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Sir
Sir
Kenneth Charles Branagh (/ˈbrænə/; born 10 December 1960)[1] is a Northern Irish actor, director, producer, and screenwriter originally from Belfast. Branagh trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and in 2015 succeeded Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
as its president. He has directed or starred in several film adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays, including Henry V (1989) (for which he was nominated for the Academy Awards
Academy Awards
for Best Actor
Actor
and Best Director), Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing
(1993), Othello (1995), Hamlet (1996) (for which he was nominated for the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Adapted Screenplay), Love's Labour's Lost (2000), and As You Like It (2006). Branagh has also starred in numerous other films and television series including Fortunes of War (1987), Woody Allen's Celebrity (1998), Wild Wild West (1999), The Road to El Dorado
The Road to El Dorado
(2000), Conspiracy (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Warm Springs (2005), as Major General Henning von Tresckow
Henning von Tresckow
in Valkyrie (2008), The Boat That Rocked (2009), Wallander (2008–2016), My Week with Marilyn (2011) as Sir
Sir
Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
( Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination for Best Supporting Actor), and as Royal Navy Commander Bolton in the action-thriller Dunkirk (2017). He has directed such notable films as Dead Again
Dead Again
(1991), in which he also starred, Swan Song (1992) (Academy Award nominated for Best Live Action Short Film), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) in which he also starred, The Magic Flute
The Magic Flute
(2006), Sleuth (2007), the blockbuster superhero film Thor (2011), the action thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) in which he also co-stars, the live-action remake of Disney's Cinderella (2015), and the mystery drama adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express (2017), in which he also starred as Hercule Poirot. He also narrated the BBC
BBC
documentary miniseries Walking with Dinosaurs (starred in 1999) (as well as The Ballad of Big Al), Walking with Beasts (2001) and Walking with Monsters (2005). Branagh has been nominated for five Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, and has won three BAFTAs, and an Emmy. He was appointed a knight bachelor in the 2012 Birthday Honours and was knighted on 9 November 2012.[2] He was made a Freeman of his native city of Belfast
Belfast
in January 2018.[3]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Theatre 2.2 Film 2.3 Television 2.4 Radio 2.5 Other work

3 Personal life 4 Honours 5 Filmography 6 Awards and nominations 7 Collaborations 8 Discography 9 See also 10 References 11 Further reading 12 External links

