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Born: December 10, 1960 Cause of Death:
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Raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland
1970:
Relocated with his family to Reading, England
1982:
Made West End stage debut in "Another Country"
1982:
Played the lead role in the BBC trilogy "Play for Today"
1984:
Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company at age 23; was the youngest "Henry V" in the company's history
1984:
Made American TV debut in the "Great Performances" presentation of Virginia Woolf's "To the Lighthouse" (PBS)
1985:
Wrote and directed first play, "Tell Me Honestly"
1986:
Played Oswald Alving in the the TV version of Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts" (aired in the U.S. on BBC America in 1999)
1987:
Formed the Renaissance Theatre Company with David Parfitt
1987:
Directed the Renaissance production of "Twelfth Night"
1987:
Film acting debut in "A Month in the Country"
1987:
Co-starred with future wife Emma Thompson in the BBC production of "Fortunes of War" (aired in the U.S. on PBS' "Masterpiece Theater" in 1988)
1988:
Portrayed Gordan Evans (as an adult) in the three-part "American Playhouse" (PBS) presentation of Eugene O'Neill's epic "Strange Interlude"
1989:
Film directing debut, William Shakespeare's "Henry V"; also adapted and played the title role; earned Best Actor and Best Director Oscar nominations
1989:
Co-starred with Emma Thompson in the Renaissance revival of "Look Back in Anger"; both the theatre and television productions were directed by Judi Dench
1991:
Played dual roles in "Dead Again" as a chirpy private eye and a tortured composer; also directed and co-starred with wife Thompson
1992:
Produced first feature, "Peter's Friends"; also directed and co-starred with an ensemble cast that included wife Thompson
1992:
Received an Oscar nomination for Best Live Action Short Film for "Swan Song"
1993:
Adapted and directed the film version of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"; also co-starred with Emma Thompson
1993:
Reprised role of Jimmy Porter in the telecast of John Osborne's "Look Back in Anger" (Bravo); Thompson co-starred
1994:
Co-produced and directed, "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein"; also co-starred as Victor Frankenstein opposite Robert De Niro's monster; first film with actress Helena Bonham Carter
1994:
Disbanded the Renaissance Theatre Company
1994:
Made off-Broadway debut as director and playwright of "Public Enemy" at the Irish Arts Centre
1995:
Played the villain Iago to Laurence Fishburne's "Othello"
1996:
Played himself in Al Pacino's documentary drama "Looking for Richard"
1996:
Adapted and directed a theatrical film version of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet"; also played the title role; earned an Oscar nomination for Adapted Screenplay
1998:
Played a Southern lawyer in Robert Altman's "The Gingerbread Man"; John Grisham's first original screenplay
1998:
Played the lead in Woody Allen's "Celebrity"
1998:
Co-starred with Helena Bonham Carter in the critically-acclaimed "Theory of Flight"
1999:
Cast as the villainous Dr. Loveless in the feature version of "Wild Wild West"
2000:
Provided the voice of Miguel for the animated "The Road to El Dorado"; also credited as song performer on "It's Tough to be a God"
2000:
Directed a musical film version of "Love's Labour's Lost"; also wrote screen adaptation and starred as Berowne
2000:
Narrated the Oscar-nominated animated short, "The Periwig-Maker"
2000:
Received rave reviews for turn as a curmudgeonly playwright in "How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog"
2001:
Portrayed SS General Richard Heydrich in the HBO drama, "Conspiracy"
2001:
Had small but pivotal role as the Chief Protector of Aborigines in the Australia film, "Rabbit Proof Fence"
2002:
Played the title role in the A&E biographical drama, "Shackleton"
2002:
Returned to the British stage to play the title role of "Richard III" at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield
2002:
Portrayed Gilderoy Lockhart in "Harry Potter in the Chamber of Secrets"
2003:
Returned to the London stage playing the title role in David Mamet's "Edmond" at the National Theater
2005:
Earned Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations as Franklin D. Roosevelt in the HBO original movie, "Warm Springs"
2007:
Directed Michael Caine and Jude Law in an adaptation of Harold Pinter's Tony Award-winning play "Sleuth"
2008:
Co-starred with Tom Cruise in Bryan Singer's historical thriller, "Valkyrie"
2008:
Cast as a Swedish detective in three feature-length adaptations of Henning Mankell's best-selling "Wallander" crime novels for the BBC; also executive produced; earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor in a Television Movie
2009:
Played a government minister in Richard Curtis' "Pirate Radio"
2011:
Directed Chris Hemsworth in the title role of "Thor," based on the Marvel superhero
2011:
Played Sir Laurence Olivier in "My Week with Marilyn"
2012:
Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II; title changed to Sir Kenneth Branagh

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