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James "Jim" Broadbent (born 24 May 1949) is an English theatre, film, and television actor. He is known for his roles in Iris, Moulin Rouge!, Topsy-Turvy, Hot Fuzz, and Bridget Jones' Diary. He also appears in the Harry Potter films as Horace Slughorn.


[edit] Early life

Broadbent was born in Lincoln, the son of Doreen "Dee" Broadbent (née Findlay), a sculptor, and Roy Laverick Broadbent, an artist, sculptor, interior designer, and furniture maker who turned a former church into a theatre named after him.[1][2] Broadbent's parents were both amateur actors who co-founded the Holton Players acting troupe at Holton cum Beckering;[3] the two were described by the BBC as conscientious objectors who "worked the land" rather than participate in World War II.[1] He had a twin sister who died at birth. Broadbent was educated at Leighton Park School, a Quaker school in Reading,[4] and briefly attended art college before transferring to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art from which he graduated in 1972.[5]

[edit] Career

Broadbent's early stagework included a number of productions for The National Theatre of Brent, as the downtrodden assistant Wallace to Patrick Barlow's self-important actor/manager character Desmond Olivier Dingle. Broadbent and Barlow played many male and female character roles in comically less-than-epic tellings of historical and religious stories such as The Messiah, The Complete Guide to Sex, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Revolution!!, and All The World's A Globe. These were hits at the Edinburgh Fringe, in London, and on tour. Later stage work included the original productions of Kafka's Dick (1986) and Our Country's Good (1988) at the Royal Court Theatre and work for the Royal National Theatre including "The Government Inspector". Work on the stage with Mike Leigh includes Goosepimples and Ecstasy.

Broadbent made his film debut in 1978 with a tiny role in Jerzy Skolimowski's The Shout, and made his television debut the following year. He went on to work with Stephen Frears (for television and in The Hit (1984)) and Terry Gilliam (in Time Bandits (1981) and Brazil (1985)) before establishing himself in Mike Leigh's Life Is Sweet (1990). He proved his ability as a character actor in films including The Crying Game (1992), Enchanted April (1992), Bullets Over Broadway (1994), The Borrowers (1997), and Little Voice (1998) before taking a leading role in another Mike Leigh film, Topsy-Turvy (1999), playing dramatist Sir William S. Gilbert. He played "The Shy Doctor" in the 1999 Comic Relief parody Doctor Who sketch, Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death. In 2001, Broadbent starred in three of the year's most successful films: Bridget Jones's Diary; Moulin Rouge!, for which he won a BAFTA; and Iris, for which he won an Oscar for his portrayal of John Bayley.[6]

Broadbent voiced the secondary antagonist Madame Gasket from the 2005 film Robots, which won him an award. Broadbent also appeared as DCI Roy Slater, an associate character in the enormously popular sitcom Only Fools and Horses. The character appeared in three episodes over an eight-year period. He had originally been offered the lead role of Del Trotter in the series, but he turned it down due to other commitments. He has also played a role in the Inspector Morse series. Other comic roles include the lead role in the sitcom The Peter Principle and occasional guest appearances in Not The Nine O'Clock News, Only Fools and Horses, and Victoria Wood As Seen On TV. He played Don Speekingleesh in The Queen of Spain's Beard in the first series of The Black Adder in 1983. He also played the role of Prince Albert in Blackadder's Christmas Carol, first broadcast in 1988. He joined Rowan Atkinson in his Spider-Man spoof Spider-Plant Man, as a disgruntled Batman, jealous of Spider-Plant Man's success.

Broadbent played the title role in the Channel 4 drama Longford in October 2006, earning a BAFTA TV Award, a Golden Globe, and a 2007 Emmy nomination for his performance as Frank Pakenham (1905–2001), Earl of Longford , which was centred on the late Lord's ultimately unsuccessful campaign for the parole of Myra Hindley from her life imprisonment for the Moors Murders.

Broadbent appeared as Inspector Frank Butterman in Hot Fuzz in 2007. He appeared in the original radio production of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, playing the character Vroomfondel. He was also a regular in Stephen Fry's radio comedy show Saturday Night Fry, which aired on BBC Radio 4 in 1988.

Broadbent played Dean Charles Stanforth in the fourth film in the Indiana Jones series, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; King William IV in The Young Victoria; and Horace Slughorn in the sixth Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, as well as its two sequels.[7] In 2008, he starred as pro-Newtonian physicist Sir Oliver Lodge in the fact-based single drama Einstein and Eddington, for the BBC.

In 2009, he portrayed Sam Longson, chairman of Derby County football club in the 1960s and 1970s, in the film The Damned United; the starring character in the film was football manager Brian Clough, played by Michael Sheen.

