Kenneth Branagh, actor, writer, director and producer from Northern Ireland was born on December 10, 1960. He loved the theater since childhood and participated in many plays during his studies. When Branagh turned 23, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Society, where he took...Read more leading roles in the adaption of the novels such as Romeo & Juliet and Henry V. Afterwards he co-founded the Renaissance Theater Group with David Parfitt in 1987, during which he performed many successful theatrical performances. When Branagh turned to the cinema, he did not leave Shakespeare's world of drama, he wrote, acted and directed cinematic adaptions of five of his plays: Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, As You Like It and Love's Labour's Lost. Among his most important works outside the world of Shakespeare are Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, which he directed and co-starred with Robert De Niro and Helena Bonham Carter, Valkyrie with Tom Cruise and Harry potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He also played the character of the famous playwright, Laurence Olivier, in my Week with Marilyn. Branagh has been nominated for five Academy Awards in various categories; Best Actor in Henry V and My Week with Marilyn, Best Director for Henry V and Best Adapted Script for Hamlet.