Paul Bettany

Paul Bettany

Highest Rated: 91% Journey's End (2017)

Lowest Rated: 12% Mortdecai (2015)

Birthday: May 27, 1971

Birthplace: Harlesden, London, England, UK

With his fair-haired charm and refined voice, British actor Paul Bettany established himself as a gifted actor well before catapulting to blockbuster fame as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Born in London to a family rooted in the theater, he began performing as a teenager before attending the Drama Centre. He soon began earning roles on stage, including appearing in Royal Shakespeare Company productions of "Richard III" and "Romeo and Juliet." He made his screen debut with an appearance on the crime drama "Wycliffe" (ITV, 1993-98). His film debut came when he joined Clive Owens and Jude Law for the drama "Bent" (1997). Mixing stage and TV roles, the actor soon earned the lead in the crime drama "Gangster No. 1" (2000). That brought him to the attention of Hollywood, and he was cast as Chaucer alongside Heath Ledger's jousting champion in "A Knight's Tale" (2001). He then appeared with Russell Crowe in Ron Howard's Oscar-winning drama "A Beautiful Mind" (2001), where he met his future wife, actress Jennifer Connelly. After appearing in Lars von Trier's "Dogville" (2003), he once again paired with Crowe for the high seas drama "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" (2003). Returning to a leading man role, he appeared opposite Kirsten Dunst in the tennis romance "Wimbledon." One of the other actor's in that film, fledging director Jon Favreau, started Bettany down a long path to superhero status when he used him as the voice of Tony Stark's computer J.A.R.V.I.S. in "Iron Man" (2005). The actor continued working steadily in Hollywood, including playing the murderous monk, Silas, in the Tom Hanks' action thriller "The Da Vinci Code" (2006). He also had the opportunity to work again with Connelly in "Inkheart" (2008) and when he played Charles Darwin in "Creation" (2009). In the MCU, he continued to voice J.A.R.V.I.S. in the films "Iron Man 2" (2010), "The Avengers" (2012), and "Iron Man 3" (2013). Bettany finally got to join the onscreen action when his computer alter ego transitioned into the android superhero The Vision in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015). From then on, he became a prime component of the Marvel films, appearing as the character in "Captain America: Civil War" (2016) and "Avengers: Infinity War" (2018). Outside of his Marvel commitments, the actor formed a loose partnership with Johnny Depp, joining him for three films, "The Tourist" (2010), "Transcendence" (2014), and "Mortdecai" (2016). He also starred as the archangel Michael in "Legion" (2010) and as a vampire hunting clergyman in "Priest" (2011). In addition, he made his directorial debut with "Shelter" (2014), featuring Connelly and his future "Avengers" costar Anthony Mackie. On television, he appeared as notorious criminal Ted Kaczynski in "Manhunt: Unabomber" (Discovery Channel, 2017-). Already a part of cinematic lore, he then joined the expansive "Star Wars" universe when he played Dryden Voss in "Solo: A Star Wars Story" (2018).

Highest rated movies

Journey's End Captain America: Civil War
Margin Call
Avengers: Infinity War Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Iron Man 3 Uncle Frank Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
78% 84% Uncle Frank Frank Bledsoe (Character) - 2020
69% 64% Solo: A Star Wars Story Dryden Vos (Character) $213.8M 2018
85% 91% Avengers: Infinity War Vision (Character) $678.8M 2018
91% 71% Journey's End Osborne (Character) $132.4K 2017
90% 89% Captain America: Civil War Vision (Character) $408.1M 2016
61% 59% Legend Charlie Richardson (Character) $1.9M 2015
76% 83% Avengers: Age of Ultron Jarvis/The Vision (Character) $459.0M 2015
12% 30% Mortdecai Jock Strapp (Character) $7.7M 2015
46% 49% Shelter Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 2014
19% 37% Transcendence Max Waters (Character) $23.0M 2014
79% 78% Iron Man 3 Jarvis (Character) $409.0M 2013
55% 33% Blood Joe Fairburn (Character) - 2012
87% 74% Margin Call Will Emerson (Character) $5.4M 2011
15% 46% Priest Priest (Character) $29.1M 2011
33% 40% A Man's Story Unknown (Character) - 2010
20% 42% The Tourist Inspector John Acheson (Character) $67.6M 2010
18% 31% Legion Michael (Character) $40.2M 2010
47% 49% Creation Charles Darwin (Character) $340.6K 2009
76% 74% The Young Victoria Lord Melbourne (Character) $11.0M 2009
39% 45% Inkheart Dustfinger (Character) $17.3M 2008
59% 78% The Secret Life of Bees T. Ray Owens (Character) $37.8M 2008
56% No Score Yet Broken Lines Chester (Character) - 2008
25% 57% The Da Vinci Code Silas (Character) $217.5M 2006
18% 37% Firewall Bill Cox (Character) $48.7M 2006
39% 56% The Reckoning Nicholas (Character) $256.6K 2004
No Score Yet 23% Stories of Lost Souls Unknown (Character) - 2004
61% 57% Wimbledon Peter Colt (Character) $16.8M 2004
69% 89% Dogville Tom Edison (Character) $1.5M 2003
85% 80% Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Dr. Stephen Maturin (Character) $93.9M 2003
48% 61% The Heart of Me Rickie Masters (Character) $196.1K 2002
74% 93% A Beautiful Mind Charles (Character) $170.7M 2001
59% 79% A Knight's Tale Chaucer (Character) $56.1M 2001
No Score Yet 63% Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) Jimmy (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 50% Dead Babies Unknown (Character) - 2001
71% 77% Gangster No. 1 Young Gangster (Character) $30.9K 2000
No Score Yet 68% The Suicide Club Shaw (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 60% After the Rain Steph (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Every Woman Knows a Secret Rob (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 64% Killer Net Joe Hunter (Character) - 1998
61% 52% The Land Girls Philip (Character) $213.9K 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sharpe's Waterloo Prince William of Orange (Character) - 1997
74% 77% Bent Captain (Character) $418.2K 1997

TV

Credit
89% 71% A Very British Scandal Ian Campbell, Duke of Argyll (Character) 2021
94% 94% What If...? Vision (Voice) 2021
No Score Yet 85% Marvel Studios: Assembled Self 2021
91% 88% WandaVision Vision (Character) 2021
96% 82% Manhunt Ted Kaczynski (Character) 2017