Kenneth Branagh Looks Sharp As He Cosies Up to Wife Lindsay Brunnock at the London Premiere of 'Cinderella'

Daily Mail, 19 March 2015
By Becky Freeth
* Thanks, Jane

He's gone from Shakespeare to Disney with his latest directorial cut.

But already Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella is reaping the rewards with $70m on its opening weekend and wife Lindsay Brunnock couldn't have looked more proud when it premiered in London.

Lindsay, cute in a black embroidered dress, accompanied her man down the blue carpet on Thursday night while he looked sharp in a black suit.

At 54, Kenneth has made six Shakespeare plays into films and now oversees the latest reimagining of 'Cinderella', with Lily James and Richard Madden starring.

His stars were quick to cosy up to Kenneth on the red carpet as the trio were the picture of Hollywood glamour. Kenneth even sported a glamorous tan next to porcelain beauty Lily, who looked exquisite in a silver floor-skimmer. She was clearly very fond of the Irish actor and leant her head on his shoulder in playful fashion as they enjoyed cast pictures before the screening.

Kenneth only appeared to have eyes for his pretty wife nonetheless and dutifully held her hand in front of the cameras. Lindsay, an art director, is Kenneth's second wife who keeps a fiercely private relationship with after the break down of six-year marriage to Emma Thompson in 1996.

He also spent five years with Helena Bonham Carter, who stars in Cinderella as the Fairy Godmother. Helena has recently split with her long-term partner Tim Burton, with whom she has two children.

Kenneth and his wife Lindsay married secretly in 2003 after two years together and still look utterly besotted.

His most recent project has had critical acclaim, despite some critics being more concerned with the circumference of Lily James' waist.

Asked if he found Disney or Shakespeare a more challenging prospect to reinvent, Kenneth recently said: 'I'd say it's equally intimidating. The ferocity of passion that is engendered by people when they don't like what you've done is really tremendous. It's intense.

'But my feeling is always that the original work is there, at the end of it, or whatever people might deem as the traditional way of doing things.

He went on to tell entertainment website Collider: 'The thing to bear in mind, when you're actually making it, is that you can't set out to make a classic. If it turns out to be regarded in that way, great. You're just trying to find this moment to tell this story, at this time.'

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