Jim Broadbent

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Age: 64
Birthplace: 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.

 
Movie Character Year
Trloaiimxc3ioftuxzqhj2l41fr Brazil Dr. Jaffe 1985
96vn8i5ft7cylz8ivhbu0chlz7v Life Is Sweet Andy 1990
Wi10pcezzn5d1utizsaqvgf3lse A Sense of History 23rd Earl of Leete 1992
9qqk3svm0i9quabopdnrjzdv3xj The Crying Game Col 1992
Gbydzirzrejebxvm2figg44ic89 The Wedding Gift Deric Longden 1994
9yex61n0fi7tph8sed5bydfduqb Richard III The Duke of Buckingham 1995
Wjiabf2y4tzftmsls1ntkb1dflt The Borrowers Pod Clock 1997
998qgsla3flrvjun9nwaorajojt Little Voice Mr. Boo 1998
Mudh3xjyo3au1allpwgtkxfu0lk Topsy-Turvy W. S. Gilbert 1999
Ydsxlfk0fmophaijqsmf5u6j1lu Bridget Jones's Diary Bridget's Dad 2001
Qwvjlgalfqxinnf1sltgoqygekt Moulin Rouge! Zidler 2001
Ytko2tlvkud9kbs0poxsqh6ft7d Gangs of New York William Tweed 2002
Tsfskc5ftoxq3nfcjpdp6ff47lx Around the World in 80 Days Lord Kelvin 2004
Su37chv4bzdqzgmpzpfypfwpmj7 Vanity Fair Mr. Osborne 2004
Fs3ngiwsbk9h8ecuptnj7qqryj2 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Dad 2004
W1siziisijiwmtqvmdqvmdcvmdmvmjqvmzavmzq0lzc3agphyti3yllzsfdquwnxm0xstzg3y1q2mi5qcgcixsxbinailcj0ahvtyiisiju1edc1iyjdxq Vera Drake Judge 2005
Rzaz2glqktpfaruva3gbsugwfq Robots Madame Gasket (voice) 2005
Sql1x8instiqraljt78tw3yx9zj Valiant Sergeant (voice) 2005
L1nnavgij5qvpbjnp8gn7kcyl3f The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Professor Kirke 2005
5jx6s6vxnunh8wclgr0ygjwsgjh Hot Fuzz Inspector Frank Butterman 2007
6lv49e0aeusw9vkemgqgldetlmo Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Dean Charles Stanforth 2008
4saaqax2jwbj0ogvtubk5vxburt Einstein and Eddington Sir Oliver Lodge 2008
3yivmwpdrwlez8fj5hlbgwncz9f Inkheart Fenoglio 2008
Mtol6ixoko1swlk2bkzoydmbphe The Young Victoria King William 2009
Auegejyzppod3qxqc3mwsjxymbj The Damned United Sam Longson 2009
Bfxys2nhalwdvpkf3dp3vvdfn8b Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Professor Horace Slughorn 2009
Talzp5ptubffe8qybdzueog45fi Animals United Winston 2010
Vtw3vsq9wsjvublf9nxsv4tznzx Another Year Tom 2010
Amkuvxjgcrugvdvo48v2yfxarny Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Horace Slughorn 2011
577g50xfd9e17k1rmvbo6leekve Arthur Christmas Santa 2011
E67tal4u66efz8ygnjgto5fyrxy The Iron Lady Denis Thatcher 2011
K9gwdjfxm80ixqlumvplzgsfjgr Cloud Atlas Vyvyan Ayrs / Timothy Cavendish 2012
9ygo5j1kn6zh3gwijqnhc0yvxjx Closed Circuit 2013
Ikpklgafsla3mu05akt3hstrbrl Filth Dr. Rossi 2013
Vqq6efvthbts48jlxxdswzafd6c Le Week-end Nick Burrows 2013
Q3tgcbvqxpwb1tzthizulmkaq7r The Great Train Robbery 2013
Xfyvf6mo6gabl07qobwlmy3qht1 The Harry Hill Movie Cleaner 2013
Popcorn Dirty Tricks Richard Nixon 2013