Jim Broadbent



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.

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Dr. Jaffe
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Dean Charles Stanforth
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Professor Kirke
Bridget Jones's Diary
Bridget's Dad
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Horace Slughorn
Moulin Rouge!
Harold Zidler
Around the World in 80 Days
Lord Kelvin
Gangs of New York
William "Boss" Tweed
Hot Fuzz
Inspector Frank Butterman
Vera Drake
The Damned United
Sam Longson
The Crying Game
Spider-Plant Man
Richard III
The Duke of Buckingham
Vanity Fair
Mr. Osborne
And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself
Harry Aitken
John Bayley
Little Voice
Mr. Boo
Widows' Peak
Con Clancy
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Horace Slughorn
The Avengers
The Borrowers
Pod Clock
Enchanted April
Frederick Arbuthnot
Lost and Found
Narrator (voice)
Art School Confidential
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Bridget's Dad
Madame Gasket (voice)
Perrier’s Bounty
Jim McCrea
Sergeant (voice)
Nicholas Nickleby
Mr. Wackford Squeers
Lord Longford
The Gathering Storm
Desmond Morton
Life Is Sweet
Einstein and Eddington
Sir Oliver Lodge
Princess Caraboo
Mr. Worrall
A Sense of History
23rd Earl of Leete
Bright Young Things
The Drunken Major
Another Year
Rough Magic
Doc Ansell
The Magic Roundabout
W. S. Gilbert
The Good Father
Roger Miles
The Shout
Fielder in cowpat
The Young Victoria
King William IV
Arthur Christmas
Santa (voice)
The Hit
Blackadder's Christmas Carol
Prince Albert
The Iron Lady
Denis Thatcher
Wide Eyed and Legless
Deric Longden
The Young Visiters
Alfred Salteena
Eddie (voice)
Dr. Rossi
Silas Marner
Jem Rodney
Joseph - Orderly
Nina Conti: Her Master's Voice
Closed Circuit
Attorney General
Samuel Gruber
Le Week-End
Nick Burrows
Walter and June
The Phone Call
Stan (voice)
No character defined
The Harry Hill Movie
Postman Pat: The Movie
CEO (voice)
Any Human Heart
Logan Mountstuart (Older)
Birth of a Nation
Geoff Figg
Cloud Atlas
Captain Molyneux / Vyvyan Ayrs / Timothy Cavendish / Korean Musician / Prescient 2
Bullets Over Broadway
Warner Purcell
Smilla's Sense of Snow
Dr. Lagermann
Erik the Viking
Ernest the Viking (a Rapist)
And When Did You Last See Your Father?
Arthur Morrison
The Secret Agent
Chief Inspector Heat
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
Jean Pierre Dubois
Intensive Care
Our Winnie
Second Attendant
The Insurance Man
Big Game
Father Flood
The Go-Between
Old Leo
Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death
The Doctor
The Lady in the Van
Get Santa
Santa Claus
Bridget Jones's Baby
Mr. Colin Jones
The Sense of an Ending
Tony Webster
Das Wetter in geschlossenen Räumen
Britischer Botschafter
Eddie the Eagle
BBC Commentator
No character defined
Ethel & Ernest
Ernest Briggs (voice)
Tales of the Riverbank
G.P. (voice)
Paddington 2
Samuel Gruber
Mike Leigh: Making Plays
(Archive Material)
The One and Only Mike Leigh
Black 47
Lord Kilmichael
The Legend of Tarzan
Prime Minister
The Rabbit (voice)
Time Bandits
Birds Like Us
Horozovich (voice)
Long Distance Information
Breaking Glass
Station Porter
Slipp Jimmy fri
Stomowskij (voice)
New Town Utopia
Lewis Silkin MP
King Lear
Earl of Gloucester
The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle
No character defined
King of Thieves
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The Night Club of Your Dreams: The Making of 'Moulin Rouge'
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Inspector Morse
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Bird of Prey
No character defined
The Great Train Robbery
DCS Tommy Butler
The Academy Awards
No character defined
Any Human Heart
Logan Mountstuart
The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos
No character defined
Percy the Park Keeper
No character defined
Murder Most Horrid
No character defined
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Tales of the Unexpected
No character defined
Victoria Wood
No character defined
The Peter Principle
No character defined
Play for Today
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The Street
No character defined
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Don Speekingleesh, an Interpreter
London Spy
War and Peace
Prince Bolkonsky
Downton Abbey
Jim Broadbent
Victoria Wood As Seen On TV
No character defined
Game of Thrones
Archmaester Ebrose