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The return of Kenneth Branagh

By Stephen Brown   July 2003

BACK ON THE BRITISH STAGE

This year’s Baftas put the seal on the revival of Kenneth Branagh’s fortunes, writes Stephen Brown. He was nominated for two out of the four actor awards-for his portrayal of Himmler’s deputy Reinhard Heydrich in Conspiracy and for the title role in Shackleton. And, after a decade’s absence from the British stage, his Richard III at the Sheffield Crucible was also generally well-reviewed.

For those fascinated by hubris, Branagh’s career had begun to seem exemplary. After a famously precocious start on television (notably Fortunes of War, in 1987), at the RSC and with his own…

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