has come full circle.
In 1988, PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre" audience watched the fresh-faced young talent from Northern Ireland in the World War II
drama "The Fortunes of War," which also starred his first wife, Emma Thompson
The 48-year-old Branagh is now back on PBS in the three-part "Masterpiece Mystery!" series "Wallander," which premieres Sunday.
Based on the internationally bestselling novels by Henning Mankell, the series revolves around the brilliant -- and brilliantly flawed -- Swedish
police detective Kurt Wallander, who solves complex, often brutal cases in the seaside town of Ystad, Sweden.
"I read crime fiction for pleasure," said the Oscar
-nominated actor-director ("Henry V") during a recent interview in Universal City
He decided to see whether he could get the rights to the stories. "Most of my experiences of development and trying to get the rights [to projects] are fairly sort of knotty and thorny," he said. "I didn't have high hopes."
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