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Paul Bettany



A former Westminster Bridge busker who shot to fame in such stateside efforts as A Knight's Tale and A Beautiful Mind (both 2001), actor Paul Bettany's willingness to challenge himself by jumping genres has given him rare exposure on both sides of the Atlantic. Born in London, Bettany was raised in Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire from age nine. Introduced to acting by his father (a teacher and ex-actor who gave up the stage for the classroom) and fueled by a love of cinema (Casablanca [1942] and Brief Encounter [1945] provided Bettany with early inspiration), the aspiring actor would subsequently pursue studies at London's Drama Center. Though the popular misconception that he was raised in a "theater family" continues to shadow the actor, Bettany has publicly stated that, by the time he was around, his father was working as a teacher and his mother's days as a singer were long behind her.



Following his stage debut in the West End production of An Inspector Calls, it wasn't long before Bettany made his television debut in the U.K. mystery series Wycliffe in 1994; and his feature debut in 1997's harrowing war drama Bent showed much promise. Alternating between film and television work with such efforts as The Land Girls (1997) and Coming Home (1998) in the following years, Bettany continued to climb the credits until his breakthrough performance in 2000's Gangster No. 1. Though Bettany would return to the role of supporting player for Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) (2000), that same year's depraved black comedy Dead Babies once again found him taking the lead.



The following year would introduce the talented young actor to American audiences in the adventure comedy A Knight's Tale, as well as in the biopic A Beautiful Mind, in which he played the college roommate of troubled mathematician John Nash (Russell Crowe). In addition to providing him with an introduction to future wife Jennifer Connelly (the couple would wed in January of 2003), the film made an impact with American audiences. That same year Bettany appearred opposite Willem Dafoe in The Reckoning, and a supporting performance in director Lars von Trier's 2003 thriller Dogville kept audiences hungering for more. Later re-teaming with A Beautiful Mind co-star Crowe for director Peter Weir's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Bettany would next make his first foray into romantic comedy territory opposite Kirsten Dunst in Wimbledon.



Action/adventure roles would prove to be a bread and butter for Bettany as the 2000's continued, with roles in Firewall, The Da Vinci Code, Inkheart, The Tourist, Priest, and even a turn as the voice of Jarvis in Iron Man (a role he would return to for subsuquent sequels, as well as The Avengers).

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Official Secrets
  • Actor
2017
90% Captain America: Civil War
  • Vision
2016
61% Legend
  • Actor
2015
41% Shelter
  • Screenwriter
2015
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • The Vision
2015
12% Mortdecai
  • Jock
2015
19% Transcendence
  • Max Waters
2014
50% Blood
  • Joe Fairburn
2013
79% Iron Man 3
  • Jarvis
2013
31% A Man's Story
  • Actor
2012
92% Marvel's The Avengers
  • Jarvis
2012
88% Margin Call
  • Will Emerson
2011
15% Priest
  • Priest
2011
20% The Tourist
  • Inspector John Acheson
2010
72% Iron Man 2
  • Jarvis
2010
19% Legion
  • Michael
2010
46% Creation
  • Charles Darwin
2010
76% The Young Victoria
  • Lord Melbourne
2009
No Score Yet Born
  • Actor
2009
38% Inkheart
  • Dustfinger
2009
58% The Secret Life of Bees
  • T. Ray Owens
2008
43% Broken Lines
  • Chester
2008
25% The Da Vinci Code
  • Silas
2006
19% Firewall
  • Bill Cox
2006
No Score Yet Stories of Lost Souls
  • Y
2005
60% Wimbledon
  • Peter Colt
2004
85% Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • Dr. Stephen Maturin
2003
50% The Heart of Me
  • Rickie
2003
70% Dogville
  • Tom Edison Jr.
2003
75% A Beautiful Mind
  • Charles
2001
No Score Yet Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang)
  • Jimmy
2001
58% A Knight's Tale
  • Chaucer
2001
No Score Yet Mood Swingers
  • Quentin
2001
No Score Yet The Suicide Club
  • Shaw
2000
71% Gangster No. 1
  • Young Gangster
2000
No Score Yet Dead Babies
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet After the Rain
  • Steph
1999
No Score Yet Every Woman Knows a Secret
  • Rob
1999
61% The Land Girls
  • Philip
1998
No Score Yet Killer Net
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Coming Home
  • Actor
1998
67% Bent
  • Captain
1997
No Score Yet Sharpe's Waterloo
  • Actor
1997

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
78% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest

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