Kenneth Charles Branagh (born 10 December 1960) is a Northern Irish actor and film director.
Branagh is probably best known for his film adaptations of William Shakespeare, beginning with Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing , Hamlet , Love’s Labour’s Lost, As You Like It, and the film version of Othello.

Notable non-Shakespeare films that Branagh has appeared in include Dead Again, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, both of which he also directed, Wild Wild West, Rabbit-Proof Fence and Valkyrie (2008). He starred as Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in 2002, and recently played the Minister, Dormandy, (a parody of PMG Tony Benn) in the film The Boat That Rocked. Branagh has returned to directing again in recent years, most recently with the thriller Sleuth (2007), a remake of the 1972 film. At a film promotion for Valkyrie Branagh confirmed he would be directing Thor, a film based on the Marvel superhero, due for release in 2011.

Branagh has also been involved in several made-for-TV films. Among his most acclaimed portrayals is that of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the film Warm Springs (2005).
He received an Emmy for his portryal of SS leader Reinhard Heydrich in the TV film Conspiracy (2001), a depiction of the Wannsee Conference, where Nazi officials decided on the Final Solution.
In 2002 Branagh starred in the two-part television movie Shackleton, a dramatization of the 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition’s battle for survival. Branagh also narrated the BBC documentaries Walking With Dinosaurs, Walking With Beasts and Walking With Monsters.

Branagh filmed three stories for Wallander in 2008. They were adaptations of Henning Mankell’s best-selling Wallander crime novels. Branagh plays the eponymous Inspector Kurt Wallander and also serves as the executive producer of the series. Branagh won the award for best actor at the 35th Broadcasting Press Guild Television and Radio Awards in 2009.
He received his first BAFTA TV on 26 April 2009 for the British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series .For his performance in the episode One Step Behind, he was nominated in the Outstanding Actor, Miniseries or Movie category of the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards. The role has also gained him a nomination for Best Actor at the 2009 Crime Thriller Awards.Three more stories were filmed and aired by January 2010.

Apart from all that Wikipedia nonsense, he is just a gorgeous man!!
Faber Castell and Prismacolor pencils on Bristol Board extra smooth surface, 300gsm. 16×12 inches. Blue background added with Arcsoft PhotoStudio. For a version of this piece without the background, see here


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  • Errazi-Jalal
    Errazi-Jalalover 4 years ago

    Once again Margaret, a lovely portrait!! How I love Keneth, particularily in his masterly performance in Hamlet.. just a legend !!!

  • Thank you Jalal! I think he’s wonderful too!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Darover 4 years ago


  • Thanks Bobby!

    – Margaret Sanderson

    GEORGE SANDERSONover 4 years ago

    Brilliant portrait, Margaret !!!
    not one of my favourite actors, but you have painted him perfectly !!!

  • Thank you George!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • JenHagan
    JenHaganover 4 years ago

    The eyes are brilliant (and so is the beer)!xx

  • Thanks Lenny!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • starlite811
    starlite811about 4 years ago

    Your work is awesome, a fantastic portrait.

  • Thanks again Starlite!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • murals2go
    murals2goover 3 years ago

    I just love the rich despises of how you depict the flesh around the eyes!! Awesome!!

  • murals2go
    murals2goover 3 years ago

    Srry for typo, darn iPad with it’s own auto fill brain…the sixth word should be deepness

  • That’s ok murals. My keypad has the same problem. Especially late at night after a few thirst quenchers. Thanks very much!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • Penny Odom
    Penny Odomover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work!!

  • Thanks again Penny!

    – Margaret Sanderson

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeover 2 years ago

    V. Good Likeness! I say him in “My Week With Marilyn” & he was excellent as Sir Laurence Olivier.(whom my mom met when we were working as extras on “The Jazz Singer” re-make but that’s a whole other story) Keep up the Great Work:-)

  • Oh, you have some interesting stories Robyn. Thank you for the great comment.

    – Margaret Sanderson

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