Beginning by Kenneth BranaghA readable, engaging and insightful account. Chicago TribuneBreezy, high-spirited, interesting... New York NewsdayIn Beginning, Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh charts the ups and downs of a life in acting - a young career that has made him the most acclaimed actor of his generation. Opening with his childhood in working-class Belfast, in a neighborhood of drinkers and dreamers, Branagh describes the fires of early ambition that drew him to the stage and to the plays of Shakespeare. At age twenty-four he founded his own actors troupe with the goal of performing those plays; at twenty-eight, he directed and starred in the movie of Henry V, the role that won him international fame. Beginning is crammed with colorful anecdotes and insights into the actors and directors craft, including: Stories about Olivier, Gielgud, Finney, Jacobi, and a private audience with Prince Charles to research the role of Henry VAd-libbing Shakespeare when props are missingThe differences in performing on stage, television, and large-screen filmsA near-miss in landing the role of Mozart in the film Amadeus: an actors dream turned nightmareRaising millions from scratch and filming Henry V in seven weeksWritten with great humor and a natural storytellers gift, Beginning is an intriguing book for anyone interested in theater and film.Kenneth Brannagh has received Academy Award nominations for both his acting in and direction of Henry V. His varied stage and screen performances include several major roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, on the screen in A Month in the Country, and in Masterpiece Theaters Fortunes of War. As the founder of the Renaissance Theater Company he has directed King Lear, A Midsummer Nights Dream, and many other plays that have toured throughout the world. Now working on new film and theater projects. Kenneth Branagh lives in England.
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Let's take a look at the talented star's background, award-winning movies, and infamous affair with Helena Bonham Carter. Born in Belfast in December , his family moved to Reading, Berkshire to escape the Troubles when Kenneth was nine. His contemporaries included Alan Rickman, Juliet Stevenson, and Fiona Shaw, and throughout the s Kenneth performed in numerous stage productions. Known for his Shakespeare roles, Kenneth went on to make a wide range of films and TV, including Disney reboots, Scandi crime drama remakes, Marvel blockbusters, and WW2 epics. He was knighted in for his services to drama and the community in Northern Ireland, shortly after appearing in the Olympics Opening Ceremony.
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This is a beta version of NNDB. When he was ten years old, the Branaghs moved to England to escape the troubles, and in his new school young Kenneth "played the role" of an English boy, reverting to his Irish accent only at home. He was usually cast in the lead in school plays, and after watching year-old Branagh's performance in a school production of Oh, What A Lovely War , his drama teacher pulled him aside. Branagh expected a word of encouragement or a bit of advice, but instead his teacher took a deep breath, and told him he should consider acting as his life's work. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he studied under Jonathan Pryce , and he was working regularly on British television even before graduating. By his mids Branagh was directing plays, staging them with his own Renaissance Theatre Company, and being acclaimed as London's next Olivier. In his first film appearance, he starred as D.
Emma Thompson has revealed that her heartbreaking Love Actually scene in which her character realises her husband has been unfaithful was made easier by her own personal experience. The year-old actress was married to Kenneth Branagh in the late 80s but their marriage ended in divorce when he reportedly had an affair with Helena Bonham Carter, who he was working with at the time. She is known for playing colourful characters in film and TV and has made a name for herself in the period drama and literary adaptation markets. Emma has been married twice — her marriage to Kenneth Branagh lasting for six years from to It was during this marriage that the actor, producer, director and screenwriter is believed to have had an affair with Bonham Carter. It was suggested Kenneth started an affair with Helena when they worked together in , before he and Emma divorced the year later.