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Jim Broadbent



One of England's most versatile character actors, Jim Broadbent has been giving reliably excellent performances on the stage and screen for years. Particularly known for his numerous collaborations with director Mike Leigh, Broadbent was shown to superlative effect in Leigh's Topsy-Turvy, winning the Venice Film Festival's Volpi Cup for his portrayal of British lyricist and playwright W.S. Gilbert.

Born in Lincolnshire, England, in 1949, Broadbent trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. 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 he co-founded that performed reduced histories. In addition to his theatrical work, Broadbent did steady work on television, acting 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. He went on to work with such directors as Stephen Frears (The Hit, 1984) and Terry Gilliam (Time Bandits [1981], Brazil [1985]), but it was through his collaboration with Leigh that Broadbent first became known to an international film audience. In 1991, he starred in Leigh's Life Is Sweet, 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 and Newell's Enchanted April, 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 (1996), 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. Roles in Bridget Jones's Diary, Moulin Rogue, and Iris made 2001 quite a marquee year for Broadbent; the actor earned both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his affecting turn in Iris.



He remained one of the most respected actors of his generation and continued to work steadily for directors all over the world. In 2002 he was cast in Martin Scorsese's epic historical drama Gangs of New York. In 2003 he took a cameo part in Bright Young Things. In 2004 he returned for the Bridget Jones sequel, and took a bit part in Mike Leigh's Vera Drake. He worked in a number o animated films including Doogal, Valiant, and Robots. In 2007 he had the title role in Longford, a historical drama about the infamous Moor Murders, and the next year he was part of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls.



As the 2010's continued, Broadbent would remain a vital, respected, and beloved force on screen, appearing most memorably in projects like The Young Victoria and The Iron Lady.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
80% The Sense Of An Ending
  • Tony Webster
2017
76% Bridget Jones's Baby
  • Bridget's Dad
2016
36% The Legend of Tarzan
  • Prime Minister
2016
94% Ethel & Ernest
  • Ernest Briggs
2016
91% The Lady In The Van
  • Underwood
2015
97% Brooklyn
  • Father Flood
2015
77% Big Game
  • Herbert
2015
98% Paddington
  • Mr. Gruber
2015
No Score Yet The Go-Between
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet The Phone Call
  • Actor
2015
48% Postman Pat: The Movie
  • CEO
2014
64% Filth
  • Dr. Rossi
2014
89% Le Week-End
  • Nick Burrows
2014
77% Get Santa
  • Santa Claus
2014
43% Closed Circuit
  • Attorney General
2013
No Score Yet Lost And Found
  • Actor
2013
33% The Harry Hill Movie
  • Cleaner
2013
66% Cloud Atlas
  • Captain Molyneux/Vyvyan Ayrs/Timothy Cavendish/Korean Musici
2012
No Score Yet Her Master's Voice
  • Actor
2012
51% The Iron Lady
  • Denis Thatcher
2012
92% Arthur Christmas
  • Santa
2011
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
  • Professor Horace Slughorn
2011
No Score Yet Animals (Animaux Et Cie)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Wide-eyed And Legless
  • Actor
2011
92% Another Year
  • Tom
2010
57% Perrier's Bounty
  • Jim McCrea
2010
25% Animals United (Konferenz der Tiere)
  • Winston
2010
76% The Young Victoria
  • King William
2009
93% The Damned United
  • Sam Longson
2009
84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Professor Horace Slughorn
2009
38% Inkheart
  • Fenoglio
2009
No Score Yet Lost and Found
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Lost and Found: Sweet Lie
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Einstein and Eddington
  • Sir Oliver Lodge
2008
No Score Yet Tales of the Riverbank
  • G.P.
2008
73% When Did You Last See Your Father?
  • Arthur Morrison
  • Director
2008
77% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  • Dean Charles Stanforth
2008
91% Hot Fuzz
  • Insp. Frank Butterman
2007
100% Longford
  • Lord Longford
2007
36% Art School Confidential
  • Jimmy
2006
10% Free Jimmy (Slipp Jimmy fri)
  • Stromowskij (English language version)
2006
8% Doogal
  • Brian (UK)
2006
76% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
  • Professor Kirke
2005
31% Valiant
  • Sergeant
2005
No Score Yet Spider-Plant Man
  • Actor
2005
64% Robots
  • Madame Gasket
2005
60% The Magic Roundabout (Doogal)
  • Actor
2005
27% Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
  • Dad
2004
92% Vera Drake
  • Judge
2004
51% Vanity Fair
  • Mr. Osborne
2004
No Score Yet Pride
  • James
2004
31% Around the World in 80 Days
  • Lord Kelvin
2004
No Score Yet Tooth
  • Rabbit
2004
No Score Yet And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself
  • Harry Aitken
2003
No Score Yet The Young Visiters
  • Alfred Salteena
2003
65% Bright Young Things
  • Drunk Major
2003
77% Nicholas Nickleby
  • Wackford Squeers
2002
75% Gangs of New York
  • William "Boss" Tweed
2002
No Score Yet The King's Beard
  • The Wizard
2002
No Score Yet The Gathering Storm
  • Desmond Morton
2002
79% Iris
  • John Bayley
2001
76% Moulin Rouge!
  • Harold Zidler
2001
81% Bridget Jones's Diary
  • Bridget's Dad
2001
89% Topsy-Turvy
  • William Schwenk Gilbert
1999
No Score Yet Comic Relief: Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death
  • Actor
1999
79% Little Voice
  • Mr. Boo
1998
5% The Avengers
  • Mother
1998
73% The Borrowers
  • Pod Clock
1998
14% Rough Magic
  • Doc Ansell
1997
52% Smilla's Sense of Snow
  • Lagermann
1997
50% Joseph Conrad's 'The Secret Agent'
  • Chief Insp. Heat
1996
94% Richard III
  • Buckingham
1995
No Score Yet The Last Englishman
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Last Englishman
  • Actor
1995
96% Bullets Over Broadway
  • Warner Purcell
1994
60% Princess Caraboo
  • Mr. Worrall
1994
40% The Wedding Gift
  • Deric Longden
1994
100% Widows' Peak
  • Mr. Clancy
1994
No Score Yet Prince Cinders
  • Actor
1994
97% The Crying Game
  • Col
1992
82% Enchanted April
  • Frederick Arbuthnot
1992
100% Life Is Sweet
  • Andy
1991
No Score Yet Van Gogh
  • Actor
1990
47% Erik the Viking
  • Ernest the Viking, a Rapist
1989
No Score Yet Blackadder's Christmas Carol
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Vroom
  • Donald
1988
12% Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
  • Jean Pierre Dubois
1987
No Score Yet The Good Father
  • Roger Miles
1986
No Score Yet The Insurance Man
  • Gutling
1986
No Score Yet Running Out of Luck
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Silas Marner
  • Actor
1985
98% Brazil
  • Dr. Jaffe
1985
85% The Hit
  • Barrister
1984
No Score Yet Loving Walter
  • Actor
1982
91% Time Bandits
  • Compere
1981
67% The Dogs of War
  • Film Crew
1980
No Score Yet The Shout
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet The Passage
  • German Soldier
1979
91% Le Fond de l'air est rouge (A Grin Without a Cat) (The Base of the Air Is Red)
  • Actor
1977

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
50% Any Human Heart
2010
  • Logan Mountstuart (Older)
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Logan Mountstuart (Older)
83% London Spy
2015
  • Scottie
83% War & Peace
2016
  • Prince Bolkonsky

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