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Jim Broadbent

One of England's most versatile character actors, Jim Broadbent was born on May 24, 1949, in Lincolnshire, the youngest son of furniture maker Roy Broadbent and sculptress Dee Broadbent. Jim attended a Quaker boarding school in Reading before successfully applying for a place at an art school. His heart was in acting, though, and he would later transfer to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Following his 1972 graduation, he began his professional career on the stage, performing with the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and as part of the National Theatre of Brent, a two-man troupe which he co-founded. In addition to his theatrical work, Broadbent did steady work on television, working for such directors as Mike Newell and Stephen Frears. Broadbent made his film debut in 1978 with a small part in Jerzy Skolimowski's The Shout (1978). He went on to work with Frears again in The Hit (1984) and with Terry Gilliam in Time Bandits (1981) and Brazil (1985), but it was through his collaboration with Mike Leigh that Broadbent first became known to an international film audience. In 1990 he starred in Leigh's Life Is Sweet (1990), a domestic comedy that cast him as a good-natured cook who dreams of running his own business. Broadbent gained further visibility the following year with substantial roles in Neil Jordan's The Crying Game (1992) and Mike Newell's Enchanted April (1992), and he could subsequently be seen in such diverse fare as Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway (1994), Widows' Peak (1994), Richard Loncraine's highly acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III (1995) and Little Voice (1998), the last of which cast him as a seedy nightclub owner. Appearing primarily as a character actor in these films, Broadbent took center stage for Leigh's Topsy-Turvy (1999), imbuing the mercurial W.S. Gilbert with emotional complexity and comic poignancy. Jim's breakthrough year was 2001, as he starred in three critically and commercially successful films. Many would consider him the definitive supporting actor of that year. First he starred as Bridget's dad (Colin Jones) in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), which propelled Renée Zellweger to an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Next came the multiple Oscar-nominated film (including Best Picture) Moulin Rouge! (2001), for which he won a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA award for his scene-stealing performance as Harold Zidler. Lastly, came the small biopic Iris (2001/I), for which he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as devoted husband John Bayley to Judi Dench's Iris Murdoch, the British novelist who suffered from Alzheimer's disease. The film hit home with Jim, since his own mother had passed away from Alzheimer's in 1995.

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May 24, 1949 In Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Second Civil War
Latest Project:
Movie Magik 2019
Known For
Poster of Cloud Atlas
Poster of Harry Potter und die Heiligtümer des Todes - Teil 2
Poster of Harry Potter und der Halbblutprinz
Poster of Beyond Westworld
Movie Dirty Tricks Richard Nixon 2019
Movie Magik Garret 2019
Movie Vom Ende einer Geschichte Tony Webster 2017-03-10
Movie Paddington 2 Samuel Gruber 2017-11-23
Movie War and Peace Prince Bolkonsky 2016-01-03
Series Krieg und Frieden Prince Bolkonsky 2016-01-03
Movie Eddie the Eagle: Alles ist möglich BBC Commentator 2016-02-26
Movie Bridget Jones’ Baby Mr. Colin Jones 2016-09-14
Movie Legend of Tarzan Prime Minister 2016-06-29
Movie The Go-Between Old Leo 2015-09-20
Movie Das Wetter in geschlossenen Räumen Britischer Botschafter 2015-09-29
Movie The Lady in the Van Underwood 2015-11-13
Movie Brooklyn - Eine Liebe zwischen zwei Welten Father Flood 2015-10-20
Series London Spy Scottie 2015-11-09
Movie London Spy Scottie 2015-11-09
Movie Postman Pat: The Movie CEO (voice) 2014-05-23
Series Running Wild with Bear Grylls 23rd Earl of Leete 2014-07-28
Movie Rettet Weihnachten! Santa Claus 2014-12-05
Movie Big Game – Die Jagd beginnt Herbert 2014-09-05
Movie Paddington Samuel Gruber 2014-11-28
Movie Le Weekend Nick Burrows 2013-10-04
Movie Unter Beobachtung Attorney General 2013-08-28
Movie The Phone Call Stan (voice) 2013-10-01
Movie Drecksau Dr. Rossi 2013-10-17
Movie The Harry Hill Movie Cleaner 2013-12-20
Movie Der große Eisenbahnraub 1963 DI Frank Williams 2013-12-18
Series ティーンコート~10代裁判~ Arthur 2012-01-10
Movie Nina Conti: Her Master's Voice Himself 2012-03-11
