Jim Broadbent

Actor, Stage manager
Revered British character actor Jim Broadbent became one of the most prolific and diverse talents in film and television with award-winning performances on both sides of the Atlantic. Early work on the stages of London ... Read more »
Born: 05/24/1949 in Lincolnshire, England, GB


Actor (88)

London Spy 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)


Big Game 2015 (Movie)

Herbert (Actor)

Brooklyn 2015 (Movie)

Father Flood (Actor)

Paddington 2015 (Movie)

Mr. Gruber (Actor)

The Lady in the Van 2015 (Movie)

Underwood (Actor)

The Phone Call 2015 (Movie)


Filth 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Rossi (Actor)

Get Santa 2014 (Movie)

Santa Claus (Actor)

Le Week-End 2014 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

Postman Pat: The Movie 3D 2014 (Movie)

CEO (Voice)

Tales of the Riverbank 2014 (Movie)

Voice (Actor)

The Wedding Contract 2014 (Movie)

(has been mentioned for a role.) (Actor)

Closed Circuit 2013 (Movie)

Attorney General (Actor)

The Harry Hill Movie 2013 (Movie)

Cleaner (Actor)

Cloud Atlas 2012 (Movie)

Captain Molyneux / Vyvyan Ayrs / Timothy Cavendish / Korean Musician / Prescient 2 (Actor)

Any Human Heart 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)


Arthur Christmas 2011 (Movie)

Santa (Voice)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2011 (Movie)

Professor Horace Slughorn (Actor)

The Iron Lady 2011 (Movie)

Denis Thatcher (Actor)

Animals United 2010 (Movie)


Another Year 2010 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Perrier's Bounty 2010 (Movie)

Jim (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 (Movie)

Professor Horace Slughorn (Actor)

Inkheart 2009 (Movie)

Fenoglio (Actor)

The Damned United 2009 (Movie)

Sam Longson (Actor)

The Young Victoria 2009 (Movie)

King William (Actor)

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 (Movie)

Dean Charles Stanforth (Actor)

When Did You Last See Your Father? 2008 (Movie)

Arthur Morrison (Actor)

Hot Fuzz 2007 (Movie)

Inspector Frank Butterman (Actor)

Art School Confidential 2006 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

Slipp Jimmy Fri 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Stromowskij (Actor)

The Street 2006 (Tv Show)


Robots 2005 (Movie)

Madame Gasket (Voice)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 2005 (Movie)

Professor Digory Kirke (Actor)

The Magic Roundabout 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Brian (Actor)

Valiant 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Sarge (Voice)

Around the World in 80 Days 2004 (Movie)

Lord Kelvin (Actor)

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 2004 (Movie)

Dad (Actor)

Bright Young Things 2004 (Movie)

Drunken Major (Actor)

Pride 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)


Tooth 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Rabbit (Actor)

Vanity Fair 2004 (Movie)

Mr Osborne (Actor)

Gangs of New York 2002 (Movie)

William "Boss" Tweed (Actor)

Iris Murdoch: Strange Love 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


Nicholas Nickleby 2002 (Movie)

Wackford Squeers (Actor)

The Lonely War 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


Bridget Jones's Diary 2001 (Movie)

Bridget's Dad (Actor)

Iris 2001 (Movie)

John Bayley (Actor)

Moulin Rouge 2001 (Movie)

Zidler (Actor)

Topsy-Turvy 1999 (Movie)

William Schwenck Gilbert (Actor)

Little Voice 1998 (Movie)

Mr Boo (Actor)

The Avengers 1998 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

The Borrowers 1998 (Movie)

Pod Clock (Actor)

Rough Magic 1997 (Movie)

Doc Ansell (Actor)

Smilla's Sense Of Snow 1997 (Movie)

Lagermann (Actor)

The Secret Agent 1996 (Movie)

Chief Inspector Heat (Actor)

Absolute Conviction 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Richard III 1995 (Movie)

Duke of Buckingham (Actor)

Bullets Over Broadway 1994 (Movie)

Warner Purcell (Actor)

Princess Caraboo 1994 (Movie)

Mr Worrall (Actor)

Widow's Peak 1994 (Movie)

Clancy (Actor)

A Sense of History 1992 (Movie)

23rd Earl of Leete (Actor)

The Crying Game 1992 (Movie)

Col (Actor)

Enchanted April 1991 (Movie)

Frederick Arbuthnot (Actor)

Life Is Sweet 1991 (Movie)

Andy (Actor)

Erik the Viking 1989 (Movie)

Ernest the Viking--A Rapist (Actor)

The Miser 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Vroom 1988 (Movie)

Donald (Actor)

Superman IV: the Quest for Peace 1987 (Movie)

Jean-Pierre Dubois (Actor)

The Good Father 1987 (Movie)

Roger Miles (Actor)

Brazil 1985 (Movie)

Dr Jaffe (Actor)

The Insurance Man 1984 (Movie)

Gutling (Actor)

The Hit 1983 (Movie)

Barrister (Actor)

Time Bandits 1981 (Movie)

Compere (Actor)

Breaking Glass 1980 (Movie)

Station Porter (Actor)

The Dogs of War 1979 (Movie)

Film Crewman (Actor)

Phoelix 1978 (Movie)


The Shout 1978 (Movie)


The Life Story of Baal 1977 (Movie)

Woodcutter (Actor)

Longford (TV Show)


Silas Marner (TV Show)


The Gathering Storm (TV Show)


