Sir Kenneth Branagh In Line For Freedom of the City of Belfast
The BAFTA Winner and Famed Thespian Is a Tiger's Bay Boy
Belfast Live, 22 September 2017
World famous Belfast man Sir Kenneth Branagh could soon be adding a Freedom of the City award to a cabinet of accolades gathered throughout a glittering career as an actor and director.
Belfast City Council 's policy and resources committee has been advised to give the former Tiger's Bay boy the award at a special meeting tonight (Friday, September 22).
Former Lord Mayor Brian Kingston put Branagh forward in April 2017 to recognise his outstanding achievements and international status.
Branagh moved to England with his parents at nine, to escape the Troubles.
The 56-year-old actor and director studied drama at RADA and went on to become the youngest actor in the Royal Shakespeare Company to ever play the lead in Henry V, at just 23.
He went on to form his own company the Renaissance Theatre Company, which now counts Prince Charles as one of its royal patrons.
Then at 29 he directed Henry V as a movie - winning Best Actor and Best Director nominations at the Oscars.
The movie star also has a list of titles under his belt like 'Mary Shelley's Frankenstein', 'Wild Wild West', 'Valkyrie' and 'My Week with Marilyn', in which he portrayed Laurence Olivier.
He has worked alongside stars like Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington and Keanu Reeves and has done much to bring the works of Shakespeare to the big screen.
More recently he has played troubled detective Wallander in a BBC series, and as every star worth their salt, clinched a role in the Harry Potter Franchise.
The life-long Thor fan brought his hero to the big screen in 2011, before getting behind the camera again for 'Cinderella' in 2015.
Both went down well with watchers.