Kenneth Branagh

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Kenneth Charles Branagh (pronounced /ˈbrænə/; born 10 December 1960) is a Northern Irish actor and film director. He is known for directing and starring in several film adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays.

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Early life

Branagh, the middle of three children, was born and brought up 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.[1][2] He was educated at Grove Primary School.[3] At the age of nine, he relocated with his family to Reading, Berkshire to escape "the Troubles".[4][5] He attended Whiteknights Primary School, then Meadway School, Tilehurst,[6][7] where he appeared in school productions such as Toad of Toad Hall"[8] and Oh, What a Lovely War!.[9] At school, he affected an English accent to avoid bullying. On his identity today he has said, "I feel Irish. I don't think you can take Belfast out of the boy," and he attributes his "love of words" to his Irish heritage.[10]

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