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)
Mary and the Witch's Flower (2017)
Paddington 2 (2017)
Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
War & Peace (2016)
London Spy (2015)
The Go-Between (2015)
The Weather Inside (2015)
Eddie the Eagle (2015)
The Lady in the Van (2015)
Brooklyn (2015)
Get Santa (2014)
Big Game (2014)
Postman Pat (2014)
Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the Gods (2014)
Julie Walters: A Life on Screen (2014)
Paddington (2014)
Donald Campbell: Speed King (2013)
Closed Circuit (2013)
Le Week-End (2013)
Filth (2013)
The Great Train Robbery (2013)
The Harry Hill Movie (2013)
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Her Master's Voice (2012)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
Game of Thrones (2011)
The Iron Lady (2011)
Arthur Christmas (2011)
Animals United (2010)
Another Year (2010)
Any Human Heart (2010)
Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 2: Characters (2009)
The Damned United (2009)
Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009)
The Young Victoria (2009)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Perrier's Bounty (2009)
Tales of the Riverbank (2008)
Blackadder Rides Again (2008)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Bläckhjärta (2008)
Einstein and Eddington (2008)
When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007)
Hot Fuzz (2007)
The Street (2006)
Art School Confidential (2006)
Longford (2006)
Free Jimmy (2006)
Spider-Plant Man (2005)
The Green Green Grass (2005)
Robots (2005)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
Sprung! The Magic Roundabout (2005)
Valiant (2005)
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)
Pride (2004)
Tooth (2004)
Vanity Fair (2004)
Around the World in 80 Days (2004)
Vera Drake (2004)
Bright Young Things (2003)
And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
Imagine (2003)
Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
The Gathering Storm (2002)
Gangs of New York (2002)
The King's Beard (2002)
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
Iris (2001)
Comic Relief: Doctor Who - The Curse of Fatal Death (1999)
Topsy-Turvy (1999)
The Avengers (1998)
Little Voice (1998)
Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997)
The Borrowers (1997)
The Secret Agent (1996)
Richard III (1995)
Rough Magic (1995)
Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Widows' Peak (1994)
Princess Caraboo (1994)
The Crying Game (1992)
Murder Most Horrid (1991)
Enchanted April (1991)
Life Is Sweet (1990)
Erik the Viking (1989)
Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988)
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Running Out of Luck (1987)
Inspector Morse (1987)
Screen Two The Insurance Man (1986)
Brazil (1985)
The Good Father (1985)
The Hit (1984)
The Black Adder (1982)
The Comic Strip Presents... (1982)
Walter (1982)
Time Bandits (1981)
Only Fools and Horses (1981)
Breaking Glass (1980)
The Dogs of War (1980)
Tales of the Unexpected (1979)
The Passage (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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