Jim Broadbent

Biography

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.

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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Known Credits 112

Birthday 1949-05-24

Place of Birth Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, UK

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Also Known As

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Known For

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 Magik as Garret
2016 Bridget Jones's Baby as Dad
2016 The Legend of Tarzan
2016 Eddie the Eagle as BBC Commentator
2016 The Weather Inside as Britischer Botschafter
2016 War and Peace as Prince Bolkonsky
2016 War and Peace(6 episodes) as Prince Bolkonsky
2015 The Lady in the Van as Underwood
2015 London Spy as Scottie
2015 London Spy(5 episodes) as Scottie
2015 Brooklyn as Father Flood
2015 The Go-Between as Old Leo
2014 Get Santa as Santa Claus
2014 Paddington as Mr. Gruber
2014 Big Game as Herbert
2014 Postman Pat: The Movie as (voice)
2013 The Harry Hill Movie as Cleaner
2013 The Great Train Robbery as DI Frank Williams
2013 The Great Train Robbery(2 episodes) as DCS Tommy Butler
2013 Le Week-End as Nick Burrows
2013 The Phone Call
2013 Filth as Dr. Rossi
2013 Closed Circuit as Attorney General
2012 Cloud Atlas as Captain Molyneux / Vyvyan Ayrs / Timothy Cavendish / Korean Musician / Prescient 2
2012 Her Master's Voice as Himself
2011 The Iron Lady as Denis Thatcher
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 as Horace Slughorn
2011 Exile(3 episodes)
2011 Arthur Christmas as Santa (voice)
2010 Any Human Heart(4 episodes) as Logan Mountstuart
2010 Another Year as Tom
2010 Downton Abbey(1 episode) as Jim Broadbent
2010 Any Human Heart as Logan Mountstuart (Older)
2009 Perrier’s Bounty as Jim McCrea
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as Professor Horace Slughorn
2009 The Damned United as Sam Longson
2009 The Young Victoria as King William
2008 Lost and Found as Narrator (voice)
2008 Inkheart as Fenoglio
2008 Einstein and Eddington as Sir Oliver Lodge
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as Dean Charles Stanforth
2007 When Did You Last See Your Father? as Arthur
2007 Hot Fuzz as Inspector Frank Butterman
2006 Art School Confidential as Jimmy
2006 Longford as Lord Longford
2006 Free Jimmy as Stromowskij (voice)
2006 The Street(3 episodes)
2005 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as Professor Kirke
2005 Valiant as Sergeant (voice)
2005 Spider-Plant Man as Batman
2005 Robots as Madame Gasket (voice)
2005 Around the World in 80 Days as Lord Kelvin
2005 The Magic Roundabout as Brian
2004 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason as Bridget's Dad
2004 Vera Drake as Judge
2004 Vera Drake
2004 Vanity Fair as Mr. Osborne
2003 The Young Visiters as Alfred Salteena
2003 And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself as Harry Aitken
2003 Bright Young Things as The Drunken Major
2002 Nicholas Nickleby as Mr. Wackford Squeers
2002 Gangs of New York as William Tweed
2002 The Gathering Storm as Desmond Morton
2001 Iris as John Bayley
2001 Bridget Jones's Diary as Bridget's Dad
2001 Moulin Rouge! as The Unconscious Argentinean
1999 Topsy-Turvy as W. S. Gilbert
1999 Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death as The Doctor
1998 Little Voice as Mr. Boo
1998 The Avengers as Mother
1997 The Borrowers as Pod Clock
1997 Smilla's Sense of Snow as Dr. Lagermann
1996 The Secret Agent as Chief Inspector Heat
1995 Richard III as The Duke of Buckingham
1995 Rough Magic as Doc Ansell
1994 Bullets Over Broadway as Warner Purcell
1994 Princess Caraboo as Mr. Worrall
1994 Widows' Peak as Con Clancy
1994 The Wedding Gift as Deric Longden
1992 The Crying Game as Col
1992 A Sense of History as 23rd Earl of Leete
1991 Murder Most Horrid(1 episode)
1991 Enchanted April as Frederick Arbuthnot
1991 Nona
1990 Life is Sweet as Andy
1989 The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos(23 episodes)
1989 Victoria Wood(6 episodes)
1989 Erik the Viking as Ernest the Viking (a Rapist)
1988 Blackadder's Christmas Carol as Prince Albert
1987 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace as Jean Pierre Dubois
1987 Inspector Morse(2 episodes)
1986 The Insurance Man
1985 Silas Marner as Jem Rodney
1985 The Good Father as Roger Miles
1985 Brazil as Dr. Jaffe
1984 The Hit as Barrister
1983 Dramarama(1 episode)
1983 Birth of a Nation as Geoff Figg
1983 Blackadder(1 episode)
1983 Walter and June as Orderly
1982 Our Winnie
1982 Intensive Care as Headmaster
1982 Walter as Joseph - Orderly
1982 Bird of Prey(8 episodes)
1979 Tales of the Unexpected(1 episode)
1978 The Shout as Fielder in cowpat
1977 The Channel Four Show(0 episodes)
1970 Play for Today(1 episode)
1929 The Academy Awards(1 episode)
1900 Dirty Tricks as Richard Nixon
1900 The Sense of an Ending as Tony Webster
1900 Percy the Park Keeper(17 episodes)
1900 The Peter Principle(13 episodes)

Writing

1992 A Sense of History … Writer

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