Early life[edit] Branagh, the middle of three children, was born in Belfast, the son of working-class Protestant parents Frances (née Harper) and William Branagh, a plumber and joiner who ran a company that specialised in fitting partitions and suspended ceilings.[4] At the age of nine, he moved with his family to Reading, Berkshire, England, to escape the Troubles.[5][6] He was educated at Grove Primary School,[7] Whiteknights Primary School, then Meadway School, Tilehurst,[8][9] where he appeared in school productions such as Toad of Toad Hall[10] and Oh, What a Lovely War!.[11] At school, he acquired Received Pronunciation to avoid bullying. On his identity today he has said, "I feel Irish. I don't think you can take Belfast
Belfast
out of the boy," and he attributes his "love of words" to his Irish heritage.[12][13] He is known to have attended the (amateur) Reading Cine & Video Society (now called Reading Film & Video Makers)[14] as a member and was a keen member of Progress Theatre
Progress Theatre
for whom he is now the patron. Branagh went on to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
in London.[15] In 1980 the Principal of RADA, Hugh Cruttwell, asked Branagh to perform a soliloquy from Hamlet
Hamlet
for Queen Elizabeth II, during one of her rare visits to the academy.[16] Career[edit] Theatre[edit] Branagh achieved some early measure of success in his native Northern Ireland for his role as Billy, the title character in the BBC's Play for Today[17] trilogy known as the Billy Plays (1982–84), written by Graham Reid and set in Belfast. He received acclaim in the UK for his stage performances, first winning the 1982 SWET Award for Best Newcomer, for his role as Judd in Julian Mitchell's Another Country, immediately after leaving RADA. Branagh was part of the 'new wave’ of actors to emerge from the Academy. Others included Jonathan Pryce, Juliet Stevenson, Alan Rickman, Anton Lesser, Bruce Payne and Fiona Shaw. In 1984 he appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company
Royal Shakespeare Company
production of Henry V, directed by Adrian Noble. The production played to full houses, especially at the Barbican in London. It was this production that he adapted for the film version of the play in 1989. He and David Parfitt founded the Renaissance Theatre Company in 1987, following success with several productions on the London
London
'Fringe', including Branagh's full-scale production of Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
at the Lyric Studio, co-starring with Samantha Bond. The first major Renaissance production was Branagh's Christmas 1987 staging of Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night
at Riverside Studios
Riverside Studios
in Hammersmith, starring Richard Briers
Richard Briers
as Malvolio
Malvolio
and Frances Barber as Viola, and with an original score by actor, musician and composer Patrick Doyle, who two years later was to compose the music for Branagh's film adaptation of Henry V. This Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night
was later adapted for television. Branagh became a major presence in the media and on the British stage when Renaissance collaborated with Birmingham Rep
Birmingham Rep
for a 1988 touring season of three Shakespeare plays under the umbrella title of Renaissance Shakespeare on the Road, which also played a repertory season at the Phoenix Theatre in London. It featured directorial debuts for Judi Dench
Judi Dench
with Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing
(starring Branagh and Samantha Bond as Benedick and Beatrice), Geraldine McEwan with As You Like It, and Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
directing Branagh in the title role in Hamlet, with Sophie Thompson
Sophie Thompson
as Ophelia. Critic Milton Shulman of the London
London
Evening Standard
Evening Standard
wrote: "On the positive side Branagh has the vitality of Olivier, the passion of Gielgud, the assurance of Guinness, to mention but three famous actors who have essayed the role. On the negative side, he has not got the magnetism of Olivier, nor the mellifluous voice quality of Gielgud nor the intelligence of Guinness."[18] A year later in 1989 Branagh co-starred with Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
in the Renaissance revival of Look Back in Anger. Judi Dench
Judi Dench
directed both the theatre and television productions, presented first in Belfast then at the London
London
Coliseum and Lyric Theatre. In 2002, Branagh starred at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
Sheffield
as Richard III. In 2003 he starred in the Royal National Theatre's production of David Mamet's Edmond. Branagh directed The Play What I Wrote
The Play What I Wrote
in England in 2001[19] and directed a Broadway production in 2003.[20][21] From September to November 2008, Branagh appeared at Wyndham's Theatre
Wyndham's Theatre
as the title character in the Donmar West End revival of Anton Chekhov's Ivanov in a new version by Tom Stoppard. His performance was lauded as the "performance of the year" by several critics.[22] It won him the Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Male Performance but did not get him a Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
Award nomination, to the surprise of critics.[23] In July 2013 he co-directed Macbeth
Macbeth
at Manchester International Festival with Rob Ashford. With Branagh in the title role, Alex Kingston played Lady Macbeth
Macbeth
and Ray Fearon
Ray Fearon
featured as Macduff. The final performance of the completely sold out run, was broadcast to cinemas on 20 July as part of National Theatre Live.[24] He repeated his performance and directorial duties opposite Ashford and Kingston when the production moved to New York City's Park Avenue Armory in June 2014. The production marked his New York stage debut.[25] In April 2015, Branagh announced his formation of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company, in which he would appear as actor-manager. With the company, he announced he will present a season of five shows at London's Garrick Theatre
Garrick Theatre
from October 2015 – November 2016. The shows will be The Winter's Tale, a double bill of Harlequinade and All On Her Own, Red Velvet, The Painkiller, Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
