Jim Broadbent

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Real Name: James Broadbent
Birth Place: Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, UK
Birth Date: May 24, 1949
Occupation: Actor, Writer, Soundtrack

Jim Broadbent Biography


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 (1991), 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.

Jim Broadbent Movies / TV-Shows


King of Thieves (2018)
The Sense of an Ending (2017)
Paddington 2 (2017)
Mary and the Witch's Flower (2017)
War & Peace (2016)
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)
The Go-Between (2015)
London Spy (2015)
Brooklyn (2015)
The Lady in the Van (2015)
Eddie the Eagle (2015)
The Weather Inside (2015)
Postman Pat: The Movie (2014)
Get Santa (2014)
Paddington (2014)
Big Game (2014)
Julie Walters: A Life on Screen (2014)
Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the Gods (2014)
Filth (2013)
Closed Circuit (2013)
The Great Train Robbery (2013)
Donald Campbell: Speed King (2013)
The Harry Hill Movie (2013)
Le Week-end (2013)
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Her Master's Voice (2012)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
Arthur Christmas (2011)
The Iron Lady (2011)
Game of Thrones (2011)
Animals United (2010)
Any Human Heart (2010)
Another Year (2010)
The Young Victoria (2009)
Perrier's Bounty (2009)
The Damned United (2009)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009)
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 2: Characters (2009)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Inkheart (2008)
Tales of the Riverbank (2008)
Einstein and Eddington (2008)
Blackadder Rides Again (2008)
Hot Fuzz (2007)
When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007)
Free Jimmy (2006)
The Street (2006)
Longford (2006)
Art School Confidential (2006)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
Robots (2005)
Valiant (2005)
Dougal (2005)
Spider-Plant Man (2005)
The Green Green Grass (2005)
Tooth (2004)
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)
Around the World in 80 Days (2004)
Vanity Fair (2004)
Vera Drake (2004)
Pride (2004)
Bright Young Things (2003)
And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
Imagine (2003)
Gangs of New York (2002)
Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
The King's Beard (2002)
The Gathering Storm (2002)
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Iris (2001)
Topsy-Turvy (1999)
Comic Relief: Doctor Who - The Curse of Fatal Death (1999)
The Avengers (1998)
Little Voice (1998)
The Borrowers (1997)
Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997)
The Secret Agent (1996)
Richard III (1995)
Rough Magic (1995)
Princess Caraboo (1994)
Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Widows' Peak (1994)
The Crying Game (1992)
Enchanted April (1991)
Murder Most Horrid (1991)
Life Is Sweet (1990)
Erik the Viking (1989)
Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988)
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Inspector Morse (1987)
Running Out of Luck (1987)
Screen Two The Insurance Man (1986)
The Good Father (1985)
Brazil (1985)
The Hit (1984)
The Comic Strip Presents... (1982)
Blackadder (1982)
Walter (1982)
Time Bandits (1981)
Only Fools and Horses (1981)
The Dogs of War (1980)
Breaking Glass (1980)
The Passage (1979)
Tales of the Unexpected (1979)
Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979)
The Shout (1978)
Arena (1975)
The Go-Between (1971)
Play for Today (1970)
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