Kenneth Branagh has praised the ''gutsy'' women who have come forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.

The disgraced producer stands accused of sexually harassing a number of female employees over a 30-year period, and Hollywood star Kenneth, 56, has expressed his ''unreserved admiration'' for those who have had the courage to come forward and share their experiences with Weinstein.

Speaking to Australia's Daily Telegraph newspaper, the 'Dunkirk' star said: ''Everybody has to keep listening to what is going on. A lot of gutsy people have been speaking up about something that is difficult ... I have unreserved admiration for the people who have had the guts to come up with stuff that has to be spoken about.''

Stars including Cara Delevingne, Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Beckinsale, Lupita Nyong'o, and Sean Young recently came forward to open up about their own experiences with Weinstein.

And the sexual misconduct allegations made against the producer have also encouraged Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Blake Lively to open up about being sexually harassed by other figures in the business.

Meanwhile, Weinstein - who has denied many of the allegations made against him - has been fired from his position as co-chairman of The Weinstein Company in light of the claims, whilst his wife of 10 years, Georgina Chapman, has left him.

Recently, Weinstein claimed he hopes he will be able to ''rebuild'' his relationship with the Marchesa co-founder in the future.

Harvey - who has children India, seven, and Dashiell, four, with Georgina, as well as Ruth, 14, Emma, 19, and Lily, 22, with his ex-wife Eve Chilton - said of his wife's decision: ''I support her decision, I am in counselling and perhaps, when I am better, we can rebuild.

''Over the last week, there has been a lot of pain for my family that I take responsibility for. I sat down with my wife Georgina, who I love more than anything, and we discussed what was best for our family.

''We discussed the possibility of a separation and I encouraged her to do what was in her heart. I understand, I love her and I love our children and hopefully, when I am better, I will be in their lives again.''