Movie Cloud Atlas Captain Molyneux / Vyvyan Ayrs / Timothy Cavendish / Korean Musician / Prescient 2 2012-10-26
Series Exile 2011-05-01
Movie Harry Potter und die Heiligtümer des Todes - Teil 2 Horace Slughorn 2011-07-07
Movie Die Eiserne Lady Denis Thatcher 2011-12-30
Movie Arthur Weihnachtsmann Santa (voice) 2011-11-16
Movie Any Human Heart Logan Mountstuart (Older) 2010-06-30
Series Meine Schwester Charlie Sam Longson 2010-04-04
Movie Konferenz der Tiere Winston 2010-10-07
Series Any Human Heart Logan Mountstuart 2010-11-21
Movie Another Year Tom 2010-11-05
Movie Harry Potter und der Halbblutprinz Horace Slughorn 2009-07-07
Movie Victoria, die junge Königin King William IV 2009-03-04
Movie Pinguin gefunden! Narrator (voice) 2008-12-24
Movie Abenteuer am Flussufer G.P. (voice) 2008-02-07
Movie Einstein und Eddington Sir Oliver Lodge 2008-11-29
Series Toda una dama Jem Rodney 2007-11-07
Series The Street Unknown 2006-04-13
Movie Free Jimmy Stomowskij (voice) 2006-04-21
Movie Art School Confidential Jimmy 2006-11-10
Movie The Magic Roundabout Brian 2005-01-19
Movie Robots Madame Gasket (voice) 2005-03-10
Movie Spider-Plant Man Batman 2005-03-11
Series Impact Wrestling Inspector Frank Butterman 2004-06-04
Series Danny Phantom Fenoglio 2004-04-03
Movie Pride - Das Gesetz der Savanne Eddie (voice) 2004-06-21
Movie Vanity Fair - Jahrmarkt der Eitelkeiten Mr. Osborne 2004-09-01
Movie Bridget Jones - Am Rande des Wahnsinns Bridget's Dad 2004-12-02
Movie In 80 Tagen um die Welt Lord Kelvin 2004-12-23
Movie Vera Drake Judge 2004-10-22
Movie Bright Young Things The Drunken Major 2003-05-16
Movie Pancho Villa - Mexican Outlaw Harry Aitken 2003-09-07
Movie The Young Visiters Alfred Salteena 2003-12-26
Movie Ein Sturm zieht auf Desmond Morton 2002-04-22
Movie Nicholas Nickleby Mr. Wackford Squeers 2002-12-27
Movie Gangs of New York William "Boss" Tweed 2002-12-19
Series 러빙유 Lord Longford 2002-07-29
Movie Moulin Rouge Harold Zidler 2001-03-09
Movie Bridget Jones - Schokolade zum Frühstück Bridget's Dad 2001-04-13
Movie Iris John Bayley 2001-12-14
Series 아름다운 날들 Sergeant (voice) 2001-03-14
Movie Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death The Doctor 1999-03-26
Movie Topsy-Turvy – Auf den Kopf gestellt W. S. Gilbert 1999-09-03
Movie Little Voice Mr. Boo 1998-11-05
Movie Mit Schirm, Charme und Melone Mother 1998-08-13
Movie Ein Fall für die Borger Pod Clock 1997-12-11
Movie Fräulein Smillas Gespür für Schnee Dr. Lagermann 1997-02-28
Movie Der Geheimagent Chief Inspector Heat 1996-11-08
Series Für alle Fälle Stefanie Jim McCrea 1995-05-15
Movie Wilder Zauber Doc Ansell 1995-09-07
Movie Richard III The Duke of Buckingham 1995-12-29
Movie Die Witwen von Widows Peak Con Clancy 1994-05-13
Series Inside the Actors Studio Dean Charles Stanforth 1994-06-01
Movie Prinzessin Caraboo Mr. Worrall 1994-09-16
Movie Bullets Over Broadway Warner Purcell 1994-10-14
Movie Wide Eyed and Legless Deric Longden 1993-09-05
Movie The Crying Game Col 1992-09-02
Movie Verzauberter April Frederick Arbuthnot 1991-11-06
Movie Nona 1991-10-19
Movie Das Leben ist süß Andy 1990-11-15
Movie Erik der Wikinger Ernest the Viking (a Rapist) 1989-09-22
Series The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos 1989-11-16
Series Victoria Wood 1989-11-16
Movie Blackadder's Christmas Carol Prince Albert 1988-01-01
Movie Vroom Donald 1988-11-11
Movie Oliver & Co. Unknown 1988-11-18
Series Inspector Morse Unknown 1987-01-06
Movie Superman IV - Die Welt am Abgrund Jean Pierre Dubois 1987-07-23
Movie The Insurance Man Gutling 1986-02-22
Movie Brazil Dr. Jaffe 1985-04-26
Movie Hot Moves Unknown 1984-10-04
Movie Walter and June Orderly 1983-04-30
Series Dramarama Unknown 1983-09-12
Series Blackadder 1983-06-15
Movie Birth of a Nation Geoff Figg 1983-06-19
Series Blut und Ehre: Jugend unter Hitler Barrister 1982-07-12
Movie Uliisses 1982-06-18
Movie Our Winnie Second Attendant 1982-11-12
Movie Walter Joseph - Orderly 1982-11-02
Movie Mike Leigh: Making Plays (Archive Material) 1982-09-04
Movie Time Bandits Compere 1981-07-13
Movie Breaking Glass Station Porter 1980-10-01
Series Beyond Westworld Professor Kirke 1980-03-05
Series Die unglaublichen Geschichten von Roald Dahl Unknown 1979-03-24
Movie Long Distance Information Mackaness 1979-10-11
Movie Der Todesschrei Fielder in cowpat 1978-01-01
Movie Born Invincible DCS Tommy Butler 1978-01-01
Series Play for Today Unknown 1970-10-15
Movie Edgar Wallace - Der Mönch mit der Peitsche 1967-08-11
Movie Andrej Rubljow Unknown 1966-12-16
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie The Freshman 1925-09-20
Series The Second Civil War Roger Miles 0