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Kenneth Branagh: ‘Belfast film has already punched so far above its weight’

Sir Kenneth Branagh speaks about his semi-autobiographical Belfast, growing up feeling lonely, and why the film strikes a chord for a wider audience

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Caitriona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Dame Judi Dench, Jude Hill and Lewis McAskie

Caitriona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Dame Judi Dench, Jude Hill and Lewis McAskie

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Lewis McAskie, Caitriona Balfe, Kenneth Branagh and Jamie Dornan with Jude Hill in front as they attend the Irish premiere of film Belfast

Lewis McAskie, Caitriona Balfe, Kenneth Branagh and Jamie Dornan with Jude Hill in front as they attend the Irish premiere of film Belfast

Kenneth Branagh with Lewis McAskie and Jude Hill on set of Belfast

Kenneth Branagh with Lewis McAskie and Jude Hill on set of Belfast

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Dame Judi Dench, Jude Hill and Ciaran Hinds

Dame Judi Dench, Jude Hill and Ciaran Hinds

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Billy (Kenneth Branagh and Norman (James Ellis) in the family home in Too Late to talk to Billy

Billy (Kenneth Branagh and Norman (James Ellis) in the family home in Too Late to talk to Billy

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Caitriona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Dame Judi Dench, Jude Hill and Lewis McAskie

Sir Kenneth Branagh’s name is so synonymous with showbiz that it is hard to imagine him working in any other field.

And yet, like many sons of Belfast tradesmen, he might have followed his father into joinery — had he been able to saw a piece of wood.


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