Jim Broadbent

Jim Broadbent

  • Known For: Acting
  • Birthday: 24-05-1949
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of Birth: Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, UK
  • Also Known As:

    James Broadbent

  • Popularity: 6.05
  • Homepage: http://www.ultrapelis.net/

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.

Year Movie Character
2008 Lost and Found as Narrator (voice)
2006 Longford as Lord Longford
1994 Princess Caraboo as Mr. Worrall
1992 A Sense of History as 23rd Earl of Leete
2010 Another Year as Tom
2003 The Young Visiters as Alfred Salteena
2013 Le Week-End as Nick Burrows
2007 When Did You Last See Your Father? as Arthur Morrison
2014 Get Santa as Santa Claus
2017 The Sense of an Ending as Tony Webster
2001 Iris as John Bayley
1997 The Borrowers as Pod Clock
1990 Life Is Sweet as Andy
1999 Topsy-Turvy as W. S. Gilbert
1985 The Good Father as Roger Miles
1993 Wide-Eyed and Legless as Deric Longden
2012 Nina Conti: Her Master's Voice as Himself
2013 The Phone Call as Stan (voice)
1991 Nona
2014 Postman Pat: The Movie as CEO (voice)
1983 Birth of a Nation as Geoff Figg
2016 Ethel & Ernest as Ernest Briggs (voice)
2008 Tales of the Riverbank as G.P. (voice)
2018 New Town Utopia as Lewis Silkin MP
2018 King of Thieves as Terry Perkins
2002 The King's Beard as The Wizard (voice)
2007 Hot Fuzz as Inspector Frank Butterman
1995 Richard III as The Duke of Buckingham
2009 Perrier's Bounty as Jim McCrea
2002 Nicholas Nickleby as Mr. Wackford Squeers
2002 The Gathering Storm as Desmond Morton
1995 Rough Magic as Doc Ansell
1983 Walter and June as Orderly
2010 Any Human Heart as Logan Mountstuart (Older)
2012 Cloud Atlas as Captain Molyneux / Vyvyan Ayrs / Timothy Cavendish / Korean Musician / Prescient 2
1996 The Secret Agent as Chief Inspector Heat
2015 The Go-Between as Old Leo
2020 The Duke as Kempton Bunton
1983 Dead on Time as Priest
2001 Moulin Rouge! as Harold Zidler
2009 The Damned United as Sam Longson
2005 Spider-Plant Man as Batman
2003 And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself as Harry Aitken
2006 Art School Confidential as Jimmy
2004 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason as Bridget's Dad
2005 Valiant as Sergeant (voice)
2011 Arthur Christmas as Santa (voice)
2011 The Iron Lady as Denis Thatcher
2013 Closed Circuit as Attorney General
1997 Smilla's Sense of Snow as Dr. Lagermann
2015 Brooklyn as Father Flood
2016 Bridget Jones's Baby as Mr. Colin Jones
2014 The One and Only Mike Leigh as Himself
2017 Birds Like Us as Horozovich (voice)
2018 King Lear as Earl of Gloucester
2020 Six Minutes to Midnight as Charlie
2020 Dolittle as Lord Thomas Badgley
2001 Bridget Jones's Diary as Bridget's Dad
2004 Around the World in 80 Days as Lord Kelvin
1998 Little Voice as Mr. Boo
1994 Widows' Peak as Con Clancy
1998 The Avengers as Mother
2009 The Young Victoria as King William IV
2004 Pride as Eddie (voice)
2016 Magik as Garret
1986 The Insurance Man as Gutling
2015 The Weather Inside as Britischer Botschafter
2019 Children In Need 2019: Got It Covered
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as Horace Slughorn
2008 Inkheart as Fenoglio
1992 The Crying Game as Col
2008 Einstein and Eddington as Sir Oliver Lodge
2013 Filth as Dr. Rossi
1999 Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death as The Doctor
1982 Uliisses
2016 The Legend of Tarzan as Prime Minister
1979 Long Distance Information as Mackaness
2006 Free Jimmy as Stomowskij (voice)
1988 Vroom as Donald
2013 Chance Meeting
1970 A Boy Called Christmas as Father Vodol
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as Dean Charles Stanforth
2005 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as Professor Kirke
2002 Gangs of New York as William "Boss" Tweed
2004 Vanity Fair as Mr. Osborne
1991 Enchanted April as Frederick Arbuthnot
1984 The Hit as Barrister
2016 Eddie the Eagle as BBC Commentator
1988 Blackadder's Christmas Carol as Prince Albert
2014 Paddington as Samuel Gruber
2014 Big Game as Herbert
2018 Black '47 as Kilmichael
2001 The Night Club of Your Dreams: The Making of 'Moulin Rouge'
1985 Only Fools and Horses - To Hull and Back as Roy Slater
2004 Tooth as The Rabbit (voice)
2005 The Magic Roundabout as Brian (voice)
2013 The Harry Hill Movie as Cleaner
1994 Bullets Over Broadway as Warner Purcell
2015 The Lady in the Van as Underwood
1978 The Shout as Fielder in cowpat
1985 Brazil as Dr. Jaffe
2005 Robots as Madame Gasket (voice)
1986 Walter as Joseph - Orderly
2003 Bright Young Things as The Drunken Major
1985 Silas Marner as Jem Rodney
1987 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace as Jean Pierre Dubois
2017 Paddington 2 as Samuel Gruber
1982 Intensive Care as Mr Horsfall
1979 The Passage
1989 Erik the Viking as Ernest the Viking (a Rapist)
1982 Mike Leigh: Making Plays as (Archive Material)
2004 Vera Drake as Judge
1980 Breaking Glass as Station Porter
1981 Time Bandits as Compere
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 as Horace Slughorn
1992 A Sense of History

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