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    Actor and director Kenneth Branagh has been made a knight by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.


    Famous for roles from Shakespeare to detective Wallander, he was honoured for services to drama and the community of Northern Ireland.


    The 51-year-old, who was born in Belfast, said he felt "humble, elated and incredibly lucky".


    Branagh also had a starring role in this summer's Olympics Opening Ceremony.


    He played Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the show, which was directed by Danny Boyle.


    Speaking after his investiture, he said: "I'm so very pleased this has happened in the year of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and the Paralympics.


    "It's been a hell of a year for the UK and I feel very honoured to be a tiny part of this part of it."


    Now Sir Kenneth Branagh, he joins the ranks of fellow thespians such as Alec Guinness, Patrick Stewart and Laurence Olivier, who he played in last year's My Week With Marilyn.


    Branagh spent his early years in Northern Ireland, where he is now honorary President of NICVA supporting all the organisations in the voluntary and community sector.



    He moved to Reading with his family when he was nine, where he first adopted an English accent to avoid bullying.


    Celebrating the work he does in his homeland, he said: "It is special because it is to do with my roots in Northern Ireland and to do with a lot of work other people do and I'm happy to be associated with, lots of charitable institutions and real hard work on the part of a lot of people over there.


    "I'm pleased the link with Northern Ireland is recognised, I'm very proud of coming from there."


    The knighthood comes as press reports suggest Branagh will take on one of the great Shakespearian roles, playing Macbeth for the first time in his career at the Manchester International Festival next summer.
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    I like him. Great actor!

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    Who's that with him?
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    ^ I believe that's the current wife.

    He's so freaking hot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent View Post
    ^ I believe that's the current wife.

    He's so freaking hot.
    Hotter in person, and yes, I touched him (or should I say he touched me???? Lol).
    his hair seems dyed here though, he's really quite grey & a lot less red now.
    I thought his Missus is/was an Art Director?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novice View Post
    Hotter in person, and yes, I touched him (or should I say he touched me???? Lol).
    his hair seems dyed here though, he's really quite grey & a lot less red now.
    I thought his Missus is/was an Art Director?
    Loved him as that charlatan wizard in the Harry Potter movie. I forgot which one it was. He can do pretty much anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    Loved him as that charlatan wizard in the Harry Potter movie. I forgot which one it was. He can do pretty much anything.
    He was Gilderoy Lockhart in the second HP movie. I love those films.
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    He looks sexier with the grey hair, now.

    I was so relieved when someone here told me that he was not, in fact, a total jerk as I had heard. I've always been a big fan
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    It took them long enough! I assumed he'd already been knighted. He's very charming, and a wonderful director and actor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhateverLolaWants View Post
    He looks sexier with the grey hair, now.

    I was so relieved when someone here told me that he was not, in fact, a total jerk as I had heard. I've always been a big fan
    I wasn't until I met him & then I was bowled over. He was very gracious.
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    Gotta love how the Queen shakes a hand and simultaneously pushes somebody back, all in one smooth move. She's a pro.
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    He used to be married to Emma Thompson, wasn't he? Anybody remember why did they divorce?
    People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... time-y wimey... stuff.

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    I just started watching Wallander and love him. Must admit that is the only reason I know him. I love what his wife is wearing. Very figure flattering

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