“When I first met Ken, I was terribly impressed by this young man and how mature he was," recalls Doyle of their first encounters. "Initially I had been a little disgruntled, as I wasn’t particularly bowled over by a lot of theatre directors I’d met before, but this guy completely blew me away. I thought he was one of the most intelligent, concise and charismatic people I’d ever met. I was won over by him and he’d yet to hear even a note of my music!”—Patrick Doyle on Kenneth Branagh (x)
“”There’s another scene where he kidnapped me and he’s being pretty horrific. He’s screaming in my ear and threatening to kill me and all of a sudden he goes, ‘OK, and cut! And thank you so much, ladies and gentlemen.’ Suddenly he was this lovely Ken again. That’s mad!
”The major reason to do this was to work with him, so being in a scene like that where it’s just him and we’re around a dinner table - and he’s directing it as well - it’s just fascinating.””—Keira on working with Ken
“I remember appreciating the fact that he had taken the time out, even though it was pretty clear I wasn’t going to get the job, to sit there with an 11 year old and talk with her and treat her like a human being.”—Keira Knightley on auditioning for Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet (1995).