In 2010, he provides the voice for the character Major Mouse in a series of radio adverts and one produced for television for energy company; E.ON for their 'eonenergyfit.com' website campaign. He also starred as the older Logan Mountstuart in the TV adaptation of William Boyd's novel Any Human Heart.

He had a lead role in Exile, a BBC One drama, starring John Simm and written by Danny Brocklehurst.[8]

[edit] Personal life

Broadbent is married to painter and former theatre designer, Anastasia Lewis.

[edit] Filmography and awards

Year Title Role Notes
1978 The Shout Fielder in cowpat
1980 Breaking Glass Station Porter
1981 Dogs of War, TheThe Dogs of War Film crew
1981 Time Bandits Compere
1982 Birth of a Nation Geoff Fig
1983 Black Adder, TheThe Black Adder Don Speekingleesh
1983-1991 Only Fools and Horses Det. Chief Insp. Roy Slater Television Series: 3 Episodes
1985 Brazil Dr. Jaffe
1985 Good Father, TheThe Good Father Roger Miles
1985 Happy Families Dalcroix Television Series: 3 Episodes
1987 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Jean Pierre Dubois
1988 Blackadder's Christmas Carol Prince Albert Television Special
1989 Revolution!! Wallace Television Film
Also Writer
1989 Erik the Viking Ernest the Viking
1990 Life Is Sweet Andy
1992 Enchanted April Frederick Arbuthnot
1992 Crying Game, TheThe Crying Game Col
1993 Prince Cinders Ugly Brother
1994 Bullets Over Broadway Warner Purcell
1994 Princess Caraboo Mr. Worrall
1994 Widows' Peak Con Clancy
1995 Richard III The Duke of Buckingham
1995 Last Englishman, TheThe Last Englishman Col. Alfred D. Wintle
1997 Borrowers, TheThe Borrowers Pod Clock
1998 Avengers, TheThe Avengers Mother
1998 Little Voice Mr. Boo Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1999 Topsy-Turvy W. S. Gilbert
1999 Doctor Who: Curse of Fatal Death Unofficial Eleventh Doctor Televison Special
2001 Bridget Jones's Diary Colin Jones, Bridget's father
2001 Moulin Rouge! Harold Zidler
2001 Iris John Bayley
2002 Gathering Storm, TheThe Gathering Storm Desmond Morton
2002 Gangs of New York Boss Tweed
2002 Nicholas Nickleby Mr. Wackford Squeers National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
2003 Bright Young Things Drunk Major
2003 Young Visiters, TheThe Young Visiters Alfred Salteena
2004 Around the World in 80 Days Lord Kelvin
2004 Pride Eddie Voice Role
Television Film
2004 Vanity Fair Mr. Osborne
2004 Vera Drake Judge
2004 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Colin Jones, Bridget's father
2005 Robots Madame Gasket Voice Role
2005 Valiant Sergeant Voice Role
2005 Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, TheThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Professor Kirke
2006 Free Jimmy Igor Stromowskij Voice Role for 2008 English version
2006 Street, TheThe Street Stan McDermott
2006 Longford Lord Longford
2006 Art School Confidential Jimmy
2007 Hot Fuzz Inspector Frank Butterman
2007 And When Did You Last See Your Father? Arthur Morrison
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Dean Charles Stanforth
2008 Einstein and Eddington Sir Oliver Lodge Television Film
2008 Inkheart Fenoglio
2009 Young Victoria, TheThe Young Victoria King William IV
2009 Damned United, TheThe Damned United Sam Longson Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Horace Slughorn
2009 Perrier's Bounty Jim McCrea
2010 Another Year Tom
2010 Animals United Winston
2010 Any Human Heart Logan Mountstuart (older)
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Horace Slughorn
2011 Exile Sam Ronstadt Television Series: 3 Episodes
2011 Arthur Christmas Santa Voice Role
2011 The Iron Lady Denis Thatcher

[edit] Other awards

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 BBC – Lincolnshire – History – Famous Yellowbelly – Jim Broadbent
  2. Barratt, Nick (12 January 2008). "Family detective: Jim Broadbent". The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/main.jhtml;jsessionid=V3CGDHPYCUZKFQFIQMFSFF4AVCBQ0IV0?view=DETAILS&grid=&xml=/education/2008/01/12/fadetective112.xml. Retrieved 12 January 2008. 
  3. Broadbent Theatre Member Profile: Roy Broadbent
  4. An in-depth look at your favourite celebrity personalities – hellomagazine.com, HELLO!
  5. Newsmakers, Issue 4. Gale, 2008
  6. The 74th Academy Awards (2002) Nominees and Winners, Sunday, March 24, 2002
  7. Broadbent on "Potter" & "Indy 4" (17 September 2007)
  8. BBC news entertainment-arts

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