Sir Kenneth Branagh to Receive Top Honor in London!

Sir Kenneth Branagh (Professor Gilderoy Lockhart) is set to start 2016 on a very positive note. It was announced today that Branagh will be honored January 17 at the London Film Critics’ Circle Awards with the Dilys Powell Award.

The Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film started in 1991 and was named after one of the UK’s most iconic film authors and critics. Previous winners include Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), and most recently, Miranda Richardson (Rita Skeeter).

In addition to recognizing Branagh’s career in film as an actor, writer, and director, the London Film Critics’ Circle will also announce their selections for outstanding achievements in film for 2015.

Branagh had this to say about being selected for the honor:

As a young filmmaker, I had the privilege of meeting Dilys Powell. She was passionate, rigorous, humane. Her criticism was illuminating, thoughtful and bracing. This recognition in her name is a great honour to me personally and very meaningful. My sincere thanks to the Critics’ Circle.

Congratulations, Sir Kenneth!

Help us celebrate this wonderful achievement by tweeting your congratulations with hashtag #KennethBranagh, and don’t forget to name your favorite project he has starred in or directed.