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Jim Broadbent

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 Laverick Broadbent and sculptress Doreen "Dee" (Findlay) Broadbent. Jim attended a Quaker boarding school in Reading before successfully applying for a place at an art school. His heart was in acting, ... See full bio »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 26 wins & 40 nominations. See more awards »

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 2016 Magik (post-production)
Garret (voice)
 2016 War and Peace (TV Mini-Series) (post-production)
Prince Nikolay Bolkonsky (2015)
 2015 Cooking Cats (post-production)
Britischer Botschafter
 2015 The Go-Between (TV Movie) (post-production)
Older Leo
 2015 London Spy (TV Mini-Series)
Scottie (2015)
 2015 Brooklyn
Father Flood
 2014 Lives of the Infamous Comedy Blaps (TV Mini-Series)
DCI Donald Ponk
 2014 Big Game
 2014 Postman Pat: The Movie
CEO (voice)
 2013 The Great Train Robbery (TV Mini-Series)
Tommy Butler
- A Copper's Tale (2013) ... Tommy Butler
 2013 The Phone Call (Short)
Stan (voice)
 2013/I Filth
Dr. Rossi
 2013 Le Week-End
 2013 Closed Circuit
Attorney General
 2011 Arthur Christmas
Santa (voice)
 2011 Exile (TV Mini-Series)
Sam Ronstadt
- Episode #1.3 (2011) ... Sam Ronstadt
- Episode #1.2 (2011) ... Sam Ronstadt
- Episode #1.1 (2011) ... Sam Ronstadt
 2010 Animals United
Winston (English version, voice)
 2010 Another Year
 2009 Perrier's Bounty
Jim McCrea
 2009 The Damned United
Sam Longson
 2008 Lost and Found (TV Short)
Narrator (voice)
 2008 Einstein and Eddington (TV Movie)
Sir Oliver Lodge
 2008 Tales of the Riverbank
G.P. (voice)
 2006 Longford (TV Movie)
Lord Longford
 2006 The Street (TV Series)
Stan McDermott
- Stan (2006) ... Stan McDermott
 2006 Free Jimmy
Stromowskij (English version, voice)
 2005 Valiant
Sergeant (voice)
 2005 Spider-Plant Man (TV Short)
 2005 Robots
Madame Gasket (voice)
 2005 Sprung! The Magic Roundabout
Brian (English version, voice)
 2004 Vera Drake
 2004 Pride (TV Movie)
Eddie (voice)
 2004 Tooth
The Rabbit (voice)
 2003 The Young Visiters (TV Movie)
Alfred Salteena
 2003 And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (TV Movie)
Harry Aitken
 2003 Bright Young Things
The Drunken Major
 2003 Anna Spud (Short)
 2002 The King's Beard
The Wizard (voice)
 2001/I Iris
John Bayley
 1999 Big Day (Short)
 1998 Little Voice
Mr. Boo
 1998 The Avengers
 1997 Brambly Hedge (TV Series)
- Spring Story (1997) ... Basil (voice)
 1997 Smilla's Feeling for Snow
Dr. Lagermann
 1995 Rough Magic
Doc Ansell
 1995 The Last Englishman (TV Movie)
Col. Alfred D. Wintle
 1994 Princess Caraboo
Mr. Worrall
 1994 Widows' Peak
Con Clancy, Kilshannon Dentist
 1993 Prince Cinders (Short)
Ugly Brother / Policeman (voice)
 1991-1993 Screen One (TV Series)
Deric Longden / Grocer
- Happy Feet (1991) ... Grocer
 1993 The Comic Strip Presents... (TV Series)
 1992 Gone to Seed (TV Series)
- Episode #1.6 (1992) ... Monty
- Episode #1.5 (1992) ... Monty
- Episode #1.4 (1992) ... Monty
- Episode #1.3 (1992) ... Monty
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... Monty
 1992 A Sense of History (TV Short)
23rd Earl of Leete
 1992 Inspector Morse (TV Series)
Charlie Bennett
- Absolute Conviction (1992) ... Charlie Bennett
 1991 Murder Most Horrid (TV Series)
Selwyn Proops
- A Determined Woman (1991) ... Selwyn Proops
 1991 Performance (TV Series)
- Nona (1991) ... Carmello
 1991 4 Play (TV Series)
Steven Parrish
- Work! (1991) ... Steven Parrish
 1991 The Hangover (Short) (voice)
 1990 Omnibus (TV Series documentary)
Postman Roulin
- Van Gogh (1990) ... Postman Roulin
 1989 Victoria Wood (TV Series)
Alan Hammond
- Staying In (1989) ... Alan Hammond
