello (interpreter). 1996: Hamlet (adaptation and interpretation). 1997: broken promises (performer). 1998: Celebrity (interpreter); Conflict of interest (interpreter); Strange request (interpreter). 1999: The manufacturer of wigs (interpreter); Lost works of love (interpreter); Wild, Wild West (interpreter). 2000: The road to El Dorado (interpreter). 2001: The final solution (interpreter). 2002: Alien love triangle (interpreter); Stolen generation (interpreter); Shackleton (interpreter); Harry Potter and the Chamber of secrets (interpreter). 2003: Listening (and adaptation). 2004: Five boys and this (interpreter). 2005: Warm Springs (interpreter). 2006: As (dir.); The magic flute (ed.) 2007: footprint (ed.) 2008: Valkyrie (interpreter). 2009: Radio covert (interpreter). 2011: Thor (dir.)