Kenneth Branagh

Female Director Turned Down For Drama Job Because ‘A Male Was Better’

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK

A female director has revealed she was rejected for a drama job by festival organisers who told her “a male would be better.” Femi Fagunwa had app...

I Watched Romeo and Juliet for the First Time and It Was a Fascinating Experience

Jessie Thompson | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jessie Thompson

I'm sometimes a bit behind when it comes to the cultural scene. I've still never seen Game of Thrones and it took me ages to listen to Beyonce's new album. And I am genuinely about 400 years late to the party when it comes to Romeo and Juliet, which is apparently quite a famous play. It was such a relief that I was able to rectify this philistine-y oversight thanks to dreamboat theatre overlord Sir Kenneth Branagh...

REVIEW: 'Wallander' Proved Stillness Was Golden

The Huffington Post | Caroline Frost | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Entertainment

'Wallander' returned last night, with Kenneth Branagh proving that stillness can still make wonderful TV. It was a welcome return for the Swedish det...

Hello Sweet Art: Kenneth Branagh's Big Night Out

Jessie Thompson | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jessie Thompson

Kenneth Branagh is actually on ketamine in this play. I mean not actually, he's doing acting, but one of the characters has cruelly injected his character's bum with horse tranquiliser and it's safe to say he struggles. His trousers fall down a lot. He does funny voices. And he does lots of cuddling on the bed with Rob Brydon. And it's hilarious.

Harry Styles Bags Impressive Film Role For Acting Debut

The Huffington Post | Daniel Welsh | Posted 12.03.2016 | UK Entertainment

Harry Styles is about to take a leap into the world of acting in a big way. And while most pop singers who pursue the big screen like to ease themselv...

Hello Sweet Art: Time Will Say I Told You So

Jessie Thompson | Posted 12.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jessie Thompson

I could write a whole dissertation on how Deborah Pearson's writing rattles me more than Beckett but I think it would go on forever. (A BIT LIKE A BECKETT PLAY LOL.) All I can do is grasp you by the wrists and stare into your eyes in a way that makes you slightly uncomfortable and tell you that if the opportunity presents itself to see Pearson's work you must go immediately.

Kenneth Branagh Announces Star-Studded West End Run

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Entertainment

Sir Kenneth Branagh is to make his dramatic return to London’s West End, with a year-long residency planned at the Garrick theatre for his new theat...

How Lily James Became Disney's Hottest New Star...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Entertainment

Lily James is the latest British star to make the leap from small screen, where she's helped light up the recent series of 'Downton Abbey', to box off...

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Chris Pine ticks all the boxes as the fourth big screen incarnation of Tom Clancy's CIA analyst. Kevin Costner is excellent as his mentor; Keira Knightley gives a good American accent, and director Kenneth Branagh is solid as the villain.

Caroline Frost

REVIEW: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit ***

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Entertainment

After the success of Bond and Bourne, plus all the superhero reboots, it was only a matter of time before forehead-scratching Hollywood execs looked a...

Caroline Frost

INTERVIEW: KB On The 'Little Treat' Of Playing KGB...

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment

Kenneth Branagh reveals that playing the Russian villain in the new ‘Jack Ryan’ film was “a little treat”. Sir Ken directs the big-budget ...

UK EXCLUSIVE: Isn't That... Kevin Costner?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment

The 'Jack Ryan' franchise has been given a heavyweight reboot with Chris Pine taking over the lead role of CIA agent from Harrison Ford and Co, Kennet...

These Resolutions Will Change Your Life in 2014

Sophie Alderson | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Sophie Alderson

With the excesses of Christmas behind you, it's time to make some changes for the better...

Emma Thompson Breaks Silence On Affair That Ended 'Ken And Em'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment

Emma Thompson has broken her silence on her ex-husband Kenneth Branagh's affair with Helena Bonham Carter, calling it "blood under the bridge". Th...

David Tennant Brings The Bard To A Screen Near You

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Entertainment

David Tennant's face will be beamed into schools across the UK later in the year, when the Royal Shakespeare Company streams its production of Richard...

Tom Hiddleston On Thor 3? 'You Never Count Your Chickens'

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 29.11.2012 | UK Entertainment

Tom Hiddleston admits that he had no idea how successful the record-breaking 'Avengers' would be on screen, despite having one of the starring roles a...

Caroline Frost

TV REVIEW: Wallander - How Long Can Kurt's Smile Last?

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 22.09.2012 | UK Entertainment

The beautifully photographed swans sweeping low over the lake at the beginning of this final episode proved a suitable metaphor for the 90 minutes tha...

Caroline Frost

TV REVIEW: Two Things Unspoken In Wallander...

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 15.07.2012 | UK Entertainment

If our eyes had started to adjust to the Swedish light, the foreign landscape beginning to look a little less exotic, Wallander’s writers were ready...

Branagh's Wallander: Not a Patch on the Original

Matt Carr | Posted 07.09.2012 | UK Entertainment
Matt Carr

I'm a big fan of Henning Menkel's Wallander novels and the Swedish television series that came out of them, and it's only because I still pine for the latter that I watched Kenneth Branagh's English version last night.

Caroline Frost

TV REVIEW: Wallander - Kenneth Branagh Gets Back Into Comfy, Swedish Slippers

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 09.07.2012 | UK Entertainment

Poor Kurt Wallander. Last time we saw him, the lugubrious Swede was desperate for a quiet life, wanting nothing more than to leave his work life in th...

Is The Empire Relevant Any More?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.06.2012 | UK

As the Queen's Birthday Honours List is set to be revealed, it's that time of year to dust down the history books and the well-worn arguments as to wh...

Arise Sir Kenneth!

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.06.2012 | UK Entertainment

Kenneth Branagh is set to be knighted after being honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. The Belfast-born star, 51, is set to join the ran...

PHOTOS: Street Sweepers To Stars Awarded In Queen's Birthday Honour's List

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.06.2012 | UK

Each year, the Queen honours the best and brightest from all walks of life in her birthday honours list, usually headlined by a mix of celebrities, ph...

Branagh Is Oscar Record-Breaker

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 26.03.2012 | UK Entertainment

We knew Kenneth Branagh had a few arrows in his bow, but his Oscar nomination yesterday as Best Supporting Actor means he's earned a place in the reco...

Oldman 'Humbled' By Oscar Nod

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 24.01.2012 | UK Entertainment

Gary Oldman and Kenneth Branagh lead the British charge at this year's Oscars. Oldman has been nominated for his role of the poker-faced George Smi...