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Jim Broadbent

Jim Broadbent won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of John Bayley, opposite Judi Dench, in Richard Eyre's Iris.

Among his many other films are Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits and Brazil, Mike Newell's The Good Father and Enchanted April, Neil Jordan's The Crying Game, Woody Allen's Bullets over Broadway, Richard Loncraine's Richard III and The Gathering Storm (for HBO, which brought him another Golden Globe Award nomination as well as an Emmy Award nomination), Mark Herman's Little Voice, Baz Luhrmann's Academy Award-winning Moulin Rouge! (for which he won a BAFTA Award); Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York, Stephen Fry's Bright Young Things, Sharon Maguire's Bridget Jones's Diary and Beeban Kidron's Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason; Mira Nair's Vanity Fair; Andrew Adamson's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; Iain Softley's upcoming Inkheart; and Anand Tucker's soon-to-be-released And When Did You Last See Your Father?, in which he stars opposite Colin Firth.

He has collaborated several times with Mike Leigh, starring for the filmmaker in Life is Sweet, the Academy Award-winning Topsy-Turvy, Vera Drake, and the short feature A Sense of History (which Mr. Broadbent also wrote). The two have also teamed on stagings of Goosepimples, Ecstasy, and Clay.

Mr. Broadbent began his career as an assistant stage manager at the Regent Park Open Air Theatre. In addition to the previously mentioned stage work as an actor, he has starred in Sam Mendes' Donmar Warehouse production of Habeas Corpus. Richard Eyre directed him in the Royal Court production of Kafka's Dick and in the National Theatre production of The Government Inspector. He was a longtime member of the National Theatre of Brent, appearing in productions of The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Complete Guide to Sex, and The Messiah.

More recently, he starred in the Royal National Theatre stagings of The Pillowman and Theatre of Blood.

He has also made several appearances on television over the years, ranging from Tales of the Unexpected to Blackadder to The Street to the acclaimed recent telefilm Longford (directed by Tom Hooper).

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Jim Broadbent Facts

BirthdayMay 24, 1949 (74)
BirthplaceLincoln, England, United Kingdom
Height6' 1½" (1m87)  How tall is Jim Broadbent compared to you?
Awards2008 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie (for Longford)
2002 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor (for Iris)
2002 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture (for Iris)
2002 BAFTA Awards: Actor in a Supporting Role (for Moulin Rouge)

Selected Filmography

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
The Gathering Storm
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
The Young Victoria
Moulin Rouge
Postman Pat
Closed Circuit
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