and The Entertainer. Branagh will direct all but The Entertainer, in which he will star. Branagh will also star in The Winter's Tale, Harlequinade and The Painkiller. Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
Theatre Company also includes Judi Dench (The Winter's Tale), Zoë Wanamaker
Zoë Wanamaker
(Harlequinade/All On Her Own), Derek Jacobi, Lily James and Richard Madden (Romeo and Juliet) and Rob Brydon
Rob Brydon
(The Painkiller). Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
Season In September 2015 was announced that The Winter's Tale, Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
and The Entertainer will be broadcast in cinemas, in partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment.[26] Film[edit] Branagh is known for his film adaptations of William Shakespeare, beginning with Henry V (1989), followed by Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Hamlet
Hamlet
(1996), Love's Labour's Lost (2000) and As You Like It (2006). As You Like It
As You Like It
premiered in theatres in Europe, but was sent directly to television in the U.S., where it aired on HBO
HBO
in August 2007. He was rumored to have been under consideration for the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi
Obi-Wan Kenobi
in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Notable non-Shakespeare films in which Branagh has appeared include Dead Again
Dead Again
(1991) and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), both of which he also directed, Wild Wild West
Wild Wild West
(1999), Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) and Valkyrie (2008). He starred as Gilderoy Lockhart
Gilderoy Lockhart
in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). He also played the Minister, Dormandy (a parody of PMG Tony Benn), in the film The Boat That Rocked (2009). Although he had a notable uncredited role as SS-Sturmbannführer Knopp in director Thomas Carter's 1993 film Swing Kids, between 1989 and 1996 Branagh mostly directed his own films, including Peter's Friends, with an outstanding cast including former student friends Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, Tony Slattery
Tony Slattery
and Stephen Fry, as well as Imelda Staunton
Imelda Staunton
and Rita Rudner; but the commercial and critical failure of Love's Labour's Lost ended his directorial career for a time. In 2006, the same year that Branagh's film version of As You Like It was released, he also directed a film version of Mozart's opera The Magic Flute, which has yet to be released in the U.S., where it has not even been shown on cable television or released on a Region 1 DVD. Branagh has also directed the thriller Sleuth (2007), a remake of the 1972 film. At a film promotion for Valkyrie in 2008, Branagh confirmed that he would be directing Thor, a film based on the Marvel superhero.[27] Thor, Branagh's return to big-budget directing, was released on 6 May 2011.[28] In 2011, Branagh portrayed Sir
Sir
Laurence Olivier in My Week with Marilyn. Branagh directed Disney's live-action version of Cinderella (2015).[29] Branagh played a Royal Navy Commander in Christopher Nolan's 2017 action-thriller Dunkirk, based on the British military evacuation of the French city of Dunkirk in 1940 during World War II. The film also starred Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy
and Harry Styles.[30] Branagh directed and starred in a film adaptation of Agatha Christie's detective novel Murder on the Orient Express (2017). Production began in London
London
in November 2016, and also starred Judi Dench, Daisy Ridley and Johnny Depp.[31] Like Branagh's Hamlet
Hamlet
in 1996,[32] it is among the very few to use 65mm film
65mm film
cameras since 1970.[33] Television[edit] Branagh has also been involved in several made-for-TV films. Among his most acclaimed portrayals is that of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the film Warm Springs (2005), for which he received an Emmy Award
Emmy Award
nomination. Though the film received 16 Emmy nominations, winning five (including Best Made-For-Television Film), Branagh did not win the award for his portrayal. He did, though, receive an Emmy for his portrayal of SS leader Reinhard Heydrich
Reinhard Heydrich
in the TV film Conspiracy (2001), a depiction of the Wannsee Conference, where Nazi officials decided on the Final Solution. In 2002 Branagh starred in the two-part television movie Shackleton, a dramatization of the 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition's battle for survival, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA award and an Emmy.[34] In 1998 he narrated the twenty-four episode documentary series Cold War.[35] Branagh also narrated the BBC
BBC
documentaries Walking with Dinosaurs, World War 1 in Colour, Walking with Beasts
Walking with Beasts
and Walking with Monsters, and the BBC
BBC
miniseries Great Composers. Branagh is the star of the English-language Wallander television series, adaptations of Henning Mankell's best-selling Wallander crime novels. Branagh plays the eponymous Inspector Kurt Wallander
Kurt Wallander
and also serves as the executive producer of the series. The first series of three episodes were broadcast on BBC
BBC
One in November and December 2008.[36] Branagh won the award for best actor at the 35th Broadcasting Press Guild Television and Radio Awards (2009). It was his first major television award win in the UK.[37] He received his first BAFTA TV on 26 April 2009 for the British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series.[38] For his performance in the episode One Step Behind, he was nominated in the Outstanding Actor, Miniseries or Movie category of the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards.[39] The role also gained him a nomination for Best Actor
Actor
at the 2009 Crime Thriller Awards.[40] The second Wallander series of three episodes aired initially in January 2010 on the BBC, and the third season aired in July 2012.[41] The fourth and final series was shot from October 2014 to January 2015 and premiered on German TV, dubbed into German, in December 2015; it aired in the UK, with its original English soundtrack, in May and June 2016. Radio[edit] Branagh has also played the title role in BBC
BBC
radio broadcasts of Hamlet
Hamlet
and Cyrano de Bergerac, and the role of Edmund in King Lear.[42] Other work[edit] Branagh has narrated several audiobooks, such as The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis.[43]

