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Kenneth Branagh and Ralph Fiennes to be honoured at British Independent Film Awards

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Story by Jack Foley

KENNETH Branagh and Ralph Fiennes will be honoured The Moët British Independent Film Awards taking place on Sunday, December 4, at Old Billingsgate in London.

Fiennes will receive the coveted Richard Harris Award and Branagh The Variety Award at the awards ceremony.

The Richard Harris Award was introduced in 2003 in honour of Richard Harris and recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.

Fiennes has recently made his film directing debut with an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus in which he also stars with Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler and Brian Cox.

His multi award-winning film career as an actor includes The Constant Gardner and Schindler’s List, as well as The English Patient, The Duchess, End Of The Affair and The Reader.

He is, of course, known to millions of younger film fans as evil Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series of films.

The Variety Award recognises an actor, director, writer or producer who has helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK.

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Kenneth Branagh is one of the world’s most consistently critically acclaimed actors whose work is trademarked by quality, truth and passion.

He returns to our cinema screens this year playing Sir Laurence Olivier in Simon Curtis’ My Week With Marilyn.

In 2010, he created a massive worldwide hit with Thor which he directed before returning to stage, screen and radio.

He has just completed a sell-out run in Belfast of a new comedy The Painkiller in which he co-starred with Rob Brydon; he starred in Radio 4’s epic adaptation of Vasily Grossman’s Life And Fate and he is currently filming the third series of the BBC’s hugely popular and BAFTA award-winning Wallander in which he plays Henning Mankell’s best-selling Swedish detective and which will be on our screens in 2012.

Both Ralph Fiennes and Kenneth Branagh will be present at Old Billingsgate on December 4 to receive their awards.

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