Tuesday 21 January 2020

Branagh's awards rush for Wallander

Kenneth Branagh heaped praise on the British Independent Film Awards
Kenneth Branagh heaped praise on the British Independent Film Awards

Kenneth Branagh had to dash after collecting his honour at the British Independent Film Awards to catch a plane to Sweden.

The 50-year-old actor and director said it was "thrilling" to receive the Variety Award at Old Billingsgate in central London on Sunday night. But had to leave almost immediately so he could fly to Sweden to continue filming the third series of Wallander.

Branagh said: "I'm being attacked by a dog tomorrow morning."

Kenneth said: "It is very exciting and thrilling. It is very nice to have a prize that has the words 'variety' and 'independence' attached to it because it is what I like to pursue in my work."

Looking back over his film career he revealed he remembered fondly his "Harry Potter experience", after playing Professor Gilderoy Lockhart in the franchise.

He added: "I've just done a film, My Week With Marilyn, with Emma Watson, who was this size when I first worked with her, and to see her maturing, and Dan [Daniel Radcliffe] and everyone, that's exacting. Lovely to be part of that because it's such a big bit of the British film industry."

Harry Potter star Ralph Fiennes was also honoured for his outstanding contribution to British film with the Richard Harris award, named after the legendary actor and hellraiser.

Michael Fassbender won the Best Actor award for his role in Steve McQueen's Shame, co-starring Carey Mulligan.

Paddy Considine's Tyrannosaur was the big winner of the night, scooping Best Film, Best Debut Director and Best Actress for its star, Peep Show's Olivia Colman.

Paddy said: "It's just been a really overwhelming night. I just wasn't expecting it. To get the best film, that's the real shocker for me."

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