Kenneth Branagh dons fat suit to play Boris Johnson in new drama

It’s Boris Mk II! Kenneth Branagh dons fat suit and spends two hours in make-up to transform into stunning likeness of former Prime Minister for new drama

  • TV series This England lambasted by critics for its takedown of Boris Johnson
  • But pictures of Sky’s show reveals that it has got the make-up of its cast spot on
  • Former PM barely distinguishable from Sir Kenneth Branagh who wears a fat suit

It has had, it’s fair to say, a less than rapturous reception – even though it’s not yet released.

TV series This England has been lambasted by critics for its takedown of Boris Johnson as he led the country through the Covid pandemic.

But pictures of Sky’s show reveal that it got one thing spot on: the make-up. 

The former PM is barely distinguishable from Sir Kenneth Branagh, who wore a fat suit for the role and spent two hours being transformed by make-up artists on each day of filming.


Former PM Boris Johnson is barely distinguishable from Sir Kenneth Branagh, who wore a fat suit for the role and spent two hours being transformed by make-up artists on each day of filming


Another character sure to trick the eye is former chancellor Rishi Sunak, played by Shri Patel, who chopped off his long locks for the role

The actor, 61, had 42 complex prosthetic faces made for him in total. 

Make-up artist Vanessa White said: ‘There are so many pieces on [Sir Kenneth]. The only thing you see of Ken is his eyes and his chin, the rest is fake… We had to tape him in, literally tape up the back of his neck, his head.’

She said she thinks Mr Johnson would be ‘pleased’ with the portrayal. 


Ex-health secretary Matt Hancock was portrayed by Andrew Buchan


Former top aide Dominic Cummings is played by Simon Paisley Day

Other characters sure to trick the eye include former chancellor Rishi Sunak, played by Shri Patel, who chopped off his long locks for the role, and former top aide Dominic Cummings, played by Simon Paisley Day. 

Ex-health secretary Matt Hancock was portrayed by Andrew Buchan.

The six-part series, which dramatises Mr Johnson’s government during the pandemic, starts on Wednesday on Sky Atlantic.

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