Branagh in July 2009 at the Roma Fiction Fest, where he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award

Branagh participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony portraying Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
during the Industrial Revolution segment, “pandemonium” giving the speech from The Tempest originally read by the character Caliban.[44][45] Personal life[edit] From 1989 to 1995, Branagh was married to actress Emma Thompson. They appeared together in Fortunes of War, Look Back in Anger, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Dead Again, and Peter's Friends. More recently, they both appeared in The Boat That Rocked, though with no shared scenes. During their marriage, and while directing and co-starring with Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter
in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, he began an affair with Bonham Carter. After Thompson divorced him, he and Bonham Carter were in a well-publicised relationship for several years. In 2003, he married film art director Lindsay Brunnock,[46] whom he met during the shooting of Shackleton.[47] He is a fan of English football club Tottenham Hotspur, Northern Irish football club Linfield and Scottish football club Rangers.[48][49] Honours[edit] Branagh has been nominated for five Academy Awards, the first man to be nominated for five different categories. His first two nominations were for Henry V (one each for directing and acting). He also received similar BAFTA Award
BAFTA Award
nominations for his film work, winning one for his direction. His first BAFTA TV award came in April 2009, for Best Drama Series (Wallander). Branagh's two other Academy Award
Academy Award
nominations were for the 1992 film short subject Swan Song and for his work on the screenplay of Hamlet
Hamlet
in 1996. His most recent is for his portrayal of Lord Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
in My Week With Marilyn. He is Honorary President of NICVA (the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Council for Voluntary Action). He received an honorary Doctorate in Literature from Queen's University of Belfast
Belfast
in 1990. He is also a patron for the charity Over The Wall.[50] Branagh was the youngest actor to receive the Golden Quill (also known as the Gielgud Award) in 2000. In 2001 he was appointed an honorary Doctor of Literature at the Shakespeare Institute
Shakespeare Institute
of The University of Birmingham; the Shakespeare Institute
Shakespeare Institute
Library keeps the archive of his Renaissance Theatre Company and Renaissance Films. Alongside Roberto Benigni, he is one of only two non-American actors to be nominated for Oscars for acting, writing, and directing, and one of eight actors to have achieved this honour. The other six are Orson Welles, Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, George Clooney, John Huston
John Huston
and John Cassavetes. On 10 July 2009, Branagh was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the RomaFictionFest.[51] He was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to drama and to the community in Northern Ireland.[2][52] He received the accolade at Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
on 9 November 2012; afterwards, Branagh told a BBC
BBC
reporter that he was "humble, elated, and incredibly lucky" to be knighted.[2] In October 2015, it was announced that Branagh would be the new President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
(RADA), succeeding the late Lord Attenborough.[53] As the President of RADA
RADA
and one of the highest profile actors and filmmakers in contemporary British popular culture, Branagh appeared on Debrett's
Debrett's
2017 list of the most influential people in the UK.[54] In October 2017, it was announced that Branagh would be conferred with the Freedom of the City of Belfast.[55] The honour was officially conferred on him by the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nuala McAllister, at a ceremony in the Ulster Hall, Belfast, on 30 January 2018.[3] Filmography[edit] Main article: Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
filmography Awards and nominations[edit] Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Kenneth Branagh Collaborations[edit] Branagh has frequently collaborated with certain actors on multiple films, most notably Brian Blessed, Patrick Doyle, Derek Jacobi, Jimmy Yuill, Emma Thompson, and the late Richard Briers.

