Pick of the Past: A Young Sir Kenneth Branagh Joins Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
The former Meadway School pupil joined in 1979
Sir Kenneth Branagh is one of Reading’s greatest sons, and here he is as a fresh-faced teenager off to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Sir Kenneth, a former pupil of the Meadway School in Tilehurst, is famous for his work in a number of big-screen Shakespeare adaptations and would’ve learned all the skills needed at the prestigious drama school.
After getting early experience in school productions of Toad of Toad Hall and Oh, What a Lovely War!, he went on to star in famous films such as Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet.
He has also received numerous Academy, Golden Globes and BAFTA awards and directed a series of his own productions.
He was knighted in 2012 for services to drama and to the community in his homeland of Northern Ireland. We’d love to hear from anyone who went to school with Sir Kenneth.