Jim Broadbent

Jim Broadbent

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    • May 24th, 1949
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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Acting (97 Credits)

2021A Boy Called Christmas as Father Vodol
2020Dolittle as Lord Thomas Badgley
2020Six Minutes to Midnight as Charlie
2020Black Narcissus as Father Roberts
2018King of Thieves as Terry Perkins
2018King Lear as Earl of Gloucester
2018Black '47 as Kilmichael
2017The Sense of an Ending as Tony Webster
2017Paddington 2 as Samuel Gruber
2016Ethel & Ernest as Ernest Briggs (voice)
2016Bridget Jones's Baby as Mr. Colin JonesWatch Free
2016The Legend of Tarzan as Prime Minister
2016War and Peace (2016) as Prince Bolkonsky
2015The Go-Between as Old Leo
2015Brooklyn as Father Flood
2015Eddie the Eagle as BBC Commentator
2015The Lady in the Van as Underwood
2015London Spy as Scottie
2014Get Santa as Santa Claus
2014Postman Pat: The Movie as CEO (voice)
2014Paddington as Samuel Gruber
2014Big Game as Herbert
2013Le Week-end as Nick Burrows
2013The Phone Call as Stan (voice)
2013Closed Circuit as Attorney General
2013Filth as Dr. Rossi
2013The Harry Hill Movie as Cleaner
2013The Great Train Robbery as DCS Tommy Butler
2012Cloud Atlas as Captain Molyneux / Vyvyan Ayrs / Timothy Cavendish / Korean Musician / Prescient 2
2011Arthur Christmas as Santa (voice)
2011The Iron Lady as Denis Thatcher
2011Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 as Horace Slughorn
2010Another Year as Tom
2010Any Human Heart as Logan Mountstuart (Older)
2010Any Human Heart as Logan Mountstuart
2009Perrier's Bounty as Jim McCrea
2009The Damned United as Sam Longson
2009The Young Victoria as King William IV
2009Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as Horace Slughorn
2008Lost and Found as Narrator (voice)
2008Inkheart as Fenoglio
2008Einstein and Eddington as Sir Oliver Lodge
2008Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as Dean Charles Stanforth
2007When Did You Last See Your Father? as Arthur Morrison
2007Hot Fuzz as Inspector Frank Butterman
2006Longford as Lord Longford
2006Art School Confidential as Jimmy
2006Free Jimmy as Stomowskij (voice)
2005Valiant as Sergeant (voice)
2005Spider-Plant Man as Batman
2005The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as Professor Kirke
2005Sprung! The Magic Roundabout as Brian (voice)
2005Robots as Madame Gasket (voice)
2004Around the World in 80 Days as Lord Kelvin
2004Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason as Bridget's Dad
2004Pride as Eddie (voice)
2004Vanity Fair as Mr. Osborne
2004Tooth as The Rabbit (voice)
2004Vera Drake as Judge
2003And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself as Harry Aitken
2003Bright Young Things as The Drunken Major
2002Nicholas Nickleby as Mr. Wackford Squeers
2002The Gathering Storm as Desmond Morton
2002Gangs of New York as William "Boss" Tweed
2001Iris as John Bayley
2001Moulin Rouge! as Harold Zidler
2001Bridget Jones's Diary as Bridget's Dad
1999Topsy-Turvy as W. S. Gilbert
1999Comic Relief: Doctor Who - The Curse of Fatal Death as The Doctor
1998Little Voice as Mr. Boo
1998The Avengers as Mother
1997The Borrowers as Pod Clock
1997Smilla's Sense of Snow as Dr. Lagermann
1996The Secret Agent as Chief Inspector Heat
1995Richard III as The Duke of Buckingham
1995Rough Magic as Doc Ansell
1994Bullets Over Broadway as Warner Purcell
1994Princess Caraboo as Mr. Worrall
1994Widows' Peak as Con Clancy
1992A Sense of History as 23rd Earl of Leete
1992The Crying Game as Col
1991Enchanted April as Frederick Arbuthnot
1990Life Is Sweet as Andy
1989Erik the Viking as Ernest the Viking (a Rapist)
1988Blackadder's Christmas Carol as Prince Albert
1987Superman IV: The Quest for Peace as Jean Pierre Dubois
1985The Good Father as Roger Miles
1985Only Fools and Horses - To Hull and Back as Roy Slater
1985Brazil as Dr. Jaffe
1985Silas Marner as Jem Rodney
1984The Hit as Barrister
1981Time Bandits as Compere
1980Breaking Glass as Station Porter
1979The Passage as German Soldier
1978The Shout as Fielder in cowpat
1971The Go-Between as Spectator at Cricket Match (uncredited)

Writer (1 Credits)



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