Actor Henry V (1989) Dead Again
Dead Again
(1991) Swan Song (1992) Peter's Friends
Peter's Friends
(1992) Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing
(1993) Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) In the Bleak Midwinter (1995) Hamlet
Hamlet
(1996) Love's Labour's Lost (2000) Listening (2003) The Magic Flute
The Magic Flute
(2006) As You Like It
As You Like It
(2006) Sleuth (2007) Thor (2011) Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) Cinderella (2015) Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Nonso Anozie

Y Y

Brian Blessed Y

Y

Y

Y

Richard Briers Y

Y

Y Y Y Y Y

Y

Helena Bonham Carter

Y

Y

Judi Dench Y

Y

Y

Patrick Doyle1 Y Y

Y Y Y Y Y

Y Y Y Y Y Y

Richard Easton Y Y

Nicholas Farrell

Y Y

John Gielgud

Y

Y

Gerard Horan

Y Y Y

Y

Y Y

Ian Holm Y

Y

Derek Jacobi Y Y

Y

Y Y

Michael Maloney Y

Y Y

John Sessions Y

Y

Stellan Skarsgård

Y

Y

Timothy Spall

Y Y

Imelda Staunton

Y Y

Emma Thompson Y Y

Y Y

Robin Williams

Y

Y

Jimmy Yuill2 Y

Y Y

Y Y

Y Y

1Although Doyle has composed music for many of Branagh's films, he is listed in the above table for his appearances as an actor. 2Although Yuill has also composed music for multiple Branagh films, he is listed in the above table for his appearances as an actor. Discography[edit]

Shakespeare's Richard III (complete) for Naxos Audiobooks In the Ravine & Other Short Stories by Anton Chekhov
Anton Chekhov
(unabridged) for Naxos Audiobooks Felix Mendelssohn's incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream (speaker) live recording for Sony Classical, conducted by Claudio Abbado The Diary of Samuel Pepys
Samuel Pepys
1660–1669 (abridged) for Hodder Headline Audio Classics The Magician's Nephew
The Magician's Nephew
by C.S. Lewis for Harper Books Shakespeare's "Sonnet 30" for the 2002 compilation album, When Love Speaks (EMI Classics) Mary Shelley's Frankenstein [Abridged] Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness
Heart of Darkness
for Audible.com.

See also[edit]

Breathnach

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Further reading[edit]

Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(1990 [1989]) Beginning, London: Chatto and Windus, ISBN 0-7011-3388-0; New York: W. W. Norton & Co, ISBN 0-393-02862-3. Ian Shuttleworth (1994) Ken & Em, London: Headline. ISBN 0-7472-4718-8. Mark White (2005) Kenneth Branagh, London: Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-22068-1. Theatre Record and its annual Indexes

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Films directed by Kenneth Branagh

Henry V (1989) Dead Again
Dead Again
(1991) Swan Song (1992) Peter's Friends
Peter's Friends
(1992) Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing
(1993) Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) In the Bleak Midwinter (1995) Hamlet
Hamlet
(1996) Love's Labour's Lost (2000) Listening (2003) As You Like It
As You Like It
(2006) The Magic Flute
The Magic Flute
(2006) Sleuth (2007) Thor (2011) Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) Cinderella (2015) Murder on the Orient Express (2017) Artemis Fowl (2019)

