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Jim Broadbent

Birth Name: 
James Broadbent
Birthday: 
Tuesday, May 24, 1949
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Birth Place: 
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
Height: 
6'1"

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. (IMDb)

Awards and Nominations

2002 - Won - Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Iris)

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James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Ashley Jensen have joined the voice cast of Arthur Christmas, a 3D, CG-animated family comedy from Aardman Animations.... Read more
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To say Cloud Atlas is an ambitious title would be an understatement. Translating a novel into a film is difficult enough, and Cloud Atlas features six intertwining stories across various time periods.... Read more
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I heard about this little movie called The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep but didn’t pay to much attention to it. I knew it was about one time (and only) female Prime Minister Margret Thatcher. I figured that it would be a dry British film about politics so avoided it.... Read more
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Every year there is a plethora of holiday movies that take advantage of the winter season. Some are good but the majority of them are just a desperate attempt at making a quick buck.... Read more
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (BLU-RAY)

I will go ahead and say that I am an unashamed Harry Potter fan.  I have enjoyed each movie more and more as the story and characters have aged and become darker and darker.  I stopped reading the books after the third so, aside from hearing spoilers, the movies are completely new to me at this p... Read more
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Mother nature certainly helped to set the atmosphere for my viewing! Very cool to walk out of a dark theater to find rolling storm clouds overhead! For half a second I thought I actually saw Voldemort!  ... Read more
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