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.

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Birth Name

James Broadbent

Birth Place

Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, UK

Birth Date

5/24/1949
Known For
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Moulin Rouge!

Harold Zidler

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The Iron Lady

Denis Thatcher

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Valiant

Sergeant (voice)

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The Lady in the Van

Underwood

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Dolittle

Lord Thomas Badgley

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Another Year

Tom

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The Magic Roundabout

Brian (voice)

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Get Santa

Santa Claus

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The Sense of an Ending

Tony Webster

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And When Did You Last See Your Father?

Arthur

Starring In
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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Harold Fry

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Charlotte

Grosspapa (voice)

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A Boy Called Christmas

King

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The Duke

Kempton Bunton

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Six Minutes to Midnight

Charlie

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Dolittle

Lord Thomas Badgley

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An Accidental Studio

(archive footage)

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King Of Thieves

Terry Perkins

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King Lear

Earl of Gloucester

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Black '47

Lord Kilmichael

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Mary And The Witch's Flower

Doctor Dee (voice)

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Paddington 2

Mr. Gruber

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The Sense of an Ending

Tony Webster

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Birds Like Us

Horozovich (voice)

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Ethel & Ernest

Ernest Briggs (voice)

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Bridget Jones's Baby

Bridget's Dad

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The Legend of Tarzan

Prime Minister

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Eddie The Eagle

BBC Commentator

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The Lady in the Van

Underwood

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Brooklyn

Father Flood

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Das Wetter in Geschlossenen Räumen

Britischer Botschafter

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Big Game

Herbert

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Get Santa

Santa Claus

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Paddington

Mr. Gruber

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Postman Pat: The Movie

CEO (voice)

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The Harry Hill Movie

Cleaner

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Filth

Dr. Rossi

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Le Week-End

Nick

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Closed Circuit

Attorney General

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The Phone Call

Stan (voice)

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Cloud Atlas

Captain Molyneux / Vyvyan Ayrs / Timothy Cavendish / Korean Musician / Prescient 2

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The Iron Lady

Denis Thatcher

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Arthur Christmas

Santa (voice)

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Professor Horace Slughorn

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Another Year

Tom

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Animals United

Winston (voice: English version)

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Perrier's Bounty

Jim McCrea

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Professor Horace Slughorn

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The Damned United

Sam Longson

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Dean Charles Stanforth

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Inkheart

Fenoglio

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Tales Of The Riverbank

G.P. (voice)

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And When Did You Last See Your Father?

Arthur

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Hot Fuzz

Inspector Frank Butterman

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Free Jimmy

Stromowskij (voice: English version)

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Professor Kirke

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Valiant

Sergeant (voice)

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The Magic Roundabout

Brian (voice)

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Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Dad

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Vanity Fair

Mr. Osborne

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And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself

Harry Aitken

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The Young Visiters

Alfred Salteena

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Gangs of New York

William 'Boss' Tweed

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The King's Beard

The Wizard (voice)

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Bridget Jones's Diary

Bridget's Dad

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Moulin Rouge!

Harold Zidler

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Recompensa

Jim McCrea

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Topsy-Turvy

William Schwenck Gilbert

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Rough Magic

Doc Ansell

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Richard III

Buckingham

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Bullets Over Broadway

Warner Purcell

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Widows' Peak

Con Clancy, Kilshannon Dentist

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Princess Caraboo

Mr. Worrall

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Enchanted April

Frederick Arbuthnot

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The Crying Game

Col

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Life is Sweet

Andy

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Blackadder's Christmas Carol

Prince Albert

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The Good Father

Roger Miles

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Brazil

Dr. Jaffe

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Time Bandits

Compere

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Breaking Glass

Station Porter

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The Passage

German Soldier (uncredited)

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The Shout

Fielder in cowpat

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The Go-Between

Spectator at Cricket Match (uncredited)

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