Awards for Kenneth Branagh

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BAFTA Award
BAFTA Award
for Best Direction

Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1968) John Schlesinger
John Schlesinger
(1969) George Roy Hill (1970) John Schlesinger
John Schlesinger
(1971) Bob Fosse
Bob Fosse
(1972) François Truffaut
François Truffaut
(1973) Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
(1974) Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick
(1975) Miloš Forman
Miloš Forman
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1977) Alan Parker
Alan Parker
(1978) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
(1979) Akira Kurosawa
Akira Kurosawa
(1980) Louis Malle
Louis Malle
(1981) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
(1982) Bill Forsyth
Bill Forsyth
(1983) Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders
(1984) no award (1985) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1986) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1987) Louis Malle
Louis Malle
(1988) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(1989) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1990) Alan Parker
Alan Parker
(1991) Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(1992) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1993) Mike Newell (1994) Michael Radford
Michael Radford
(1995) Joel Coen (1996) Baz Luhrmann
Baz Luhrmann
(1997) Peter Weir
Peter Weir
(1998) Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
(1999) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2000) Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2001) Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
(2002) Peter Weir
Peter Weir
(2003) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(2004) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2005) Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass
(2006) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007) Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle
(2008) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(2009) David Fincher
David Fincher
(2010) Michel Hazanavicius
Michel Hazanavicius
(2011) Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
(2012) Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuarón
(2013) Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater
(2014) Alejandro G. Iñárritu (2015) Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle
(2016) Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
(2017)

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Britannia Awards

Excellence in Film

Albert R. Broccoli
Albert R. Broccoli
(1989) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1990) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1992) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1993) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1995) Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
(1996) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1997) John Travolta
John Travolta
(1998) Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick
(1999) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(2000) George Lucas
George Lucas
(2002) Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
(2003) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(2004) Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
(2005) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(2006) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2007) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2008) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(2009) Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
(2010) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(2011) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2012) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2013) Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.
(2014) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2015) Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
(2016) Matt Damon
Matt Damon
(2017)

Excellence in Directing

Peter Weir
Peter Weir
(2003) Jim Sheridan (2004) Mike Newell (2005) Anthony Minghella
Anthony Minghella
(2006) Martin Campbell
Martin Campbell
(2007) Stephen Frears
Stephen Frears
(2008) Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle
(2009) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2010) David Yates
David Yates
(2011) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2012) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(2013) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(2014) Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes
(2015) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2016) Ava DuVernay
Ava DuVernay
(2017)

Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment

Howard Stringer
Howard Stringer
(2003) Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
(2009) Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott
& Tony Scott
Tony Scott
(2010) John Lasseter
John Lasseter
(2011) Will Wright (2012) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(2013) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(2014) Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
(2015) Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
(2016) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2017)

British Artist of the Year

Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz
(2006) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2007) Tilda Swinton
Tilda Swinton
(2008) Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt
(2009) Michael Sheen
Michael Sheen
(2010) Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter
(2011) Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig
(2012) Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
(2013) Emma Watson
Emma Watson
(2014) James Corden
James Corden
(2015) Felicity Jones
Felicity Jones
(2016) Claire Foy (2017)

Excellence in Comedy

Betty White
Betty White
(2010) Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller
(2011) Trey Parker
Trey Parker
and Matt Stone
Matt Stone
(2012) Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen
(2013) Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
(2014) Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer
(2015) Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais
(2016) Aziz Ansari
Aziz Ansari
(2017)

Excellence in Television

Aaron Spelling
Aaron Spelling
(1999) HBO
HBO
Original Programming (2002) Dick Van Dyke
Dick Van Dyke
(2017)

Humanitarian Award

Richard Curtis
Richard Curtis
(2007) Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle
(2008) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2009) Idris Elba
Idris Elba
(2013) Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo
(2014) Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom
(2015) Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor
(2016)

