Sir Kenneth Branagh has a net worth of $60 million. He is a British/Northern Irish actor, filmmaker, producer, and screenwriter.
He’s most known for directing and starring in several Shakespeare film adaptations, including “Henry V,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” and “Hamlet.”
He directed the films “Dead Again,” “Thor,” and “Belfast,” and starred in the TV shows “Fortunes of War,” “Shackleton,” and “Wallander,” among many others.
Early Life and Education
Kenneth Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to working-class Protestant parents William and Frances. He is the middle of three children. Grove Primary School was his alma mater when he was a kid.
Branagh’s family relocated to Reading, Berkshire, England when he was nine years old, due to the Troubles.
He went to Whiteknights Primary School and Meadway School, where he appeared in school plays such as “As toad of Toad Hall” and “Oh, What a Lovely War!” Branagh continued his education at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
When he began performing on the television anthology series “Play for Today” in 1982, Branagh soared to stardom in his native Northern Ireland.
He had a cameo role on “Maybury” the following year and appeared in the television film “To the Lighthouse.” Branagh’s stage performances in “Another Country” and “Henry V” garnered him critical acclaim. In 1987, he and David Parfitt co-founded Renaissance Theatre Company.
In 1989, Branagh directed his first feature film, the Shakespeare adaptation “Of Henry V,” in which he also appeared as the title king. He was nominated for both the Best Director and Best Actor Academy Awards for his efforts.
After that, Branagh acted alongside Emma Thompson in the 1991 romantic thriller “Dead Again.” He went on to direct “Peter’s Friends” the following year. With a version of “Much Ado About Nothing,” Branagh returned to Shakespeare’s well in 1993.
Following that, he directed “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” “In the Bleak Midwinter,” and the critically praised 1996 adaption of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay.
Branagh directed the first feature film adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” in 2000. Branagh is back with another Shakespeare adaptation, “As You Like It,” following a six-year break.
His rendition of Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute” was released in the same year. A remake of the 1972 thriller “Sleuth” was directed by Branagh in 2007. He helmed “Thor,” a Marvel superhero movie, four years later.
Following that, Branagh directed a number of big-budget Hollywood films, including “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” a sequel to the action thriller “Jack Ryan,” a live-action remake of “Cinderella,” and a Disney adaptation of the fantasy young adult novel “Artemis Fowl.”
He also directed and performed in two new Agatha Christie adaptations, “Murder on the Orient Express” and “Death on the Nile,” as well as a fictionalized Shakespeare biographical called “All Is True.”
In 2021, Branagh wrote and directed “Belfast,” a coming-of-age drama based on his own youth growing up in the namesake city, which received some of the highest reviews of his career.
Branagh debuted in the film “A Month in the Country” in 1987. He starred in the romantic comedy “High Season” the following year.
Branagh then starred in his own “Henry V,” followed by “Dead Again,” “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” “Hamlet,” “Sleuth,” and “Murder on the Orient Express,” among others. Branagh also played William Shakespeare in his historical fiction film “All Is True” and Iago in Oliver Parker’s “Othello” film adaptation.
Branagh acted in a number of films in the late 1990s, including “The Gingerbread Man,” “The Theory of Flight,” “Celebrity,” “The Proposition,” and “Wild Wild West,” which he did not direct. He starred in “Rabbit-Proof Fence” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” in the early 2000s.
“Five Children & It,” “Valkyrie,” and “The Boat That Rocked” were among his other films of the decade. Branagh received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of famed actor Laurence Olivier in the biographical drama “My Week with Marilyn” in 2011. Later roles included “Dunkirk” and “Tenet,” both directed by Christopher Nolan.
Branagh’s work in numerous television films and series earned him fame on the small screen. He earned an Emmy Award for his role as SS chief Reinhard Heydrich in the television film “Conspiracy” in 2001.
His performance as the titular adventurer in the television film “Shackleton” earned him an Oscar nomination the following year. When Branagh portrayed US President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the television film “Warm Springs” in 2005, he received even more attention and another Emmy nomination.
He went on to win a number of awards for his role as the titular character in the British series “Wallander” from 2008 to 2016.
“Coming Through,” “The Lady’s Not for Burning,” “Lorna,” and “Look Back in Anger” are among Branagh’s other small-screen credits.
He also voiced the character of Eco in the 2006 animated series “Lunar Jim,” and acted in the 1987 BBC production of “Fortunes of War.” Branagh has also narrated documentaries like “Cold War,” “Walking with Dinosaurs,” “Walking with Beasts,” and “World War 1 in Color.”
Branagh married Emma Thompson, a British actress with whom he had a number of films, in 1989. Thompson divorced him in 1995 after he began an affair with actress Helena Bonham Carter while they were still together.
Branagh married art director Lindsay Brunnock in 2003, following his relationship with Bonham Carter.