Kenneth Branagh holds back tears as she remembers her parents’ ‘sacrifice’ on Late Late Show

KENNETH Branagh couldn’t hold back her tears tonight when remembering her parents’ sacrifice on tonight’s Late Late Show.

The Northern Irish director recently released a new film called Belfast that depicts the difficult times in the city in the 1960s from a child’s perspective.

Kenneth couldn't hold back her tears tonight as she talked about her parents


Kenneth couldn’t hold back her tears tonight as she talked about her parents
The director recalls his childhood in Belfast


The director recalls his childhood in Belfast

Kenneth and his family left the North when he was just a child but he recalls the sense of security he felt at home in Belfast.

He said: “When I got there [to England] everything I wanted to do is gone. For me, the breakdown was almost complete.

“My mom has 11 siblings and my dad has five so we have a lot of cousins. We have a big family – it’s just that the family is practically a self-sustaining community.

“If you add that the community on the street we lived in was Catholic and Protestant in North Belfast at the time, it really advertised that it took a village to raise a child.

“I feel very supported. I really feel in Belfast I can’t get lost, I’m nine years old and I feel like I can’t get lost.

“The feeling of complete security. It’s total, it’s absolute.

“And when it left me, it left me the same way.

“So when we moved to the UK to be away from all those people and away from all the family support, being as lucky as we were to be safe, we lost all of that.

“And I think in doing so, you’ve lost a big part of your identity, your support system, and you’ve basically lost your way so I tried to disappear.”


The actor was also emotional when he thought about how much his parents missed home after leaving.

He said: “Apart from what an adult does to you, I would say I lost my sense of humour.

“The kind that cares too much about pleasing people, especially parents, I think the sacrifices are worth it.

“I think they left a bit of their heart and soul.. Something you’ve always been aware of.”


Fans back home were touched by Kenneth’s honesty.

Hilda said: “Kenneth Branagh talks lovingly and emotionally about his childhood in #Belfast. Really looking forward to seeing this… #LateLateShow.”

Sean added: “Kenneth Branagh comes across as a very charismatic, genuine, authentic man. #LateLateShow.”

Rachel wrote: “Kenneth Branagh gets emotional about her parents, amazing #LateLateShow interviewees.”

Simon said: “Kenneth Branagh is a hero among men. #LateLateShow #LateLate.”


This comes after Jamie Dornan said earlier today that rumors of an Oscar would nod for starring in Belfast “fill him with pride”.

As a city dweller, Jamie admits that he feels more pressured to be an actor playing Pa in the movie.

He said: “It’s funny. I feel really lucky to have played characters from Belfast so much in my career.

“I really want to – if I get the chance – to do it for the rest of my career but this is just one time to make a movie that literally takes the town you’re from.

“So it carries with it an additional meaning and for me personally that is of great importance. Kenneth Branagh holds back tears as she remembers her parents’ ‘sacrifice’ on Late Late Show

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