Jim Broadbent
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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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Character : Dr. Jaffe

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Character : Dean Charles Stanforth

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

Character : Professor Kirke


Bridget Jones's Diary

Character : Bridget's Dad

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Character : Horace Slughorn

Moulin Rouge!

Character : Harold Zidler

Around the World in 80 Days

Character : Lord Kelvin


Character : Fenoglio

Gangs of New York

Character : William "Boss" Tweed

Hot Fuzz

Character : Inspector Frank Butterman

Vera Drake

Character : Judge

The Damned United

Character : Sam Longson

The Crying Game

Character : Col

Spider-Plant Man

Character : Batman

Richard III

Character : The Duke of Buckingham

Vanity Fair

Character : Mr. Osborne

And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself

Character : Harry Aitken


Character : John Bayley

Little Voice

Character : Mr. Boo

Widows' Peak

Character : Con Clancy

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Character : Horace Slughorn

The Avengers

Character : Mother

The Borrowers

Character : Pod Clock

Enchanted April

Character : Frederick Arbuthnot

Lost and Found

Character : Narrator (voice)

Art School Confidential

Character : Jimmy

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Character : Bridget's Dad


Character : Madame Gasket (voice)

Perrier's Bounty

Character : Jim McCrea


Character : Sergeant (voice)

Nicholas Nickleby

Character : Mr. Wackford Squeers


Character : Lord Longford

The Gathering Storm

Character : Desmond Morton

Life Is Sweet

Character : Andy

Einstein and Eddington

Character : Sir Oliver Lodge

Princess Caraboo

Character : Mr. Worrall

A Sense of History

Character : 23rd Earl of Leete

Bright Young Things

Character : The Drunken Major

Another Year

Character : Tom

Rough Magic

Character : Doc Ansell

The Magic Roundabout

Character : Brian


Character : W. S. Gilbert

The Good Father

Character : Roger Miles

The Shout

Character : Fielder in cowpat

The Young Victoria

Character : King William IV

Arthur Christmas

Character : Santa (voice)

The Hit

Character : Barrister

Blackadder's Christmas Carol

Character : Prince Albert

The Iron Lady

Character : Denis Thatcher

Wide Eyed and Legless

Character : Deric Longden

The Young Visiters

Character : Alfred Salteena


Character : Eddie (voice)


Character : Dr. Rossi

Silas Marner

Character : Jem Rodney


Character : Joseph - Orderly

Nina Conti: Her Master's Voice

Character : Himself

Closed Circuit

Character : Attorney General


Character : Samuel Gruber

Le Week-End

Character : Nick Burrows

Walter and June

Character : Orderly

The Phone Call

Character : Stan (voice)


Character : No character defined

The Harry Hill Movie

Character : Cleaner

Postman Pat: The Movie

Character : CEO (voice)

Any Human Heart

Character : Logan Mountstuart (Older)

Birth of a Nation

Character : Geoff Figg

Cloud Atlas

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

Bullets Over Broadway

Character : Warner Purcell

Smilla's Sense of Snow

Character : Dr. Lagermann

Erik the Viking

Character : Ernest the Viking (a Rapist)

And When Did You Last See Your Father?

Character : Arthur Morrison

The Secret Agent

Character : Chief Inspector Heat


Character : Garret

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Character : Jean Pierre Dubois

Intensive Care

Character : Mr Horsfall

Our Winnie

Character : Second Attendant

The Insurance Man

Character : Gutling

Big Game

Character : Herbert


Character : Father Flood

The Go-Between

Character : Old Leo

Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death

Character : The Doctor

The Lady in the Van

Character : Underwood

Get Santa

Character : Santa Claus

Bridget Jones's Baby

Character : Mr. Colin Jones

The Sense of an Ending

Character : Tony Webster

Das Wetter in geschlossenen Räumen

Character : Britischer Botschafter

Eddie the Eagle

Character : BBC Commentator


Character : No character defined

Ethel & Ernest

Character : Ernest Briggs (voice)

Tales of the Riverbank

Character : G.P. (voice)

Paddington 2

Character : Samuel Gruber

Mike Leigh: Making Plays

Character : (Archive Material)

The One and Only Mike Leigh

Character : Himself

Black '47

Character : Kilmichael

The Legend of Tarzan

Character : Prime Minister


Character : The Rabbit (voice)

Time Bandits

Character : Compere

Birds Like Us

Character : Horozovich (voice)

Long Distance Information

Character : Mackaness

Breaking Glass

Character : Station Porter

Slipp Jimmy fri

Character : Stomowskij (voice)


Character : Donald

New Town Utopia

Character : Lewis Silkin MP

King Lear

Character : Earl of Gloucester

The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle

Character : No character defined

King of Thieves

Character : Terry Perkins

The Night Club of Your Dreams: The Making of 'Moulin Rouge'

Character : No character defined

Only Fools and Horses - To Hull and Back

Character : Roy Slater

Chance Meeting

Character : No character defined

The King's Beard

Character : The Wizard (voice)

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Inspector Morse

Character : No character defined

Bird of Prey

Character : No character defined

The Great Train Robbery

Character : DCS Tommy Butler

The Academy Awards

Character : No character defined

Any Human Heart

Character : Logan Mountstuart

The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos

Character : No character defined

Percy the Park Keeper

Character : No character defined

Murder Most Horrid

Character : No character defined


Character : No character defined

Tales of the Unexpected

Character : No character defined

Victoria Wood

Character : No character defined

The Peter Principle

Character : Peter Duffley

Play for Today

Character : No character defined

The Street

Character : No character defined


Character : No character defined


Character : Don Speekingleesh, an Interpreter

London Spy

Character : Scottie

War and Peace

Character : Prince Bolkonsky

Downton Abbey

Character : Jim Broadbent

Victoria Wood As Seen On TV

Character : No character defined

Game of Thrones

Character : Archmaester Ebrose

Gone to the Dogs

Character : Jim Morley

Gone to Seed

Character : Monty Plant