Watch Kenneth Branagh as Boris Johnson in New COVID-19 Drama


Kenneth Branagh is unrecognizable as he transforms into Boris Johnson for the new coronavirus drama “This Sceptred Isle.”

The 60-year-old actor will play the British Prime Minister in the new Sky Atlantic drama.

The five-part series will trace the events surrounding the Prime Minister, the government and the country in the face of the first wave of the global pandemic.

Kenneth’s casting as Bojo was first announced last month, and now the first image of him as the prime minister shows his total transformation into the 56-year-old politician.

Kenneth has swapped his carefully trimmed brown hair for Boris’s trademark wild blonde locks and the prosthetics appear to have been used to give Bojo more facial features.

The series will be directed by Michael Winterbottom, who will also co-write, while Tim Shipman, political editor of The Sunday Times, will act as a consultant. Winterbottom has co-written “This Sceptred Isle” with Kieron Quirke and will direct all five episodes.

Sir Kenneth Branagh seems unrecognizable in the first photo of him as Boris Johnson
Sir Kenneth Branagh, left, in the first photo of him as Boris Johnson in a new drama about the coronavirus.
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The five-part drama begins with Johnson’s appointment as prime minister, before recounting from the first cases of coronavirus in the UK, until Johnson fell ill with the virus and the arrival of his son.

“This Sceptred Isle” will continue to track the impact on Britain of this once-in-a-generation pandemic, and the response of scientists, nurses and doctors

It is based on first-hand testimony from people within 10 Downing Street, the Department of Health, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), and hospitals and nursing homes across the country.

Acclaimed Actor To Play British Prime Minister In New Sky Atlantic Drama "This Scepter Island."
Branagh will play the British Prime Minister in the new Sky Atlantic drama “This Sceptred Isle.” The five-part drama will trace the events surrounding the Prime Minister, the government and the country in the face of the first wave of the global pandemic.
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Kenneth, only four years older than the Prime Minister, has starred in “Valkyrie,” “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” and “Dunkirk.”

He received a knighthood in the 2012 Birthday Honors and was knighted in November of that year.

“This Sceptred Isle” will air on Sky Atlantic in fall 2022.

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