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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 6 wins & 15 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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5 Interviews | 7 Articles | See more »


6' 3½" (1.92 m)

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I love westerns and the reason I love really good westerns is because they are really classical. Their structure is like a Roman tragedy. Lots of violence, lots of vengeance and occasionally redemption. They are wonderfully brutal. See more »


Writer/director Brian Helgeland wrote the role of Chaucer in A Knight's Tale (2001) specifically for Paul. He "refused" to do the movie without him. The production companies did not think Bettany was known well enough, Helgeland thought that if he backed down on his choice of Bettany, he would have to back down on everything else. See more »


Often plays secondary characters who are scene stealers See more »

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