Jim Broadbent

Gender: male | Birthday: 1949-05-24 | Place of Birth: Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, UK

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.

Movies of Jim Broadbent

New Town Utopia
New Town Utopia

New Town Utopia   2018

Release Date: 2018-05-04

Rating: 0

Production Companies: Modern Moving Image / Modern Moving Image /

Director: Christopher Ian Smith / Christopher Ian Smith /

Stars: 
Jim Broadbent  /  Terry Bird  /  Vincent O'Connell
Paddington 2
Paddington 2

Paddington 2   2017

Release Date: 2017-11-09

Rating: 7.6

Production Companies: StudioCanal / Weinstein Company, The /

Director: Paul King / Paul King /

Stars: 
Ben Whishaw  /  Sally Hawkins  /  Hugh Bonneville
Mary and the Witch's Flower
Mary and the Witch's Flower

Mary and the Witch's Flower   2017

Release Date: 2017-07-08

Rating: 7

Production Companies: Studio Ponoc /

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi / Hiromasa Yonebayashi /

Birds Like Us
Birds Like Us

Birds Like Us   2017

Release Date: 2017-05-05

Rating: 4

Production Companies:

Director: Faruk Sabanovic / Faruk Šabanović /

Stars: 
Jeremy Irons  /  Jim Broadbent  /  Kevin Bishop
The Sense of an Ending
The Sense of an Ending

The Sense of an Ending   2017

Release Date: 2017-03-10

Rating: 6.3

Production Companies: BBC Films / FilmNation Entertainment /

Director: Ritesh Batra / Ritesh Batra /

Stars: 
Jim Broadbent  /  Harriet Walter  /  Michelle Dockery
Ethel & Ernest
Ethel & Ernest

Ethel & Ernest   2016

Release Date: 2016-10-28

Rating: 7.4

Production Companies: BFI / BBC /

Director: Roger Mainwood / Roger Mainwood /

Stars: 
Jim Broadbent  /  Brenda Blethyn  /  Luke Treadaway
Bridget Jones's Baby
Bridget Jones's Baby

Bridget Jones's Baby   2016

Release Date: 2016-09-14

Rating: 6.3

Production Companies: Universal Pictures / StudioCanal /

Director: Sharon Maguire / Sharon Maguire /

Stars: 
Renée Zellweger  /  Colin Firth  /  Patrick Dempsey
The Legend of Tarzan
The Legend of Tarzan

The Legend of Tarzan   2016

Release Date: 2016-06-29

Rating: 5.7

Production Companies: Village Roadshow Pictures / Dark Horse Entertainment /

Director: David Yates / David Yates /

Eddie the Eagle
Eddie the Eagle

Eddie the Eagle   2016

Release Date: 2016-02-26

Rating: 7.1

Production Companies: 20th Century Fox / Studio Babelsberg /

Director: Dexter Fletcher / Dexter Fletcher /

Stars: 
Taron Egerton  /  Hugh Jackman  /  Christopher Walken
War and Peace
War and Peace

War and Peace   2016

Release Date: 2016-01-03

Rating: 8.2

Production Companies:

Director: Paul Dano / Paul Dano /

Stars: 
Paul Dano  /  James Norton  /  Lily James
The Lady in the Van
The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van   2015

Release Date: 2015-11-13

Rating: 6.1

Production Companies:

Director: Nicholas Hytner / Nicholas Hytner /

Stars: 
Maggie Smith  /  Alex Jennings  /  Frances de la Tour
London Spy
London Spy

London Spy   2015

Release Date: 2015-11-09

Rating: 8.7

Production Companies: Working Title Television /

Director: Mark Gatiss / David Hayman /

Stars: 
Ben Whishaw  /  Jim Broadbent  /  Edward Holcroft
Brooklyn
Brooklyn

Brooklyn   2015

Release Date: 2015-10-20

Rating: 7.2

Production Companies:

Director: Rowena Ladbury / Rowena Ladbury /

Stars: 
Saoirse Ronan  /  Domhnall Gleeson  /  Emory Cohen
Get Santa
Get Santa

Get Santa   2014

Release Date: 2014-12-05

Rating: 6.2

Production Companies: Film i Väst / Film i Väst /

Director: Matt King / Matt King /

Stars: 
Rafe Spall  /  Jim Broadbent  /  Warwick Davis
Paddington
Paddington

Paddington   2014

Release Date: 2014-11-28

Rating: 7

Production Companies: The Weinstein Company / StudioCanal /

Director: Paul King / Paul King /

Stars: 
Nicole Kidman  /  Peter Capaldi  /  Ben Whishaw
Big Game
Big Game

Big Game   2014

Release Date: 2014-09-05

Rating: 5.3

Production Companies: Head Gear Films / Altitude Film Entertainment /

Director: Jalmari Helander / Jalmari Helander /

Stars: 
Samuel L. Jackson  /  Onni Tommila  /  Ted Levine
Postman Pat: The Movie
Postman Pat: The Movie

Postman Pat: The Movie   2014

Release Date: 2014-05-23

Rating: 4.8

Production Companies:

Director: Mike Disa / Mike Disa /

Stars: 
David Tennant  /  Rupert Grint  /  Jim Broadbent
The Harry Hill Movie
The Harry Hill Movie

The Harry Hill Movie   2013

Release Date: 2013-12-20

Rating: 3.5

Production Companies:

Director: Steve Bendelack / Steve Bendelack /

Stars: 
Harry Hill  /  Julie Walters  /  Simon Bird
The Great Train Robbery
The Great Train Robbery

The Great Train Robbery   2013

Release Date: 2013-12-18

Rating: 6.6

Production Companies: World Productions / BBC Drama /

Director: Julian Jarrold / Julian Jarrold /

Stars: 
Luke Evans  /  Jim Broadbent  /  Neil Maskell
Le Week-End
Le Week-End

Le Week-End   2013

Release Date: 2013-10-04

Rating: 6.3

Production Companies:

Director: Roger Michell / Roger Michell /

Stars: 
Jim Broadbent  /  Lindsay Duncan  /  Jeff Goldblum
Filth
Filth

Filth   2013

Release Date: 2013-09-23

Rating: 6.8

Production Companies: Egoli Tossell Film AG / Steel Mill Pictures /

Director: Jon S. Baird / Jon S. Baird /

Stars: 
James McAvoy  /  Imogen Poots  /  Jamie Bell
Closed Circuit
Closed Circuit

Closed Circuit   2013

Release Date: 2013-08-28

Rating: 5.9

Production Companies:

Director: John Crowley / John Crowley /

Stars: 
Eric Bana  /  Rebecca Hall  /  Ciarán Hinds
Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas   2012

Release Date: 2012-10-26

Rating: 6.7

Production Companies: Anarchos Productions / X-Filme Creative Pool /

Director: Tom Tykwer / Tom Tykwer /

Stars: 
Tom Hanks  /  Halle Berry  /  Jim Broadbent
The Iron Lady
The Iron Lady

The Iron Lady   2011

Release Date: 2011-12-30

Rating: 6.4

Production Companies: UK Film Council / Canal+ /

Director: Sue Hills / Sue Hills /

Stars: 
Meryl Streep  /  Anthony Stewart Head  /  Harry Lloyd
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