 1989 Revolution!! (TV Movie)
 1988 Dramarama (TV Series)
Uncle Keith
- Making Waves (1988) ... Uncle Keith
 1988 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Maitre Jacques
- The Miser (1988) ... Maitre Jacques
 1988 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Mr. Lovejoy
- The Facts of Life (1988) ... Mr. Lovejoy
 1988 Vroom
 1985-1987 Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV (TV Series)
The Doctor / Vaughan / Butch / ...
- Episode #2.7 (1987) ... The Doctor
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Vaughan
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Butch
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... Jim Postlethwaite
 1986 Screen Two (TV Series)
- The Insurance Man (1986) ... Gutling
 1985 Silas Marner (TV Movie)
Jem Rodney
 1985 The Good Father
Roger Miles
 1985 Happy Families (TV Series)
- Madeleine (1985) ... Dalcroix
- Cassie (1985) ... Dalcroix
- Edith (1985) ... Dalcroix
 1985 Summer Season (TV Series)
Ted Goodwin
- Picture Friend (1985) ... Ted Goodwin
 1985 Brazil
Dr. Jaffe
 1984 The Hit
 1984 Crown Court (TV Series)
Robert MacBride
- Whisper Who Dares: Part 1 (1984) ... Robert MacBride
 1984 Messiah (TV Movie)
 1983 Birth of a Nation (TV Movie)
Geoff Figg
 1983 Walter and June (TV Movie)
 1983 Dead on Time (Short)
 1982 Objects of Affection (TV Series)
Second Attendant
- Our Winnie (1982) ... Second Attendant
 1979-1982 Play for Today (TV Series)
Mr. Horsfall / Mr. Champing / Mackaness
- Intensive Care (1982) ... Mr. Horsfall
- The Adventures of Frank: Seeds of Ice (1980) ... Mr. Champing
- Long Distance Information (1979) ... Mackaness
 1982 Walter (TV Movie)
Joseph - Orderly
 1982 Arena (TV Series documentary)
Actor in Play
- Mike Leigh Making Plays (1982) ... Actor in Play
 1982 Uliisses
 1982 Bird of Prey (TV Series)
DI Stanley Richardson
- Input Classified (1982) ... DI Stanley Richardson
 1981 Time Bandits
 1980 Phoelix
 1980 The Dogs of War
Film Crew
 1980 Breaking Glass
Station Porter
 1980 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
- Games Without Frontiers (1980) ... Stewart
 1979 The Passage
German Soldier (uncredited)
 1978 The Life Story of Baal
 1978 The Shout
Fielder in cowpat
 1971 The Go-Between
Spectator at Cricket Match (uncredited)
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Show Show Soundtrack (4 credits)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Self (42 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (19 credits)

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: Plays Edward Lionheart in "Theatre of Blood" play by Lee Simpson and Phelim McDermott, based on the MGM-Sam Jaffe-Harbor Prods. film (idea by Stanley Mann and John Kohn, screenplay by Anthony Greville-Bell) (National Theatre, London, England, UK). See more »

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I always think you should be totally frivolous as much as you can, and then take the work seriously when it has to be taken seriously. As long as you can keep that balance going, it's good fun. If it's only frivolous it's not fun - it would drive me potty. On Iris, I'd never worked with Judi Dench before, but it was wonderful to realize that we worked in exactly the same way. Foolish for most of ... See more »


He won an Oscar for playing John Bayley in Iris (2001), making him one of 12 actors to win the Award for playing a real person who was still alive at the evening of the Award ceremony (as of 2007). The other ten actors and their respective performances are: Spencer Tracy for playing Father Edward Flanagan in Boys Town (1938), Gary Cooper for playing Alvin C. York in Sergeant York (1941), Patty ... See more »

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