Jim Broadbent

Actor | * 05/24/1949 (72) | Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England (United Kingdom (UK))
Jim Broadbent (born 24 May 1949) is an English actor. He won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his supporting role as John Bayley in the feature film Iris (2001), as well as winning a BAFTA TV Award and a Golden Globe for his leading role as Lord Longford in the television film Longford (2006). Broadbent received four BAFTA Film Award nominations and won for his performance in Moulin Rouge! (2001). He was also nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards and four Screen Actors Guild Awards. A graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 1972, Broadbent first came to prominence in the 1980s, chiefly appearing in television comedy including playing Roy Slater in the BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses. He appeared in the Terry Gilliam films Time Bandits (1981) and Brazil (1985) before a breakthrough role in Mike Leig... ()
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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.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Kids & Family

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Awards & Nominations for Jim Broadbent

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Jameson People's Choice Award for Best Actor

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Movies with Jim Broadbent as Actor(120)

as Garret2022 Magik
as (voice)2021 Charlotte
as Kempton Bunton2021 The Duke
as Father Vodol2021 A Boy Called Christmas
as Lord Thomas Badgley2020 Dolittle
as Terry Perkins2018 King of Thieves
as Lord Kilmichael2018 Black '47
as Earl of Gloucester2018 King Lear
as Lewis Silkin MP2018 New Town Utopia
as Samuel Gruber2017 Paddington 2
as Horozovich (voice)2017 Birds Like Us
as Tony Webster2017 The Sense of an Ending
as Ernest Briggs (voice)2016 Ethel & Ernest
as Mr. Colin Jones2016 Bridget Jones's Baby
as BBC Commentator2016 Eddie the Eagle
as Prime Minister2016 The Legend of Tarzan
as Underwood2015 The Lady in the Van
as Britischer Botschafter2015 The Weather Inside
as Father Flood2015 Brooklyn
as Old Leo2015 The Go-Between
as CEO (voice)2014 Postman Pat: The Movie
as Santa Claus2014 Get Santa
as Herbert2014 Big Game
as Samuel Gruber2014 Paddington
as Attorney General2013 Closed Circuit
as Dr. Rossi2013 Filth
as Cleaner2013 The Harry Hill Movie
as Stan (voice)2013 The Phone Call
as Nick Burrows2013 Le Week-End
as Captain Molyneux / Vyvyan Ayrs / Timothy Cavendish / Korean Musician / Prescient 22012 Cloud Atlas
as Santa (voice)2011 Arthur Christmas
as Denis Thatcher2011 The Iron Lady
as Tom2010 Another Year
as Logan Mountstuart (Older)2010 Any Human Heart
as Jim McCrea2009 Perrier's Bounty
as Sam Longson2009 The Damned United
as King William IV2009 The Young Victoria
as Narrator (voice)2008 Lost and Found
as Sir Oliver Lodge2008 Einstein and Eddington
as G.P. (voice)2008 Tales of the Riverbank
as Fenoglio2008 Inkheart
as Arthur Morrison2007 When Did You Last See Your Father?
as Inspector Frank Butterman2007 Hot Fuzz
as Stomowskij (voice)2006 Free Jimmy
as Lord Longford2006 Longford
as Madame Gasket (voice)2005 Robots
as Batman2005 Spider-Plant Man
as Sergeant (voice)2005 Valiant
as Brian (voice)2005 The Magic Roundabout
as Mr. Osborne2004 Vanity Fair
as Judge2004 Vera Drake
as Lord Kelvin2004 Around the World in 80 Days
as Eddie (voice)2004 Pride
as The Rabbit (voice)2004 Tooth
as The Drunken Major2003 Bright Young Things
as Alfred Salteena2003 The Young Visiters
as Mr. Wackford Squeers2002 Nicholas Nickleby
as The Wizard (voice)2002 The King's Beard
as Desmond Morton2002 The Gathering Storm
as William "Boss" Tweed2002 Gangs of New York
as Bridget's Dad2001 Bridget Jones's Diary
as Harold Zidler2001 Moulin Rouge!
as John Bayley2001 Iris
as W. S. Gilbert1999 Topsy-Turvy
as Mother1998 The Avengers
as Mr. Boo1998 Little Voice
as Dr. Lagermann1997 Smilla's Sense of Snow
as Pod Clock1997 The Borrowers
as Chief Inspector Heat1996 The Secret Agent
as The Duke of Buckingham1995 Richard III
as Doc Ansell1995 Rough Magic
as Mr. Worrall1994 Princess Caraboo
as Con Clancy1994 Widows' Peak
as Warner Purcell1994 Bullets Over Broadway
as Deric Longden1993 Wide-Eyed and Legless
as Ugly Brother / Policeman (voice)1993 Prince Cinders
as 23rd Earl of Leete1992 A Sense of History
as Col1992 The Crying Game
as Frederick Arbuthnot1991 Enchanted April
1991 Nona
as Andy1990 Life Is Sweet
as Ernest the Viking (a Rapist)1989 Erik the Viking
as Donald1988 Vroom
as Prince Albert1988 Blackadder's Christmas Carol
as Jean Pierre Dubois1987 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
as Joseph - Orderly1986 Walter
as Gutling1986 The Insurance Man
as Dr. Jaffe1985 Brazil
as Jem Rodney1985 Silas Marner
as Roger Miles1985 The Good Father
as Barrister1984 The Hit
as Priest1983 Dead on Time
as Orderly1983 Walter and June
as Geoff Figg1983 Birth of a Nation
as Compere1981 Time Bandits
as Station Porter1980 Breaking Glass
as Mackaness1979 Long Distance Information
as German Soldier1979 The Passage
as Fielder in cowpat1978 The Shout
as Spectator at Cricket Match (uncredited)1971 The Go-Between

TV Shows/Series with Jim Broadbent as Actor(23)

as Father Roberts2020 Black Narcissus
as Prince Bolkonsky2016 War and Peace
as Scottie2015 London Spy
as DCS Tommy Butler2013 The Great Train Robbery
2011 Exile
as Archmaester Ebrose2011 Game of Thrones
as himself2010 Downton Abbey
as Monty Plant1992 Gone to Seed
as Carmello1991 Performance
as Jim Morley1991 Gone to the Dogs
as Don Speekingleesh, an Interpreter1983 Blackadder
as Second Attendant1982 Objects of Affection
as Mr. Lovejoy1979 Tales of the Unexpected

Movies with Jim Broadbent as Crew(1)

Writing/Writer1992 A Sense of History

Additional Information

Official websites:
Full Name: James Broadbent
Citizenship: United Kingdom (UK)
Born: Tuesday, 05/24 1949 (May) in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England (United Kingdom (UK)) (current age: 72 years + 244 days)
Zodiac sign: Gemini (Chinese zodiac sign: Ox)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Leighton Park School
Other names for Jim Broadbent (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"James Broadbent"
Jim Broadbent frequently works together with these people:
Peter Richardson (39x, Actor)
Adrian Edmondson (31x, Actor)
Dawn French (28x, Actress)
Jennifer Saunders (27x, Actress)
Robbie Coltrane (26x, Actor)
Nigel Planer (26x, Actor)
Rik Mayall (22x, Actor)
Keith Allen (19x, Actor)
Nina Gold (12x, Crew)
Stephen Fry (10x, Actor)
Mike Leigh (10x, Crew)
Steven O'Donnell (10x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:616, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 01/04/2022