Retired Awards

BBC
BBC
(1999) Tarsem Singh
Tarsem Singh
(1999) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(2003) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2004) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
(2005) Ronald Neame
Ronald Neame
(2005) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(2006) Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne (2007)

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BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor

Paul Rogers (1955) Peter Cushing
Peter Cushing
(1956) Michael Gough (1957) Michael Hordern
Michael Hordern
(1958) Donald Pleasence
Donald Pleasence
(1959) Patrick McGoohan
Patrick McGoohan
(1960) Lee Montague (1961) Rupert Davies
Rupert Davies
(1962) Harry H. Corbett
Harry H. Corbett
(1963) Alan Badel
Alan Badel
(1964) Patrick Wymark
Patrick Wymark
(1965) Alan Badel
Alan Badel
(1966) Warren Mitchell
Warren Mitchell
(1967) Eric Porter (1968) Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
(1969) Edward Woodward
Edward Woodward
(1970) Keith Michell
Keith Michell
(1971) John Le Mesurier
John Le Mesurier
(1972) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1973) Frank Finlay
Frank Finlay
(1974) Peter Barkworth (1975) John Hurt
John Hurt
(1976) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1977) Peter Barkworth (1978) Edward Fox (1979) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1980) Denholm Elliott
Denholm Elliott
(1981) Anthony Andrews
Anthony Andrews
(1982) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1983) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1984) Tim Pigott-Smith
Tim Pigott-Smith
(1985) Bob Peck (1986) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(1987) David Jason (1988) Ray McAnally (1989) John Thaw
John Thaw
(1990) Ian Richardson
Ian Richardson
(1991) Robert Lindsay (1992) John Thaw
John Thaw
(1993) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1994) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1995) Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
(1996) Nigel Hawthorne (1997) Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(1998) Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1999) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2000) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2001) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(2002) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2003) Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
(2004) Rhys Ifans
Rhys Ifans
(2005) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2006) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2007) Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield
(2008) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(2009) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2010) Daniel Rigby (2011) Dominic West
Dominic West
(2012) Ben Whishaw
Ben Whishaw
(2013) Sean Harris (2014) Jason Watkins (2015) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2016) Adeel Akhtar (2017)

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International Emmy for Best Performance by an Actor

Thierry Frémont
Thierry Frémont
(2005) Ray Winstone
Ray Winstone
(2006) Pierre Bokma
Pierre Bokma
/ Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2007) David Suchet
David Suchet
(2008) Ben Whishaw
Ben Whishaw
(2009) Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
(2010) Christopher Eccleston
Christopher Eccleston
(2011) Darío Grandinetti
Darío Grandinetti
(2012) Sean Bean
Sean Bean
(2013) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(2014) Maarten Heijmans
Maarten Heijmans
(2015) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(2016) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2017)

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Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actor
Actor
in a Limited Series or Movie

Robert Cummings
Robert Cummings
(1955) Lloyd Nolan
Lloyd Nolan
(1956) Jack Palance
Jack Palance
(1957) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1958) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1959) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1960) Maurice Evans (1961) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1962) Trevor Howard
Trevor Howard
(1963) Jack Klugman
Jack Klugman
(1964) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1965) Cliff Robertson
Cliff Robertson
(1966) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1967) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1968) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1969) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1970) George C. Scott
George C. Scott
(1971) Keith Michell
Keith Michell
(1972) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1973) Anthony Murphy (1973) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1974) William Holden
William Holden
(1974) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1975) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1975) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1976) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1976) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
(1977) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1977) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1978) Michael Moriarty (1978) Peter Strauss (1979) Powers Boothe
Powers Boothe
(1980) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1981) Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
(1982) Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
(1983) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1984) Richard Crenna
Richard Crenna
(1985) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1986) James Woods
James Woods
(1987) Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1988) James Woods
James Woods
(1989) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1990) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1991) Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges
(1992) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1993) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1994) Raúl Juliá
Raúl Juliá
(1995) Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
(1996) Armand Assante
Armand Assante
(1997) Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(1998) Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci
(1999) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(2000) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2001) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2002) William H. Macy
William H. Macy
(2003) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2004) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2005) Andre Braugher
Andre Braugher
(2006) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(2007) Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
(2008) Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson
(2009) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2010) Barry Pepper
Barry Pepper
(2011) Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
(2012) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2013) Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
(2014) Richard Jenkins
Richard Jenkins
(2015) Courtney B. Vance
Courtney B. Vance
(2016) Riz Ahmed
Riz Ahmed
(2017)

