Jim Broadbent

24 May 1949

Actor

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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Filmography (75 titles)

(movie, 2017)
···Paddington 2
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Animation
Role: Actor (as Samuel Gruber)
(movie, 2017)
···メアリと魔女の花
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Animation, Science Fiction
Role: Actor
(movie, 2016)
···Bridget Jones's Baby
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Mr. Colin Jones)
(movie, 2016)
···The Legend of Tarzan
Genre: Action, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Prime Minister)
(movie, 2016)
···Eddie the Eagle
Genre: History, Drama, Comedy
Role: Actor (as BBC Commentator)
(movie, 2015)
···The Lady in the Van
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Underwood)
(movie, 2015)
···Brooklyn
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Father Flood)
(movie, 2015)
···The Go-Between
Genre: TV Movie, Drama
Role: Actor (as Older Leo)
(movie, 2014)
···Get Santa
Genre: Comedy, Family
Role: Actor
(movie, 2014)
···Paddington
Genre: Family, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Mr. Gruber)
(movie, 2014)
···Big Game
Genre: Action, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Herbert)
(movie, 2014)
···Postman Pat: The Movie
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Family
Role: Actor (as (voice))
(movie, 2013)
···The Harry Hill Movie
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Cleaner)
(movie, 2013)
···The Great Train Robbery
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as DI Frank Williams)
(movie, 2013)
···Le Week-End
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Nick Burrows)
(movie, 2013)
···The Phone Call
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor
(movie, 2013)
···Filth
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Dr. Rossi)
(movie, 2013)
···Closed Circuit
Genre: Mystery, Drama, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Attorney General)
(movie, 2012)
9.5Cloud Atlas
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Captain Molyneux · Vyvyan Ayrs · Timothy Cavendish · Korean Musician · Prescient 2)
(movie, 2011)
···The Iron Lady
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Denis Thatcher)
Genre: Family, Fantasy, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Horace Slughorn)
(movie, 2011)
···Arthur Christmas
Genre: Drama, Animation, Family, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Santa (voice))
(movie, 2010)
···Another Year
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Tom)
(movie, 2010)
···Konferenz der Tiere
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Role: Actor (as Winston)
(movie, 2009)
···Perrier's Bounty
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Jim McCrea)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Family
Role: Actor (as Horace Slughorn)
(movie, 2009)
···The Damned United
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Sam Longson)
(movie, 2009)
···The Young Victoria
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Role: Actor (as King William)
(movie, 2008)
···Lost and Found
Genre: Animation
Role: Actor (as Narrator (voice))
(movie, 2008)
···Inkheart
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Fenoglio)
(movie, 2008)
···Einstein and Eddington
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Sir Oliver Lodge)
Genre: Adventure, Action
Role: Actor (as Dean Charles Stanforth)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Arthur)
(movie, 2007)
···Hot Fuzz
Genre: Crime, Action, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Inspector Frank Butterman)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Role: Actor (as Arthur)
(movie, 2006)
···Art School Confidential
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Jimmy)
(movie, 2006)
···Longford
Genre: Drama, Crime, Biography
Role: Actor (as Lord Longford)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Professor Kirke)
(movie, 2005)
···Valiant
Genre: Animation
Role: Actor (as Sergeant (voice))
(movie, 2005)
···Spider-Plant Man
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Batman)
(movie, 2005)
···Robots
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Madame Gasket (voice))
(movie, 2005)
···Around the World in 80 Days
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Lord Kelvin)
(movie, 2005)
···The Magic Roundabout
Genre: Animation, Family
Role: Actor (as Brian)
(movie, 2005)
···Vera Drake
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Judge)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Bridget's Dad)
(movie, 2004)
···Vanity Fair
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Mr. Osborne)
(movie, 2003)
···The Young Visiters
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Family
Role: Actor (as Alfred Salteena)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War, Action
Role: Actor (as Harry Aitken)
(movie, 2002)
8.3Gangs of New York
Genre: Drama, History, Crime
Role: Actor (as William "Boss" Tweed)
(movie, 2002)
···The Gathering Storm
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Desmond Morton)
(movie, 2002)
···The King's Beard
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Family, Musical
Role: Actor (as The Wizard)
(movie, 2001)
···Iris
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as John Bayley)
(movie, 2001)
7.5Bridget Jones's Diary
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Role: Actor (as Bridget's Dad)
(movie, 2001)
···Moulin Rouge!
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Harold Zidler)
(movie, 2001)
···Moulin Rouge!
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Role: Actor (as Harold Zidler)
(movie, 1999)
···Topsy-Turvy
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Role: Actor (as W. S. Gilbert)
Genre: Comedy, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as The Doctor)
(movie, 1998)
···The Avengers
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Mother)
(movie, 1997)
···The Borrowers
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Action, Comedy, Family
Role: Actor (as Pod Clock)
(movie, 1997)
···Smilla's Sense of Snow
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Dr. Lagermann)
(movie, 1996)
···The Secret Agent
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Chief Inspector Heat)
(movie, 1995)
···Richard III
Genre: Drama, War
Role: Actor (as The Duke of Buckingham)
(movie, 1995)
···Rough Magic
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Doc Ansell)
(movie, 1994)
···Bullets Over Broadway
Genre: Action, Comedy, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Warner Purcell)
(movie, 1994)
···Princess Caraboo
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Mr. Worrall)
(movie, 1993)
···Prince Cinders
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Role: Actor (as Ugly Brother · Policeman)
(movie, 1992)
···The Crying Game
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Romance
Role: Actor (as Col)
(movie, 1991)
···Enchanted April
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Romance
Role: Actor (as Frederick Arbuthnot)
(movie, 1990)
···Life Is Sweet
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Andy)
(movie, 1989)
···Erik the Viking
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Ernest the Viking (a Rapist))
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Jean Pierre Dubois)
(movie, 1985)
9.0Brazil
Genre: Comedy, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Dr. Jaffe)
(movie, 1985)
···The Good Father
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Roger Miles)
(movie, 1984)
···The Hit
Genre: Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime
Role: Actor (as Barrister)
(series, 1984)
···Bird of Prey 2
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as DI Stanley Richardson)