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!!
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