Jim Broadbent

  • a.k.a. James Broadbent

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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.

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Broadbent wurde in Lincoln als Sohn von Doreen und Roy Laverick Broadbent geboren. Seine Zwillingsschwester starb bereits bei der Geburt. Seine Eltern gründeten eine regionale Schauspielgruppe. Broadbent besuchte die Schule in Reading und ging nach dem College nach London, wo er ein Schauspielstudium an der London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) absolvierte. Anschließend war er Theaterschauspieler am Royal National Theatre und bei der Royal Shakespeare Company, wo er in zahlreichen Theaterstücken in verschiedenen Rollen auftrat. Heute zählt er zu den herausragenden Charakterdarstellern des britischen Theaters. Sein Filmdebüt hatte Broadbent 1978 in einer Nebenrolle in dem Horrorfilm Der Todesschrei. In den 1980er Jahren gewann er als Filmschauspieler zunehmend Popularität und war in verschiedenen Filmen wie Time Bandits, The Hit und Brazil zu sehen. In den 1990ern folgten weitere Filmproduktionen wie Life is Sweet, Verzauberter April, Ein Fall für die Borger und Topsy-Turvy – Auf den Kopf gestellt. Als Fernsehdarsteller war er in den britischen Produktionen wie Blackadder und Doctor Who zu sehen. Broadbent erhielt 2001 für seine Rolle in dem Drama Iris einen Oscar in der Kategorie Bester Nebendarsteller. Er spielte den Ehemann von Iris Murdoch, verkörpert von Judi Dench. 2008 spielte er in Indiana Jones und das Königreich des Kristallschädels die Rolle des Dean Charles Stanforth. 2009 und 2011 war er in den Harry-Potter-Filmen Harry Potter und der Halbblutprinz und Harry Potter und die Heiligtümer des Todes – Teil 2 in der Rolle des Professor Horace Slughorn zu sehen. Im Sommer 2017 ist Broadbent in der Rolle des Erzmaesters in der siebten Staffel der US-Serie Game of Thrones zu sehen. Broadbent ist mit der Theaterdesignerin und Zeichnerin Anastasia Lewis verheiratet. In seiner Geburtsstadt gibt es ein kleines Theater, das sein Vater aus einer ehemaligen Kirche umgebaut und nach ihm benannt hat. Aus der Wickipedia Enzyklopädie unter freier Lizenz

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Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, UK



CharacterMovie / TV ShowGenresReleaseRating
Horace SlughornHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 281% · 13,203
Horace SlughornHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince77% · 12,129
Inspector Frank ButtermanHot Fuzz75% · 4,602
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