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European Film Award for Best Actor

Max von Sydow
Max von Sydow
(1988) Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret
(1989) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(1990) Michel Bouquet
Michel Bouquet
(1991) Matti Pellonpää
Matti Pellonpää
(1992) Daniel Auteuil
Daniel Auteuil
(1993) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1996) Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
(1997) Roberto Benigni
Roberto Benigni
(1998) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(1999) Sergi López (2000) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley
(2001) Sergio Castellitto
Sergio Castellitto
(2002) Daniel Brühl
Daniel Brühl
(2003) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem
(2004) Daniel Auteuil
Daniel Auteuil
(2005) Ulrich Mühe
Ulrich Mühe
(2006) Sasson Gabai
Sasson Gabai
(2007) Toni Servillo
Toni Servillo
(2008) Tahar Rahim
Tahar Rahim
(2009) Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor
(2010) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2011) Jean-Louis Trintignant
Jean-Louis Trintignant
(2012) Toni Servillo
Toni Servillo
(2013) Timothy Spall
Timothy Spall
(2014) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(2015) Peter Simonischek
Peter Simonischek
(2016) Claes Bang
Claes Bang
(2017)

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Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
Award for Best Newcomer in a Play

Edward Duke (1980) Alice Krige
Alice Krige
(1981) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(1982) John Retallack (1983) Tim Flavin (1984) Cheek by Jowl Company (1985) Sally Dexter (1986) Suzan Sylvester (1987) Richard Jones (1988) Jeremy Northam
Jeremy Northam
(1990) Debbie Tucker Green (2004) Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston
(2008)

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London
London
Film Critics' Circle Award for Supporting Actor
Actor
of the Year

Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2011) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(2012) Barkhad Abdi
Barkhad Abdi
(2013) J. K. Simmons
J. K. Simmons
(2014) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2015) Mahershala Ali
Mahershala Ali
/ Tom Bennett (2016) Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
(2017)

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London
London
Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actor
Actor
of the Year

Rupert Everett
Rupert Everett
(1997) Nigel Hawthorne (1998) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1999) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2000) Paul Bettany
Paul Bettany
(2001) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2002) Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
(2003) Phil Davis (2004) Tom Hollander
Tom Hollander
(2005) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(2006) Tom Wilkinson
Tom Wilkinson
(2007) Eddie Marsan
Eddie Marsan
(2008) Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender
(2009) Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield
(2010)

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Society of London
London
Theatre Special
Special
Award

Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1979) Ralph Richardson
Ralph Richardson
(1980) Charles Wintour (1982) Joan Littlewood
Joan Littlewood
(1983) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1985) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1988) Peggy Ashcroft
Peggy Ashcroft
(1991) Ninette de Valois
Ninette de Valois
(1992) Kenneth MacMillan (1993) Sam Wanamaker
Sam Wanamaker
(1994) Harold Pinter
Harold Pinter
(1996) Margaret Harris (1997) Ed Mirvish
Ed Mirvish
/ David Mirvish (1998) Peter Hall (1999) Rupert Rhymes (2002) Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes
(2003) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(2004) Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett
(2005) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(2006) John Tomlinson (2007) Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
(2008) Alan Ayckbourn
Alan Ayckbourn
(2009) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2010) Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(2011) Monica Mason
Monica Mason
/ Tim Rice
Tim Rice
(2012) Michael Frayn / Gillian Lynne
Gillian Lynne
(2013) Nicholas Hytner & Nick Starr / Michael White (2014) Sylvie Guillem
Sylvie Guillem
/ Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(2015) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2017)

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