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Also Known As: James Broadbent Died:
Born: May 24, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lincolnshire, England, GB Profession: actor, stage manager

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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...

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.

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 Filth (2014)
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 Big Game (2014)
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 Closed Circuit (2013)
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 Weekend, Le (2013)
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 Cloud Atlas (2012)
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 Arthur Christmas (2011)
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 Animals United (2010)
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 Another Year (2010)
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Raised in Lincolnshire, England
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First acted on stage at age four in "A Doll's House" in a theater founded by his father
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Was stage manager at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park
1977:
Breakthrough performance, playing multiple roles in the 12-part sci-fi TV program "Illuminatus"
1978:
Earliest feature film appearances included small roles in the British films, "The Life Story of Baal" and "The Shout"
1979:
Earliest collaboration with Mike Leigh was a stage production of Leigh's "Ecstasy"
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With Peter Barlow, formed the comedy duo The National Theatre of Brent in the 1980s
1983:
Acted in Leigh's TV production "Birth of a Nation: Tales Out of School"
1985:
Had featured role in the BBC adaptation of "Silas Marner"
1986:
Most prominent feature role up to that time, "The Good Father"; also first feature film for director Mike Newell
1987:
First American film, "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace"
1988:
Cast as Prince Albert in the BBC comedy "Blackadder's Christmas Carol"
1989:
Acted in London at the Old Vic in a revival of the Georges Feydeau comedy, "A Flea in Her Ear"
1991:
Played first leading role in a feature "Life is Sweet," directed by Mike Leigh
1991:
Acted in the British six-part comedy-drama series "Gone to Dogs"
1992:
Penned (also acted) the comedy short "A Sense of History" (aka "Two Mikes Don't Make a Wright"), again directed by Mike Leigh
1994:
Directed by Richard Loncraine in BBC's "Wide-Eyed and Legless" (released theatrically in the U.S. as "The Wedding Gift")
1994:
Featured in Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway"
1995:
Reunited with Loncraine for "Richard III"; played the Duke of Buckingham
1996:
Landed featured role in "The Secret Agent"
1998:
Offered a fine supporting turn as a sleazy nightclub owner in "Little Voice"
2000:
Co-starred as William Gilbert in Mike Leigh's biopic of Gilbert & Sullivan "Topsy-Turvy"
2001:
Played the title character's father in "Bridget Jones's Diary"
2001:
Portrayed Zidler, the owner of the titular establishment, in "Moulin Rouge!"
2001:
Won an Oscar playing John Bayley, the husband of writer Iris Murdoch, in the biopic "Iris"
2002:
Cast as Boss Tweed in Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York"
2002:
Cast as Desmond Morton in the HBO miniseries "The Gathering Storm"; earned a Golden Globe nomination
2003:
Received a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album for his work on <i>Winnie-The-Pooh</i>
2004:
Cast as Lord Kelvin in Disney's live action feature "Around the World in 80 Days" based on the classical novel by Jules Verne
2004:
Reprised his role as Bridget's dad in "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason"
2005:
Voiced Madame Gasket in the animated feature "Robots"
2005:
Cast in Andrew Adamson's adaption of C.S. Lewis' children's novel <i>"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe</i>
2006:
Cast in Terry Zwigoff's adaptation of Daniel Clowes' comic story "Art School Confidential"
2007:
Portrayed the Earl of Longford in the HBO original movie "Longford"; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Actor
2007:
Cast as chief Inspector Butterman in the U.K. comedy "Hot Fuzz"
2008:
Cast in the fourth film in the Indiana Jones series, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
2009:
Joined the cast of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" as Horace Slughorn, the newly appointed Hogwarts Potions master
2009:
Played King William IV, opposite Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria, in "The Young Victoria"
2010:
Re-teamed with director Mike Leigh for "Another Year"
2011:
Voiced the character of Santa in the animated feature "Arthur Christmas"
2011:
Cast as former U.K. prime minister Margaret Thatcher's (Meryl Streep) husband Denis Thatcher in "The Iron Lady"
2012:
Played multiple roles in "Cloud Atlas," based on David Mitchell's 2004 novel; film co-directed by Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer
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Education

Leighton Park School: -
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art: - 1969

Notes

"Sometimes I see it - the need to act - as a sort of neurotic condition. And then a function of being successful is that you scratch the itch. ... And so it's not as desperately important as it used to be. I mean, it was my life, you know, a sort of need. And I'm quite happy now not to be acting for a while because I'm reasonably confident that there's something around." --Jim Broadbent quoted in The Boston Globe, February 16, 2002.

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wife:
Anastasia Broadbent. Artist.

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father:
Roy Broadbent. Helped to convert a church into a theater that was later named in his honor.

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