Kenneth Branagh Jack Ryan PictureSir Kenneth Branagh has led a fascinating career. Picking up five Oscar nominations along his travels, the British actor and director has notoriously brought the work of William Shakespeare to the big screen, while his recent endeavours have been somewhat different, as following on from Thor, he now steps into the Tom Clancy universe, with Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – where he not only directs, but stars as the leading antagonist.

We had the great pleasure to sit down with Branagh, to discuss how differently he approaches material, be it Shakespeare or Clancy, and we ask how he perfected his Russian accent, while he tells us a little about his forthcoming project, Cinderella.

(And yeah, yeah, I know, I said “Jack Reacher” in the opening question. This interview took place at 9am on a Monday morning, okay?)

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is out on January 24, and you can read our review here.