Jim Broadbent Biography, Age, Wife, Children, Movies List, TV Shows and Awards

By | July 4, 2021

Jim Broadbent Biography

Jim Broadbent (James Broadbent) an English actor and the youngest child and only surviving twin of furniture-maker Roy Broadbent and his sculptress wife.

Jim Broadbent Age

Jim Broadbent was born on 24th May 1949 in Lincolnshire.

Jim Broadbent Career

Broadbent after his graduation in 1972, he went straight to the Open Air Theater in Regent’s Park, where he was hired as stage manager. It took a few years for the acting work to start coming in and while he was waiting the actor enrolled in the Ugly modelling agency to supplement his income, although he never actually landed a job. “Perhaps I wasn’t ugly enough,” he later quipped.

His big break came in 1977, when he landed a part in the 12-part sci-fi TV programme Illuminatus, which required him to play multiple roles. Around the same time Jim began to collaborate with Mike Leigh in stage productions of the writer-director’s plays Ecstasy and Goosepimples. Leigh later directed a short that Jim had written, a rare accolade from the independent film-maker.

As the work continued to come his way, Jim began to catch the attention of British film directors. His first foray into Hollywood came in 1987, when he starred in Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, alongside Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman. By this time, he was a regular on the BBC, in projects ranging from the Rowan Atkinson comedy Blackadder to dramas such as Silas Marner. Woody Allen even called him up personally to offer him a role in Bullets Over Broadway.

Jim’s profile continued to rise through the Nineties. One of the few actors as comfortable in a supporting role as that of principal player, by the end of the decade he was one of Britain’s best-loved character actors. Roles in Little Voice, Smilla’s Sense Of Snow and The Avengers all consolidated his position as one of the UK’s premier entertainment exports.

But it was in the 21st century that the actor rose to the A list. He bagged parts in Mike Leigh’s Topsy Turvy, and played Renee Zellweger’s father in Bridget Jones’s Diary. Meanwhile, his Moulin Rouge turn – a role he described as “totally over the top, probably the longest suicide note in history” – called for him to sing Madonna’s hit Like A Virgin. Then, of course, came Iris, and the Scorsese epic Gangs Of New York.

Jim Broadbent Wife

Broadbent is married to a costume designer-turned-artist Anastasia Lewis. the duo first met in 1983 and married in 1987, and he is stepfather to her two grown-up sons, Tom and Paul. The duo split their time between their North London house and a cottage in Lincolnshire – close to the Methodist chapel that Jim’s father Roy helped to turn into a theater – and spend much of their free time on walking holidays. He has two children Tom Lewis and Paul Lewis who are from her wife’s previous marriage.

Jim Broadbent Harry Potter

Broadbent featured as Professor Slughorn, in the new movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Horace Slughorn first met Harry Potter in 1996, when Harry and Albus Dumbledore tracked him down at the Muggle home he was borrowing at the time, to persuade him to return and teach at Hogwarts.

Jim Broadbent Moulin Rouge

A celebration of love and creative inspiration takes place in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub, at the cusp of the 20th century. A young poet (Ewan McGregor), who is plunged into the heady world of Moulin Rouge, begins a passionate affair with the club’s most notorious and beautiful star (Nicole Kidman). Jim Broadbent plays Harold Zidler.

Jim Broadbent Awards

  • Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, ‘Iris’2002
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, ‘Iris’2002
  • BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, ‘Moulin Rouge!’2008
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture
  • Made for Television, ‘Longford’1999
  • Volpi Cup for Best Actor, ‘ Topsy- Turvy’2007
  • British Academy Television Award for Best Actor, ‘Longford’2006
  • British Independent Film Award – The Richard Harris Award.2001
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, ‘Moulin Rouge!’2001
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor,’Iris’2001
  • London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actor of the Year, ‘Topsy- Turvy’2007
  • International Emmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor, ‘The Street’2001
  • Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Comedy or Musical, ‘Moulin Rouge!’2002
  • Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor, ‘Topsy- Turvy’

Jim Broadbent Oscar

In 2002 jim won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at the 74th Academy Awards for his role in the movie ‘Iris’.

Jim Broadbent Game of Thrones

In August 2017 he was announced as the newest addition to the Season 7 cast of Game of Thrones but his character was kept secretive.In a recent interview, Erin Whitney of Screen crush flat out asked Broadbent who he would be playing. Though the actor demurred at first, he finally admitted: “I’m a maester, an archmaester. I’m an old professor character.” He also confirmed how significant his role is. Don’t expect a one-off appearance, a la McShane: as Broadbent said, “I did five episodes. I did sort of one major scene in each episode.”

Jim Broadbent Movies

  • The Sense of an Ending 2001
  • Moulin Rouge! 2001
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary 2012
  • Cloud Atlas 2009
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2013
  • Le Week-End 2011
  • The Iron Lady 2002
  • Gangs of New York 2016
  • Bridget Jones’s Baby 2005
  • Witch and the Wardrobe 2007
  • Hot Fuzz 2014
  • Paddington 2010
  • Another Year 2008
  • Crystal Skull 2004
  • Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 1999
  • Topsy-Turvy 2009
  • The Young Victoria 2015
  • Brooklyn 2011
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows –Part 2 2011
  • Arthur Christmas 1990

Jim Broadbent Education

Broadbent joined a Quaker boarding school in Reading and earned himself a reputation as a rebel for his tendency to answer back to the teachers. Then, just before sitting his A Levels, he got expelled for drinking. Undaunted, the teenage Jim successfully applied for a place at art school. His heart lay in acting, however, and he transferred to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.


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