Kenneth Branagh

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

10th December, 1960







Murder On The Orient Express Review

Very Good

The latest adaptation of Agatha Christie's 83-year-old classic whodunit, this lavish, star-studded film is old-style entertainment. Director-star Kenneth Branagh lets the story unfold with attention to detail while filling the screen with eye-catching images, from the spectacular mountain settings to the opulent costumes. And while the story is too familiar to stir up too much suspense, it's played with a strong sense of emotional resonance. And the moral question is provocative.

The Orient Express sets off from 1934 Istanbul with a colourful collection of passengers. A last-minute addition is noted detective Hercule Poirot (Branagh), who has just solved a thorny mystery in Jerusalem and is now heading to London. Even though he shouldn't be working, he begins to weigh up the odd collection of passengers around him, including a gangster (Johnny Depp), countess (Judi Dench), widow (Michelle Pfeiffer), governess (Daisy Ridley), maid (Olivia Colman), salesman (Wille Dafoe), assistant (Josh Gad), butler (Derek Jacobi) and doctor (Leslie Odom Jr.). Then in the middle of the night, one of them is violently murdered. And when the train becomes lodged in a snowdrift, Poirot has the time to dig further into each person's clearly suspicious back-story.

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Kenneth Branagh Describes Hollywood Sex Scandal As "Horrible Wake-Up Call"

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 02 November 2017

Kenneth Branagh

Branagh was asked about the Hollywood sex scandal when interviewed on British TV this week.

Sir Kenneth Branagh has spoken about the ongoing Hollywood sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the industry, saying that the sheer number of allegations being made against prominent figures is a “horrible wake-up call”.

The 56 year old actor and director was interviewed for Thursday morning’s edition of ‘Lorraine’, and he was asked about the news that has been dominating headlines for the last month.

Just this week, the scandal has grown from the original accusations against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein to include claims against Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman and filmmaker Brett Ratner.

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Dunkirk Review


Britain's epic 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk has been dramatised on film before, but no one has taken an approach like Christopher Nolan. Not that this is a surprise, since Nolan has made a career of fiercely inventive filmmaking. But this might be his masterpiece: a relatively simple story told with creative verve, relentlessly growing intensity, emotional resonance and the weight of history.

He recounts the events on three timelines. Over the course of a week, young soldier Tommy (rising star Fionn Whitehead) finds himself on the beach at Dunkirk amid 400,000 soldiers hemmed in from behind by the Germans and looking for some way to get across the Channel to England. But every ship he finds is sunk in front of him, or under him, as German pilots drop bombs from the sky. Meanwhile over the course of one day, English yachtsman Dawson (Mark Rylance) and his sons (Tom Glynn-Carney and Barry Keoghan) head off to do what they can as part of an armada of small civilian boats. And in the sky above over the course of an hour, spitfire pilot Farrier (Tom Hardy) engages the Luftwaffe in a series of aerial battles.

Nolan skilfully edits these three time-strands together into a narrative that continually loops back on itself, showing events from different angles. It sometimes feels a bit repetitive, but that's the point, and the result is increasingly resonant as it recounts the events from three internal perspectives. In the focal roles, Whitehead, Rylance and Hardy offer distinct angles on heroism and survival. These are powerfully engaging performances that reveal men merely doing what they can in seemingly impossible situations.

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Kenneth Branagh and Aneurin Barnard at the New York premiere of 'Dunkirk' held at AMC Loews Lincoln Square - New York, United States - Tuesday 18th July 2017

Dunkirk - Trailer and Featurette

It's 1940 and World War II is in full swing. Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada and France at stationed at Dunkirk ready to pull France from the grip of the Germans. However, they soon discover that they are completely surrounded by enemy forces who have them so trapped that they no longer have use for tanks. Confined in the open space of the Dunkirk beaches with nowhere left to hide and definitely nowhere to run, the soldiers face almost certain death as the air strikes begin. Their only hope is to sail across the English Channel to safety, but with enemy planes showing no mercy their survival will be miraculous. But these are allied forces aren't about to surrender, no matter what happens. Their courage and determination is about to save more than 300,000 men.

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Dunkirk Trailer

In one of the biggest military disasters in British history, 400,000 soldiers found themselves stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk in France in 1940 in the midst of World War II. Their journey was about releasing the allied France from the grip of the Germans, but when they find themselves surrounded by enemy forces, with nowhere left to hide their options become limited. Determined not to surrender to the Nazis, an incredible emergency evacuation begins as bomb after bomb is dropped on the fleeing men. The Royal Air Force and British Navy vessels rush to the aid of their trapped troops, as well as boats from brave civilians, and together they manage to save over 300,000 men from the terrifying attack in Operation Dynamo.

