Kenneth Branagh ‘elated’ by knighthood

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KENNETH Branagh has spoke of his delight at being knighted by Her Majesty the Queen.

The famous actor and director was given the honour on Friday for his services to drama as well as those to the community in Northern Ireland.

The versatile actor has played roles from Shakespeare to television detective Wallander, and most recently played Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the Olympics opening show, which was directed by Danny Boyle.

The 51-year-old Belfast boy said he felt “humble, elated and incredibly lucky”.

“I’m so very pleased this has happened in the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and the Paralympics,” he added.

“It’s been a hell of a year for the UK and I feel very honoured to be a tiny part of this part of it.”

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