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KENNETH BRANAGH (Dr. Arliss Loveless) has made a significant impact in motion pictures as an actor, director, writer and producer, appearing most recently on screen in Woody Allen's "Celebrity" and in Robert Altman's "The Gingerbread Man."

Branagh studied at England's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and made his professional debut in the hit "Another Country," followed by several other plays. He then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he performed in "Love's Labours Lost," "Hamlet" and "Henry V" before leaving to form his own successful theater company. Among his other accomplishments on stage were starring roles in sold-out productions of "Hamlet," "King Lear" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

After making his film debut in 1987 in "High Season," he appeared in "A Month in the Country," and then directed, adapted and starred in the critically acclaimed "Henry V," for which he received BAFTA and National Board of Review Awards for Best Director. He then directed and starred in "Dead Again"; produced, directed and starred in "Peter's Friends"; and appeared in "Swing Kids." He starred in, directed and adapted Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"; starred in and directed "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein"; directed and wrote the screenplay for "In the Bleak Midwinter"; narrated "Anne Frank Remembered"; starred opposite Laurence Fishburne in "Othello"; and produced, directed, adapted and starred in "Hamlet."

Branagh received an Academy Award nomination in 1992 for Best Live Action Short Film for "Swan Song"; for his work on "Henry V," Branagh received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor and Best Director, as well as the European Film Awards' Felix Award for Best Direction, Best Actor and Best New Film. For his work on "Hamlet," Branagh received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay; for "Othello," he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award as Best Supporting Actor. In 1993, Branagh received BAFTA's Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema.

Branagh's recent acting credits include 1997's "The Proposition," "The Theory of Flight" and the upcoming "Alien Love Triangle," the last directed by Danny Boyle. He is currently working on a musical film version of "Love's Labour's Lost."


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