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Jim Broadbent

Place of birth:
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, UK:
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.


The Duke (2020)
as Kempton Bunton
Six Minutes to Midnight (2020)
as Charlie
Dolittle (2020)
as Lord Thomas Badgley
Children In Need 2019: Got It Covered (2019)
Black '47 (2018)
as Kilmichael
King of Thieves (2018)
as Terry Perkins
King Lear (2018)
as Earl of Gloucester
New Town Utopia (2018)
as Lewis Silkin MP
Paddington 2 (2017)
as Samuel Gruber
British Airways Safety Video: Director's Cut (2017)
as Self
Birds Like Us (2017)
as Horozovich (voice)
The Sense of an Ending (2017)
as Tony Webster
Magik (2016)
as Garret
Ethel & Ernest (2016)
as Ernest Briggs (voice)
Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)
as Mr. Colin Jones
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
as Prime Minister
Eddie the Eagle (2016)
as BBC Commentator
The Lady in the Van (2015)
as Underwood
Brooklyn (2015)
as Father Flood
Das Wetter in geschlossenen Räumen (2015)
as Britischer Botschafter
The Go-Between (2015)
as Old Leo
Get Santa (2014)
as Santa Claus
The One and Only Mike Leigh (2014)
as Himself
Paddington (2014)
as Samuel Gruber
Big Game (2014)
as Herbert
Postman Pat: The Movie (2014)
as CEO (voice)
The Harry Hill Movie (2013)
as Cleaner
The Phone Call (2013)
as Stan (voice)
Chance Meeting (2013)
Le Week-End (2013)
as Nick Burrows
Filth (2013)
as Dr. Rossi
Closed Circuit (2013)
as Attorney General
Cloud Atlas (2012)
as Captain Molyneux / Vyvyan Ayrs / Timothy Cavendish / Korean Musician / Prescient 2
Nina Conti: Her Master's Voice (2012)
as Himself
The Iron Lady (2011)
as Denis Thatcher
Arthur Christmas (2011)
as Santa (voice)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
as Horace Slughorn
Another Year (2010)
as Tom
Any Human Heart (2010)
as Logan Mountstuart (Older)
Perrier's Bounty (2009)
as Jim McCrea
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
as Horace Slughorn
The Damned United (2009)
as Sam Longson
The Young Victoria (2009)
as King William IV
Lost and Found (2008)
as Narrator (voice)
Inkheart (2008)
as Fenoglio
Einstein and Eddington (2008)
as Sir Oliver Lodge
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
as Dean Charles Stanforth
Tales of the Riverbank (2008)
as G.P. (voice)
And When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007)
as Arthur Morrison
Hot Fuzz (2007)
as Inspector Frank Butterman
Longford (2006)
as Lord Longford
Art School Confidential (2006)
as Jimmy
Slipp Jimmy fri (2006)
as Stomowskij (voice)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
as Professor Kirke
Valiant (2005)
as Sergeant (voice)
Spider-Plant Man (2005)
as Batman
Robots (2005)
as Madame Gasket (voice)
The Magic Roundabout (2005)
as Brian
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)
as Bridget's Dad
Vera Drake (2004)
as Judge
Vanity Fair (2004)
as Mr. Osborne
Pride (2004)
as Eddie (voice)
Around the World in 80 Days (2004)
as Lord Kelvin
Tooth (2004)
as The Rabbit (voice)
The Young Visiters (2003)
as Alfred Salteena
And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
as Harry Aitken
Bright Young Things (2003)
as The Drunken Major
Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
as Mr. Wackford Squeers
Gangs of New York (2002)
as William "Boss" Tweed
The King's Beard (2002)
as The Wizard (voice)
The Gathering Storm (2002)
as Desmond Morton
Iris (2001)
as John Bayley
The Night Club of Your Dreams: The Making of 'Moulin Rouge' (2001)
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
as Bridget's Dad
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
as Harold Zidler
Topsy-Turvy (1999)
as W. S. Gilbert
Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death (1999)
as The Doctor
Little Voice (1998)
as Mr. Boo
The Avengers (1998)
as Mother
The Borrowers (1997)
as Pod Clock
Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997)
as Dr. Lagermann
The Secret Agent (1996)
as Chief Inspector Heat
Richard III (1995)
as The Duke of Buckingham
Rough Magic (1995)
as Doc Ansell
Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
as Warner Purcell
Princess Caraboo (1994)
as Mr. Worrall
Widows' Peak (1994)
as Con Clancy
Wide-Eyed and Legless (1993)
as Deric Longden
The Crying Game (1992)
as Col
A Sense of History (1992)
as 23rd Earl of Leete
Enchanted April (1991)
as Frederick Arbuthnot
Nona (1991)
Life Is Sweet (1990)
as Andy
Erik the Viking (1989)
as Ernest the Viking (a Rapist)
Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988)
as Prince Albert
Vroom (1988)
as Donald
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
as Jean Pierre Dubois
Walter (1986)
as Joseph - Orderly
The Insurance Man (1986)
as Gutling
Silas Marner (1985)
as Jem Rodney
Only Fools and Horses - To Hull and Back (1985)
as Roy Slater
The Good Father (1985)
as Roger Miles
Brazil (1985)
as Dr. Jaffe
The Hit (1984)
as Barrister
Birth of a Nation (1983)
as Geoff Figg
Walter and June (1983)
as Orderly
Intensive Care (1982)
as Mr Horsfall
Mike Leigh: Making Plays (1982)
as (Archive Material)
Uliisses (1982)
Time Bandits (1981)
as Compere
Breaking Glass (1980)
as Station Porter
Long Distance Information (1979)
as Mackaness
The Passage (1979)
The Shout (1978)
as Fielder in cowpat
A Boy Called Christmas
as Father Vodol

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