JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT
KENNETH BRANAGH (Viktor Cherevin, Director) is one of the world's most
consistently acclaimed filmmakers and actors. As an Actor and Director,
Branagh's work is trademarked by quality, truth and passion.
Branagh is currently set to release the newest installment of Tom Clancy's JACK
RYAN franchise for Paramount, which he will also star in alongside Chris Pine
and Keira Knightley, in January 2014. Branagh is also currently in
post-production on the live-action CINDERELLA for Disney, releasing March 2015.
Additionally, Branagh recently starred in and co-directed MACBETH for the
Manchester International Festival in the summer of 2013. In June 2014, Branagh
will reprise his same role in the production in his New York stage debut of
MACBETH at the Park Avenue Armory. He was also recently knighted for services to
drama and the community in Northern Ireland by Queen Elizabeth II.
In 2011, Branagh starred as Sir Laurence Olivier in MY WEEK WITH MARILYN,
opposite Michelle Williams and directed by Simon Curtis. The role earned Branagh
an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, as well as a Golden
Globe and Screen Actors Guild nomination. This marked Branagh's fifth career
Academy Award nomination, making him one of the first actors to receive five
nominations in five separate categories (Actor, Supporting Actor, Director,
Screenplay, and Short).
In May 2011, Branagh released the anticipated MARVEL action adventure, THOR,
which he directed, starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Anthony
Hopkins. The film grossed over $448 million worldwide.
Branagh's first venture into filmmaking met instant success. His 1989 production
of HENRY V, which he adapted from the Shakespeare and both starred in and
directed, won a score of international awards including Academy Award
nominations for Best Actor and Best Director. He was subsequently invited to
Hollywood to direct and star in DEAD AGAIN, which was a huge international hit,
and next directed himself in the ensemble film PETER'S FRIENDS, which won the
Evening Standard Peter Sellers Award for Comedy. Branagh's second Shakespearean
film success as actor, director, writer and producer was MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING,
which was invited to screen at the Cannes Film Festival, and in the same year
his short film of the Chekhov play SWAN SONG received an Academy Award
nomination. He went on to direct Robert De Niro in the commercial hit MARY
SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN and his black and white film A MIDWINTER'S TALE opened
the 1996 Sundance Film Festival and won the prestigious Osello d'Oro at the
Venice Film Festival. Branagh's critically acclaimed full-length version of
HAMLET, in 70mm, received 4 Academy Award nominations. His fourth Shakespeare
film adaptation was a 1930's musical version of LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST. More
recently, Branagh directed HBO Films' AS YOU LIKE IT, a film of Mozart's opera
THE MAGIC FLUTE and SLEUTH, written by Harold Pinter and starring Jude Law and
His other film work includes acting roles in Pat O'Connor's A MONTH IN THE
COUTRY; Oliver Parker's OTHELLO; Robert Altman's THE GINGERBREAD MAN; Woody
Allen's CELEBRITY; Danny Boyle's ALIEN LOVE TRIANGLE; Paul Greengrass's THE
THEORY OF FLIGHT; Barry Sonnenfeld's WILD WILD WEST; Philip Noyce's RABBIT PROOF
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS; the Richard Curtis comedy, PIRATE
RADIO; and Bryan Singer's VALKYRIE. Branagh has appeared in several outstanding
television dramas including a recent turn as Detective Kurt Wallander in the
BAFTA winning series WALLANDER, which earned him Emmy and Golden Globe
nominations. He has also starred in the title role of SHACKLETON for Channel 4;
A&E's CONSPIRACY in which he won an Emmy for Best Actor and earned a Golden
Globe nomination; WARM SPRINGS in which he played FDR and was nominated for an
Emmy , Golden Globe and a SAG Award.
Branagh's stage work began when he made his West End acting debut in ANOTHER
COUNTRY which earned him the Society of West End Theater's Award for "Most
Promising Newcomer." He founded the Renaissance Theatre Company for whom he
either starred in or directed the following works: TWELFTH NIGHT, MUCH ADO ABOUT
NOTHING, AS YOU LIKE IT, HAMLET, LOOK BACK IN ANGER, UNCLE VANYA, KING LEAR, A
MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, CORIOLANUS and THE LIFE OF NAPOLEON. He also wrote the
plays PUBLIC ENEMY and TELL ME HONESTLY.
Numerous stage appearances include the RSC's HENRY V, LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, and
HAMLET. His more recent theatrical endeavors include directing the hit stage
comedy THE PLAY WHAT I WROTE which transferred from London's West End to
Broadway where it received a TONY nomination, and five-star performances on the
British stage in RICHARD III, Mamet's EDMOND, IVANOV, and the new comedy
PAINKILLER in the opening season at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Branagh's
Branagh is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where he won the
Bancroft Gold Medal. He received the prestigious Michael Balcon Award from the
British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), for outstanding
contribution to cinema.
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