Born and raised in Belfast, Kenneth Branagh's family moved to England when he was 9 to escape the violence of Northern Ireland. Branagh says as a boy he affected an English accent to ward off bullies. He later attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and drew notice in several television productions and stage plays, most notably in a 1984 Royal Shakespeare Company production of "Henry V," directed by Adrian Noble. Branagh is also co-founder of the Renaissance Theatre Company. His early TV credits include "Fortunes of War" and "Coming Through" (as D.H. Lawrence).
By CBSNews.com producer David Morgan
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