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Kenneth Branagh unrecognisable as Boris Johnson in TV series trailer

Belfast director Kenneth Branagh has showcased his full transformation as UK Prime Minister in the trailer for divisive new TV series This England. Previously called This Sceptred Isle, the drama series is said to focus on the UK Government response to the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as frontline workers, scientists trying to work on a vaccine, and broader aspects of Johnson’s leadership and personal life. The first-look trailer of the controversial new series shows Death on the Nile star Branagh’s uncanny impression of Johnson’s bumbling Etonian stutter, with the actor saying at one point in the trailer, “The single best thing we can all do is wash our hands.”

New Sky drama will see Kenneth Branagh play Boris Johnson

Kenneth Branagh has been transformed into Boris Johnson for Sky’s upcoming drama This England.The show is based on the beginning of the prime minister’s time in Downing Street and how his attempts to deal with the coronavirus pandemic unfolded.“The drama takes us inside the halls of power, as Johnson (Branagh) grapples with Covid-19, Brexit, and a personal and political life wracked by controversy,” Sky’s synopsis said.The series will also star Ophelia Lovibond as Carrie Johnson and Andrew Buchan as Matt Hancock.Click here to sign up to our newsletters. Read More Boris Johnson v Keir Starmer: Full PMQs exchange on cost of living crisisStarmer accuses Rees-Mogg of acting like ‘overgrown prefect’ with civil servantsAustralian PM Scott Morrison flattens schoolboy during football match in Tasmania

Kenneth Branagh wins his first Oscar for Belfast after eight career nominations

Thirty-two years after receiving his very first Academy Award nominations for 1989's Henry V, actor-director Kenneth Branagh has officially won his first Oscar. Branagh took home Best Original Screenplay for his latest film, Belfast, during the Oscars ceremony, which was telecast on ABC Sunday night. "This story is the search...

Kenneth Branagh Honors Those Facing “Violence and Loss” While Accepting First-Ever Oscar

Kenneth Branagh is finally an Academy Award winner, taking home the best original screenplay prize for Belfast at the 2022 Oscars on Sunday. Branagh had received eight nominations in his career heading into the ceremony, and his semiautobiographical film, which he also directed, earned seven nominations. His first career nominations came for best actor and best director for 1989’s Henry V.More from The Hollywood ReporterOscars: Red and Old-Hollywood Glamour Rule the Night Among Best-Dressed WomenBeyonce, Billie Eilish Among Original Song Nominees to Take the Oscars StageOscars: Stars Address "Divided Times," "Bigoted" Legislation During Acceptance Speeches “This story is the search for joy and...

Sir Kenneth Branagh hails ‘light and dark’ of Belfast childhood after Oscar win

Sir Kenneth Branagh said making Belfast allowed him to embrace “the light and the dark” of his working-class childhood after finally winning an Oscar following four decades in film.Over the years, the actor, writer and director, 61, notched up a record eight nominations spanning seven categories, but always came away empty-handed – until now.Belfast, which is set during the Troubles and written and directed by Sir Kenneth, is partly based on his own experiences as a boy and helped him to the prize for best original screenplay on Sunday night.Speaking in the press room after his win, he said: “I...

Sir Kenneth Branagh makes red carpet return at star-studded Oscar ceremony

Sir Kenneth Branagh has arrived at the Oscars after missing several award ceremonies earlier this week after testing positive for Covid-19.The stalwart of British film and theatre, whose film Belfast is in the running for a string of awards including best picture, best director and best original screenplay, said he was “delighted” to be nominated in a record-breaking seven categories at this year’s awards but “more delighted to be here”.Speaking to ABC’s On The Red Carpet that it was “beautiful to see a Belfast story speak to the world”.A surge in Covid cases has thrown the attendance of a number...

Sir Kenneth Branagh and Riz Ahmed lead British success at 2022 Oscars

Sir Kenneth Branagh and Riz Ahmed were the most high-profile winners at the 2022 Oscars, on a night that saw British talent miss out on the biggest awards but enjoy a strong showing in the technical categories.Sir Kenneth has notched up eight Oscar nominations over four decades of acting, writing and directing, spanning seven different award categories, itself a record, but until this year had always come away empty-handed.His win for best original screenplay, for the film Belfast, comes 40 years after he made his screen acting debut on BBC television in 1982.The Oscar for best short film went to...