Sir Kenneth Branagh (b. 10 December, 1960) is an Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated Northern Irish-born British actor and film director. He portrayed Gilderoy Lockhart in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Branagh is well known for his Shakespeare adaptations, a number of which he co-starred in with Emma Thompson, to whom he was married from 1989 to 1995. Thompson portrays Sybill Trelawney in the Harry Potter films. Branagh was later involved with Helena Bonham Carter, who portrays Bellatrix Lestrange in the films.

In 2001, Branagh won an Emmy Award for the TV movie Conspiracy. His remake of Sleuth, with Michael Caine and Jude Law, was released in 2007.

Outside his Shakespeare work, Branagh has also delved into SF and fantasy, playing Dr Frankenstein in a popular mid-90s version of the Frankenstein story, and as Dr Loveless in a film version of the TV series The Wild Wild West. In 2011, he directed a film adaptation of the comic book superhero Thor, and appeared in My Week with Marilyn with Emma Watson, Geraldine Somerville, Toby Jones, and Zoë Wanamaker.

In 2012, he was knighted at the 2012 Birthday Honours for his services to drama and to the community in Northern Ireland.[1]

Selected filmography


Year Film Role Notes
2017 Murder on the Orient Express Hercule Poirot Also director
2013 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Viktor Cherevin Supporting role as well as director
2011 My Week with Marilyn Sir Laurence Olivier Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor
2009 The Boat That Rocked Sir Alistair Dormandy
2008-2010 Wallander (TV series) Kurt Wallander 6 episodes
2008 Valkyrie Henning von Tresckow
10 Days to War Colonel Tim Collins TV Series: 1 Episode
2007 Sleuth Other Man on TV Uncredited
2006 American Experience (TV series documentary) Narrator 1 episode
The Man Behind Hitler
2005 Warm Springs Franklin D. Roosevelt TV movie
2004 Five Children and It Uncle Albert
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Professor Gilderoy Lockhart
Rabbit-Proof Fence A. O. Neville
How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog Peter McGowan
Shackleton Ernest Henry Shackleton TV mini-series
2001 Conspiracy Reinhard Heydrich TV movie
Schneider's 2nd Stage Joseph Barnett Short Film
2000 The Road to El Dorado Miguel Voice Only
Love's Labour's Lost Berowne
1999 The Periwig-Maker Periwig-maker Short Film
Voice Only
Wild Wild West Dr Arliss Loveless
Alien Love Triangle Steve Chesterman Short Film
1998 The Gingerbread Man Rick Magruder
The Theory of Flight Richard With Helena Bonham Carter.
Celebrity Lee Simon
The Proposition Father Michael McKinnon
The Dance of Shiva Col. Evans Short Film
1996 Hamlet Hamlet
1995 Othello Iago
1994 Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein With Helena Bonham Carter.
1993 Much Ado About Nothing Benedick with Emma Thompson and Imelda Staunton. Also director.
Swing Kids Herr Knopp, Gestapo Uncredited
1992 Peter's Friends Andrew Benson with Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry.
1991 Dead Again Roman Strauss
Mike Church
Directed as well as starred. Appeared with Emma Thompson.
1989 Look Back In Anger Jimmy Porter TV movie
Henry V Henry V Directed as well as starred. Appeared with Emma Thompson. Academy Award nomination for Best Actor
1988 Thompson Various Roles TV Series: 6 Episodes
Strange Interlude Gordan Evans TV
1987 Fortunes of War Guy Pringle TV Series: 7 Episodes (with Emma Thompson)
A Month in the Country James Moon
High Season Rick
1985 Coming Through D.H. Lawrence TV movie
1983 To the Lighthouse Charles Tansley TV Series
1981 Chariots of Fire Artist Uncredited


Year Film Notes
2017 Murder on the Orient Express Also Producer
2015 Cinderella
2013 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
2011 Thor
2007 Sleuth Also Producer
Queer Lion
Nominated - Golden Lion
2006 The Magic Flute Also Writer
As You Like It Also Writer/Executive Producer
2003 Listening Short Film
Also Writer
2000 Love's Labour's Lost Also Writer/Producer
1996 Hamlet Also Writer
Evening Standard British Film Award’s Special Jury Award
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
1995 A Midwinter's Tale Also Writer
Golden Osella
Nominated - Golden Lion
1994 Frankenstein Also Co-Producer
1993 Much Ado About Nothing Also Writer/Producer
London Film Critics Circle Award for Best British Producer
Nominated - Palme d'Or
Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Film
1992 Swan Song Short Film
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
Peter's Friends Also Producer
1991 Dead Again Nominated - Golden Bear
1989 Henry V Also Writer
BAFTA Award for Best Direction
European Film Award for Best Director
European Film Award for Best Young Film
Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Film
National Board of Review Award for Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best New Director
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Director

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