A Jim Broadbent Biography
A thoroughly decent
English actor loved for his bumbling comic skills, Jim Broadbent is the star of
this website and the Honorary President of the Lindsey Rural Players (Broadbent
is one of Britain's most versatile character actors, with a long list of credits
ranging from screwball comedy to weighty drama. Born in Lincolnshire in May 1949, Jim is the
youngest son of furniture maker Roy and
Sculptress Dee Broadbent, founder members of the Lindsey
Rural Players and stalwarts of the Broadbent Theatre.
Awards: In an overwhelmingly successful 2002 awards season Jim scooped the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as John Bayley in IRIS. One month earlier he won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Harold Zidler in Moulin Rouge and just prior to that he was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in IRIS more.
The National Board of Review (2002) also awarded Jim with Best Supporting Actor for his roles in 'Moulin Rouge' and 'Iris'. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has followed suit and also awarded Jim Best Supporting Actor for his roles in 'Moulin Rouge' and 'Iris' which was presented on Jan 22nd.
won the Volpi Cup (1999) for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival for his
performance as the librettist WS Gilbert in Mike Leigh's film,
He also won the London Evening Standard Film Award for Best Actor for 'Topsy
Turvy' and the London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actor of the Year.
Jim attended a Quaker
boarding school in
Reading. He went on to successfully apply for a place at art school but his
heart lay in acting and he transferred to the London Academy of Music and
Dramatic Art (LAMDA) from which he graduated in 1972. He began his professional career as Acting Assistant Stage
Manager at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in London. A significant breakthrough came in
1976 when he appeared in Ken Campbell's 'Illuminatus' a 12 hour sci-fi extravaganza
in which he played a dozen characters.
Jim's career began on the
stage. His rich theatrical
background includes: “The Recruiting Officer”; “Our Country's Good”;
“Kafka's Dick” by Alan Bennett, and “The Government Inspector” at the
Royal National Theatre, both for director Richard Eyre (who also directed
"Iris"); “Goosepimples” and
“Ecstasy” for Mike Leigh; and “Our Friends in the North” with the Royal
Shakespeare Company. He was also half of the two-man theatre company, The
National Theatre of Brent, in their epic productions of “The Greatest
Story Ever Told”, “The Complete Guide to Sex”, “The Messiah” and
“Revolution”, playing such diverse roles as God, Mrs. Simpson, Robespierre,
John the Baptist, Lord Reith and Marie Antoinette.
Film Broadbent's film career began in the late seventies. He has said that he always expected to see more success in his later years and true to form, he has gone on to star in some top films. Jim played the librettist William S Gilbert in Mike Leigh's 'Topsy Turvy'. He recently played John Bayley opposite Judi Dench in "Iris", Zidler in Baz Lurhmann's spectacular "Moulin Rouge" (with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor) and Bridget's dad in 'Bridget Jones's Diary'. He has starred in 'The Avengers' (with Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman and Sean Connery), 'Little Voice' (with Michael Caine and Jane Horrocks), 'The Borrowers' (with John Goodman) and Ian McKellen's 'Richard III'. He played Mr. Worrell in the excellent 'Princess Caraboo' (with Phoebe Cates), Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway' and Neil Jordan's 'The Crying Game'. Check the filmography page for more details.
work for British
television includes: “Long Distance Information”, “The Last Company Car”
and “Walter” with Ian McKellen, all directed by Stephen Frears; “Birth Of
A Nation” and “Tales Out of School”, directed by Mike Newell; and three
dramas by Alan Bennett: “Intensive Care”, “Our Winnie” and “The
Insurance Man” In addition, Broadbent wrote and starred in the
award-winning short film 'A Sense of History' directed by Mike Leigh. He has starred in two series of sitcom, “The Peter
Principle” as Peter Duffley, in 1997 and 2000. He also starred in ITV's
six-part comedy-dramas “Gone to the Dogs” and “Gone to Seed,” and in
such classic comedies as “Not The Nine O'clock News,” Roy Slater in “Only
Fools and Horses” (he famously turned down the role of Del Boy), the first
season of “Black Adder”, and “The Victoria Wood Show”
Contact Jim Broadbent
Communication for Jim Broadbent should be sent to his agent:
Sally Long - Innes Office, Independent Talent Group,
40 Whitfield Street, London WIT 2RH England.
Tel: 0207 636 6565
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