Born: December 10, 1960
Famous for: Wowing critics on both sides of the Atlantic with the calibre of his skills both in front of and behind the camera
It would be no exaggeration to describe Kenneth Branagh as one of the most important figures in British drama. Working with everyone from Will Smith to Woody Allen, he has appeared in some of the big screen's most memorable productions. Renowned for his versatility, he has turned in faultless performances in productions as diverse as Shackleton, Celebrity and Harry Potter. He is also renowned for his direction of Shakespearean pieces including Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet.