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Jim Broadbent

1949-05-24 Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, UK

Image of Jim Broadbent


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.


A Boy Called Christmas Father Vodol 2021-11-11
Six Minutes to Midnight Charlie 2020-10-15
The Duke Kempton Bunton 2020-09-04
Dolittle Lord Thomas Badgley 2020-01-01
Children In Need 2019: Got It Covered Self 2019-10-30
Black '47 Kilmichael 2018-09-05
King of Thieves Terry Perkins 2018-09-04
New Town Utopia Lewis Silkin MP 2018-05-04
King Lear Earl of Gloucester 2018-05-28
Paddington 2 Samuel Gruber 2017-11-09
Birds Like Us Horozovich (voice) 2017-05-05
The Sense of an Ending Tony Webster 2017-03-10
The Legend of Tarzan Prime Minister 2016-06-29
Magik Garret 2016-12-25
Eddie the Eagle BBC Commentator 2016-02-26
Ethel & Ernest Ernest Briggs (voice) 2016-10-28
Bridget Jones's Baby Mr. Colin Jones 2016-09-14
Das Wetter in geschlossenen Räumen Britischer Botschafter 2015-09-29
Brooklyn Father Flood 2015-10-20
The Go-Between Old Leo 2015-09-20
The Lady in the Van Underwood 2015-11-13
Paddington Samuel Gruber 2014-11-24
Big Game Herbert 2014-09-05
The One and Only Mike Leigh Himself 2014-11-24
Postman Pat: The Movie CEO (voice) 2014-05-23
Get Santa Santa Claus 2014-12-05
Filth Dr. Rossi 2013-09-23
Le Week-End Nick Burrows 2013-10-04
Chance Meeting 2013-10-08
Closed Circuit Attorney General 2013-08-28
The Harry Hill Movie Cleaner 2013-12-20
The Phone Call Stan (voice) 2013-10-20
Cloud Atlas Captain Molyneux / Vyvyan Ayrs / Timothy Cavendish / Korean Musician / Prescient 2 2012-10-26
Nina Conti: Her Master's Voice Himself 2012-03-11
Arthur Christmas Santa (voice) 2011-11-10
The Iron Lady Denis Thatcher 2011-12-30
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Horace Slughorn 2011-07-07
Any Human Heart Logan Mountstuart (Older) 2010-06-30
Another Year Tom 2010-11-05
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Horace Slughorn 2009-07-07
The Damned United Sam Longson 2009-03-27
Perrier's Bounty Jim McCrea 2009-09-11
The Young Victoria King William IV 2009-03-04
Einstein and Eddington Sir Oliver Lodge 2008-11-29
Tales of the Riverbank G.P. (voice) 2008-02-07
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Dean Charles Stanforth 2008-05-21
Lost and Found Narrator (voice) 2008-12-24
Inkheart Fenoglio 2008-12-11
And When Did You Last See Your Father? Arthur Morrison 2007-10-05
Hot Fuzz Inspector Frank Butterman 2007-02-14
Longford Lord Longford 2006-10-26
Slipp Jimmy fri Stomowskij (voice) 2006-04-21
Art School Confidential Jimmy 2006-05-05
Valiant Sergeant (voice) 2005-03-25
The Magic Roundabout Brian (voice) 2005-02-02
Spider-Plant Man Batman 2005-03-11
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Professor Kirke 2005-12-07
Robots Madame Gasket (voice) 2005-03-10
Vanity Fair Mr. Osborne 2004-09-01
Pride Eddie (voice) 2004-06-21
Tooth The Rabbit (voice) 2004-02-13
Around the World in 80 Days Lord Kelvin 2004-06-16
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Bridget's Dad 2004-11-10
Vera Drake Judge 2004-10-22
Bright Young Things The Drunken Major 2003-05-16
And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself Harry Aitken 2003-09-07
The Young Visiters Alfred Salteena 2003-12-26
The King's Beard The Wizard (voice) 2002-10-02
The Gathering Storm Desmond Morton 2002-04-22
Gangs of New York William "Boss" Tweed 2002-12-14
Nicholas Nickleby Mr. Wackford Squeers 2002-12-27
The Night Club of Your Dreams: The Making of 'Moulin Rouge' 2001-05-01
Bridget Jones's Diary Bridget's Dad 2001-04-13
Moulin Rouge! Harold Zidler 2001-05-24
Iris John Bayley 2001-12-14
Topsy-Turvy W. S. Gilbert 1999-09-03
Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death The Doctor 1999-03-26
Little Voice Mr. Boo 1998-11-05
The Avengers Mother 1998-08-13
The Borrowers Pod Clock 1997-12-05
Smilla's Sense of Snow Dr. Lagermann 1997-02-28
The Secret Agent Chief Inspector Heat 1996-11-08
Richard III The Duke of Buckingham 1995-12-29
Rough Magic Doc Ansell 1995-09-07
Widows' Peak Con Clancy 1994-05-13
Princess Caraboo Mr. Worrall 1994-09-16
Bullets Over Broadway Warner Purcell 1994-10-14
Wide-Eyed and Legless Deric Longden 1993-09-05
Prince Cinders Ugly Brother / Policeman (voice) 1993-12-27
The Crying Game Col 1992-09-02
A Sense of History 23rd Earl of Leete 1992-01-01
Nona 1991-10-19
Enchanted April Frederick Arbuthnot 1991-11-06
Life Is Sweet Andy 1990-11-15
Erik the Viking Ernest the Viking (a Rapist) 1989-09-01
Blackadder's Christmas Carol Prince Albert 1988-12-23
Vroom Donald 1988-11-11
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Jean Pierre Dubois 1987-07-23
Walter Joseph - Orderly 1986-07-01
The Insurance Man Gutling 1986-02-22
The Good Father Roger Miles 1985-11-01
Silas Marner Jem Rodney 1985-12-30
Only Fools and Horses - To Hull and Back Roy Slater 1985-12-25
Brazil Dr. Jaffe 1985-02-20
The Hit Barrister 1984-09-12
Birth of a Nation Geoff Figg 1983-06-19
Dead on Time Priest 1983-01-01
Walter and June Orderly 1983-04-30
Mike Leigh: Making Plays (Archive Material) 1982-09-04
Uliisses 1982-06-18
Intensive Care Mr Horsfall 1982-11-09
Time Bandits Compere 1981-07-13
Breaking Glass Station Porter 1980-10-01
The Adventures of Frank: Seeds of Ice Mr. Champing 1980-11-11
The Passage 1979-03-09
Long Distance Information Mackaness 1979-10-11
The Shout Fielder in cowpat 1978-06-16
The Go-Between Spectator at Cricket Match (uncredited) 1971-09-24