Jim Broadbent

Jim Broadbent

  • Birthday: 1949-05-24
  • Place of birth: Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, UK
  • Also know as: James 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 (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.

Filmography

Lost and Found

2008

As Narrator (voice)

Longford

2006

As Lord Longford

Princess Caraboo

1994

As Mr. Worrall

A Sense of History

1992

As 23rd Earl of Leete

Another Year

2010

As Tom

Topsy-Turvy

1999

As W. S. Gilbert

The Young Visiters

2003

As Alfred Salteena

Le Week-End

2013

As Nick Burrows

Bullets Over Broadway

1994

As Warner Purcell

When Did You Last See Your Father?

2007

As Arthur Morrison

Get Santa

2014

As Santa Claus

The Sense of an Ending

2017

As Tony Webster

The Duke

2021

As Kempton Bunton

The Borrowers

1997

As Pod Clock

Life Is Sweet

1990

As Andy

The Good Father

1985

As Roger Miles

Wide-Eyed and Legless

1993

As Deric Longden

The Phone Call

2013

As Stan (voice)

Postman Pat: The Movie

2014

As CEO (voice)

Birth of a Nation

1983

As Geoff Figg

Ethel & Ernest

2016

As Ernest Briggs (voice)

Tales of the Riverbank

2008

As G.P. (voice)

New Town Utopia

2018

As Lewis Silkin MP

King of Thieves

2018

As Terry Perkins

The King's Beard

2002

As The Wizard (voice)

Hot Fuzz

2007

As Inspector Frank Butterman

Richard III

1995

As The Duke of Buckingham

Iris

2001

As John Bayley

Perrier's Bounty

2009

As Jim McCrea

Nicholas Nickleby

2002

As Mr. Wackford Squeers

The Gathering Storm

2002

As Desmond Morton

Rough Magic

1995

As Doc Ansell

Walter and June

1983

As Orderly

Nona

1991

As Carmelo

Any Human Heart

2010

As Logan Mountstuart (Older)

Cloud Atlas

2012

As Captain Molyneux / Vyvyan Ayrs / Timothy Cavendish / Korean Musician / Prescient 2

The Secret Agent

1996

As Chief Inspector Heat

The Go-Between

2015

As Old Leo

Dead on Time

1983

As Priest

Prince Cinders

1993

As Ugly Brother / Policeman (voice)

Moulin Rouge!

2001

As Harold Zidler

Around the World in 80 Days

2004

As Lord Kelvin

Gangs of New York

2002

As William "Boss" Tweed

The Damned United

2009

As Sam Longson

Spider-Plant Man

2005

As Batman

Valiant

2005

As Sergeant (voice)

Arthur Christmas

2011

As Santa (voice)

The Iron Lady

2011

As Denis Thatcher

Closed Circuit

2013

As Attorney General

Smilla's Sense of Snow

1997

As Dr. Lagermann

Brooklyn

2015

As Father Flood

Bridget Jones's Baby

2016

As Mr. Colin Jones

The Weather Inside

2015

As Britischer Botschafter

Birds Like Us

2022

As Horozovich (voice)

King Lear

2018

As Earl of Gloucester

Six Minutes to Midnight

2020

As Charlie

Dolittle

2020

As Lord Thomas Badgley

Bridget Jones's Diary

2001

As Bridget's Dad

Little Voice

1998

As Mr. Boo

Widows' Peak

1994

As Con Clancy

The Avengers

1998

As Mother

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

2004

As Bridget's Dad

Robots

2005

As Madame Gasket (voice)

The Young Victoria

2009

As King William IV

Pride

2004

As Eddie (voice)

Magik

0000

As Garret

The Insurance Man

1986

As Gutling

Inkheart

2008

As Fenoglio

Einstein and Eddington

2008

As Sir Oliver Lodge

Filth

2013

As Dr. Rossi

Uliisses

1982

As

The Legend of Tarzan

2016

As Prime Minister

Long Distance Information

1979

As Mackaness

Free Jimmy

2006

As Stomowskij (voice)

Charlotte

2022

As Grosspapa (voice)

Vanity Fair

2004

As Mr. Osborne

Enchanted April

1991

As Frederick Arbuthnot

The Hit

1984

As Barrister

Eddie the Eagle

2016

As BBC Commentator

Paddington

2014

As Samuel Gruber

Big Game

2014

As Herbert

Black '47

2018

As Lord Kilmichael

The Harry Hill Movie

2013

As Cleaner

Tooth

2004

As The Rabbit (voice)

Blackadder's Christmas Carol

1988

As Prince Albert

Brazil

1985

As Dr. Jaffe

The Crying Game

1992

As Col

The Magic Roundabout

2005

As Brian (voice)

The Lady in the Van

2015

As Underwood

Paddington 2

2017

As Samuel Gruber

Vroom

1988

As Donald

The Shout

1978

As Fielder in cowpat

Walter

1982

As Joseph - Orderly

Bright Young Things

2003

As The Drunken Major

Silas Marner

1985

As Jem Rodney

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

1987

As Jean Pierre Dubois

Intensive Care

1982

As Mr Horsfall

The Passage

1979

As German Soldier

The Go-Between

1971

As Spectator at Cricket Match (uncredited)

Erik the Viking

1989

As Ernest the Viking (a Rapist)

Mike Leigh: Making Plays

1982

As (Archive Material)

Vera Drake

2004

As Judge

Breaking Glass

1980

As Station Porter

Time Bandits

1981

As Compere

Happy Feet

1991

As Grocer

Production

A Sense of History

1992

As Writer

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