The Wedding Gift (TV Show)


The Young Visiters (TV Show)


Van Gogh (Movie)


War and Peace (TV Show)

Music (2)

Hot Fuzz 2007 (Movie)

("Happy Birthday") (Song Performer)

Moulin Rouge 2001 (Movie)

("Zidler's Ray (Medley--contains 'Lady Marmalade' 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' 'Because We Can')" "Sparking Diamonds (Medley--contains 'Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend' 'Material Girl' 'Rans')" "The Pitch (Medley--contains 'Can Can' 'Sound of Music' 'Your (Song Performer)
Writer (1)

A Sense of History 1992 (Movie)



Revered British character actor Jim Broadbent became one of the most prolific and diverse talents in film and television with award-winning performances on both sides of the Atlantic. Early work on the stages of London with director Mike Leigh and film directors like Stephen Frears and Terry Gilliam in "The Hit" (1985) and "Brazil" (1985), respectively, paved the way for more prominent feature work in Leigh's "Life Is Sweet" (1991). Following a slew of notable supporting roles, the actor truly came into his own in a pair of musical spectaculars: Leigh's ode to Gilbert & Sullivan, "Topsy-Turvy" (1999) and Baz Luhrmann's psychedelic pastiche "Moulin Rouge!" (2001). After lending his uniquely eccentric charm to the proceedings of "Bridget Jones' Diary" (2001), Broadbent delivered an Oscar-winning performance as the loving but frustrated husband of a novelist (Judi Dench) suffering from Alzheimer's in the biopic "Iris" (2001). More accolades came for his work on television in such highly regarded projects as "The Gathering Storm" (HBO, 2002) and "Longford" (HBO, 2006). Although known for intimate character dramas, Broadbent was also a constant presence in such blockbuster fare as "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008) and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (2009). Recognized for his quirky character interpretations, it was the intrinsic humanity that Broadbent brought to each of his roles that earned him a reputation as one of most accomplished actors of his generation.


Roy Broadbent

Helped convert a church into a theater that was later named in his honor

Dee Broadbent

Died of Alzheimer's disease 1995 at age 81

Anastasia Lewis

Married 1987


Leighton Park School


London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art




Played multiple roles in "Cloud Atlas," based on David Mitchell's 2004 novel; film co-directed by Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer


Voiced the character of Santa in the animated feature "Arthur Christmas"


Cast as former U.K. prime minister Margaret Thatcher's (Meryl Streep) husband Denis Thatcher in "The Iron Lady"


Re-teamed with director Mike Leigh for "Another Year"


Joined the cast of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" as Horace Slughorn, the newly appointed Hogwarts Potions master


Played King William IV, opposite Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria, in "The Young Victoria"


Cast in the fourth film in the Indiana Jones series, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"


Portrayed the Earl of Longford in the HBO original movie "Longford"; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Actor


Cast as chief Inspector Butterman in the U.K. comedy "Hot Fuzz"


Cast in Terry Zwigoff's adaptation of Daniel Clowes' comic story "Art School Confidential"


Voiced Madame Gasket in the animated feature "Robots"


Cast in Andrew Adamson's adaption of C.S. Lewis' children's novel "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe


Reprised his role as Bridget's dad in "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason"


Cast as Lord Kelvin in Disney's live action feature "Around the World in 80 Days" based on the classical novel by Jules Verne


Received a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album for his work on Winnie-The-Pooh


Cast as Boss Tweed in Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York"


Cast as Desmond Morton in the HBO miniseries "The Gathering Storm"; earned a Golden Globe nomination


Won an Oscar playing John Bayley, the husband of writer Iris Murdoch, in the biopic "Iris"


Portrayed Zidler, the owner of the titular establishment, in "Moulin Rouge!"


Played the title character's father in "Bridget Jones's Diary"


Co-starred as William Gilbert in Mike Leigh's biopic of Gilbert & Sullivan "Topsy-Turvy"


Offered a fine supporting turn as a sleazy nightclub owner in "Little Voice"


Landed featured role in "The Secret Agent"


Reunited with Loncraine for "Richard III"; played the Duke of Buckingham


Directed by Richard Loncraine in BBC's "Wide-Eyed and Legless" (released theatrically in the U.S. as "The Wedding Gift")


Featured in Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway"


Penned (also acted) the comedy short "A Sense of History" (aka "Two Mikes Don't Make a Wright"), again directed by Mike Leigh


Acted in the British six-part comedy-drama series "Gone to Dogs"


Played first leading role in a feature "Life is Sweet," directed by Mike Leigh


Acted in London at the Old Vic in a revival of the Georges Feydeau comedy, "A Flea in Her Ear"


Cast as Prince Albert in the BBC comedy "Blackadder's Christmas Carol"


First American film, "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace"


Most prominent feature role up to that time, "The Good Father"; also first feature film for director Mike Newell


Had featured role in the BBC adaptation of "Silas Marner"


Acted in Leigh's TV production "Birth of a Nation: Tales Out of School"


Earliest collaboration with Mike Leigh was a stage production of Leigh's "Ecstasy"


Earliest feature film appearances included small roles in the British films, "The Life Story of Baal" and "The Shout"


Breakthrough performance, playing multiple roles in the 12-part sci-fi TV program "Illuminatus"

With Peter Barlow, formed the comedy duo The National Theatre of Brent in the 1980s

Raised in Lincolnshire, England

Was stage manager at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park

First acted on stage at age four in "A Doll's House" in a theater founded by his father


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