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KENNETH BRANAGH portrays Richard, a troubled artist whose run-in with the law leads to a community service sentence that will alter his life. Branagh is equally accomplished as a writer, actor, director and filmmaker. He began his career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, quickly becoming one of the British stage's leading young actors. Next he formed his own Renaissance Theatre Company, directing and starring in multiple Shakespearean productions the drew the highest critical acclaim. His early film roles included Fortunes of War, A Month in the Country, High Season and Look Back in Anger.

In 1989, Branagh became an internationally recognized star after directing. writing and starring in a visceral and dynamic new screen version of Henry V. The film won dozens of honors, garnering Branagh Oscar® nominations for Best Director and Best Actor as well as a National Board of Review Award, the European Actor of the Year Award, the D.W. Griffith Award for Best Director and a New York Critics Circle Award among others.

Branagh went on to direct and star in the noiresque thriller Dead Again, the comedy Peter's Friends, the Academy Award®-nominated short Swan Song, an acclaimed screen adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing and the horror hit Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Branagh's 1996 screen version of Hamlet drew more awards, including an Academy Award® nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay' and Best Picture. Other film credits include starring roles in Oliver Parker's Othello, Richard Brown's The True Story of Frankenstein, Al Pacino's Looking for Richard and Lesli Glatter's Shakespeare Sister. His most recent performances include Robert Altman's The Gingerbread Man and the neurotic journalist who is dazzled by the stars in Woody Allen's Celebrity. He also narrates the 25-hour CNN documentary' special "The Cold War" this winter.

Branagh's forthcoming roles include Barry Sonnenfeld's The Wild, Wild West with Will Smith and Kevin Kline; a voice in the Dreamworks animated feature The Road to El Dorado; and Danny Boyle's Alien Love Triangle, part of the trilogy' Light Years.


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