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Paul Bettany

Paul Bettany was born in Harlesden, London, England, into a theatre family. His father, Thane Bettany, is still an actor, but his mother, Anne Kettle, has retired from acting. His maternal grandmother, Olga Gwynne (her maiden and stage name), was a successful actress, while his maternal grandfather, Lesley Kettle, was a musician and promoter. He ... See full bio »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Played "Eric" in "An Inspector Calls", a play by J.B. Priestley - Aldwych Theatre, London (1993). See more »

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6' 3½" (1.92 m)

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The world is split into two kinds of people, those who would go out for a drink with John Lennon, and those who'd choose Paul McCartney ... After The Beatles came back from India, Lennon wrote "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" and McCartney wrote "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da". End of argument. See more »


Was considered for the role of Lord Asriel in The Golden Compass (2007). Some reports claimed that Nicole Kidman was eager to star in the film as she wished to work with him again, having previously co-starred with him in Dogville (2003). See more »


Often plays secondary characters who are scene stealers See more »

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