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Kenneth Branagh and Lindsay Brunnock at the world premiere of Alien: Covenant - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 4th May 2017

Kenneth Branagh and Lindsay Brunnock attending the 2016 London Evening Standard Theatre Awards held at the Old Vic Theatre - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 13th November 2016

From 'Romeo + Juliet' To Macbeth: 11 Of The Best William Shakespeare Adaptations In Cinema History

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 07 April 2016

William Shakespeare Ian McKellen Leonardo Dicaprio Michael Fassbender Kenneth Branagh

His work lives on 400 years after his death.

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of the world's most renowned playwright William Shakespeare, we reflect on the best interpretations of his work that have ever hit the big screen. From all Kenneth Branagh's flawless performances to Baz Luhrmann's brave modern adaptation, these are simply the best moments of Shakespeare in cinema.

Image caption 'Henry V' was Kenneth Branagh's directorial debut

1. Henry V (1989): Kenneth Branagh's directorial debut and a career he never looked back from since, 'Henry V' was followed by 'Much Ado About Nothing', 'Hamlet' and 'Love's Labour's Lost'. Branagh has starred in every Shakespeare film he's directed apart from 'As You Like It', and directed every Shakespearean film he's ever starred in apart from 'Othello'. 'Henry V' won Best Costume Design at the Oscars, with nominations for Best Director and Actor.

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Sir Kenneth Branagh To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From London Critics' Circle

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 17 November 2015

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The Shakespearean actor and director is being recognised for his glittering 34-year career.

Sir Kenneth Branagh has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award by Britain’s most well-established critics organisation. The London Film Critics’ Circle has announced that the impresario will be given the Dilys Powell Award for excellence in film in the new year.

54 year old Branagh, who was knighted in 2012 for his contributions to the stage and screen, will receive the award at the Circle’s annual ceremony in London on January 17th, 2016, when the recipients of other prizes for achievements in movie-making are revealed.

Image caption Sir Kenneth Branagh is to be honoured with the Dilys Powell Award for excellence in film

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Lily James' Dream Came True With 'Cinderella' Casting

By Rich Cline in Movies / TV / Theatre on 27 March 2015

Lily James Richard Madden Kenneth Branagh

Many actors and actresses grow up loving certain movies; if offered the chance to work on newer versions of those movies, it can be truly fantastic.

After their postmodern live-action remakes of 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Sleeping Beauty' (as 'Maleficent'), Disney has taken a much more traditional approach to the diamond in the crown, 'Cinderella'. This includes hiring an actress who looks like a princess.

Lily James and Richard Madden in 'Cinderella'

Best known as 'Downton Abbey''s rebellious young Lady Rose, 25-year-old English actress Lily James is still thrilled to have played such an iconic role. "The first Disney movie I saw I think was 'Snow White'. I loved all the Disney princess movies," she said. "I was completely infatuated with all of them. I had the little slippers and would parade around the house before my brothers sort of beat me up and shattered my dreams of being a princess!"

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Kenneth Branagh, Lily James and Richard Madden - Shots of a host of stars as they arrived and took to the red carpet for the UK Premiere of 'Cinderella' which was held at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, United Kingdom - Thursday 19th March 2015

"Cinderella's" $70 Million Debut Is Just A Part Of The Well-Oiled Disney Machine

By Victoria Pavlova in Movies / TV / Theatre on 16 March 2015

Cate Blanchett Richard Madden Lily James Kenneth Branagh

Disney is on a roll again.

Cinderella’s super successful release this weekend proves two things.

  1. People will watch almost anything, if it’s colourful, loud and features Cate Blanchett and

  2. There is still money to be made from the fairytale genre.

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'Cinderella' Has Fairytale US Debut Taking Over $70 Million At Weekend Box Office

By Stephanie Chase in Movies / TV / Theatre on 16 March 2015

Lily James Kenneth Branagh

Lily James stars as the glass slippered princess in Disney’s live action retelling of the classic tale.

It looks as if Disney has cast another spell over the US box office, as the studio’s live action reimagining of Cinderella has come out on top this weekend, taking $70.1 million domestically.

Lily James as Cinderella

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the film stars ‘Downton Abbey’ actress Lily James alongside Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter and Richard Madden. Along with charming audiences, the film has also proven a hit with the critics earning a 84% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Kenneth Branagh - 65th Berlin International Film Festival - 'Cinderella' - Press Conference at Hotel Hyatt - Berlin, Germany - Friday 13th February 2015