Jim Broadbent

Jim Broadbent Movies and TV Shows

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 Broadbent and sculptress Dee Broadbent. Jim attended a Quaker boarding school in Reading before successfully applying for a place at an art school. His heart was in acting, though, and he would later transfer to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Following his 1972 graduation, he began his professional career on the stage, performing with the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and as part of the National Theatre of Brent, a two-man troupe which he co-founded. In addition to his theatrical work, Broadbent did steady work on television, working for such directors as Mike Newell and Stephen Frears. Broadbent made his film debut in 1978 with a small part in Jerzy Skolimowski's The Shout (1978). He went on to work with Frears again in The Hit (1984) and with Terry Gilliam in Time Bandits (1981) and Brazil (1985), but it was through his collaboration with Mike Leigh that Broadbent first became known to an international film audience. In 1990 he starred in Leigh's Life Is Sweet (1990), a domestic comedy that cast him as a good-natured cook who dreams of running his own business. Broadbent gained further visibility the following year with substantial roles in Neil Jordan's The Crying Game (1992) and Mike Newell's Enchanted April (1992), and he could subsequently be seen in such diverse fare as Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway (1994), Widows' Peak (1994), Richard Loncraine's highly acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III (1995) and Little Voice (1998), the last of which cast him as a seedy nightclub owner. Appearing primarily as a character actor in these films, Broadbent took center stage for Leigh's Topsy-Turvy (1999), imbuing the mercurial W.S. Gilbert with emotional complexity and comic poignancy. Jim's breakthrough year was 2001, as he starred in three critically and commercially successful films. Many would consider him the definitive supporting actor of that year. First he starred as Bridget's dad (Colin Jones) in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), which propelled Renée Zellweger to an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Next came the multiple Oscar-nominated film (including Best Picture) Moulin Rouge! (2001), for which he won a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA award for his scene-stealing performance as Harold Zidler. Lastly, came the small biopic Iris (2001/I), for which he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as devoted husband John Bayley to Judi Dench's Iris Murdoch, the British novelist who suffered from Alzheimer's disease. The film hit home with Jim, since his own mother had passed away from Alzheimer's in 1995.

Personal info

  • Gender: Male
  • Date of birth: 5/24/1949 (74 years old)
  • Place of birth: Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, UK
  • nationality: British
  • height: 1.87 m
  • Net worth: $5,000,000
Year
Genre
IMDB
TMDB
Available on the following streaming services in the UK
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
IMDB 6.8
TMDB 66%
role:
Harold Fry
Not available
2023

Drama

6.8
66%
Not available
2022

Documentary

8.0
75%
A Boy Called Christmas
IMDB 6.7
TMDB 74%
role:
King & 1 more
2021

Adventure

Family

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

6.7
74%
The Duke
IMDB 6.9
TMDB 71%
role:
Kempton Bunton
2021

Drama

6.9
71%
Black Narcissus
IMDB 5.9
TMDB 72%
role:
Father Roberts
2020

Drama

5.9
72%
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2020

Drama

5.9
63%
Dolittle
IMDB 5.6
TMDB 67%
role:
Lord Thomas Badgley
2020

Adventure

Family

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

5.6
67%
Black '47
IMDB 6.8
TMDB 66%
role:
Lord Kilmichael & 1 more
2018

Drama

Western

6.8
66%
King of Thieves
IMDB 5.5
TMDB 54%
role:
Terry Perkins
2018

Crime

Drama

5.5
54%
King Lear
IMDB 6.2
TMDB 60%
role:
Earl of Gloucester
2018

Drama

6.2
60%
Paddington 2
IMDB 7.8
TMDB 75%
role:
Samuel Gruber
2017

Adventure

Comedy

Family

7.8
75%
The Sense of an Ending
IMDB 6.4
TMDB 63%
role:
Tony Webster
2017

Drama

Mystery

6.4
63%
Ethel & Ernest
IMDB 7.7
TMDB 74%
role:
Ernest Briggs (voice)
2016

Animation

Drama

War & Politics

7.7
74%
Bridget Jones's Baby
IMDB 6.5
TMDB 64%
role:
Mr. Colin Jones
2016

Comedy

Romance

6.5
64%
The Legend of Tarzan
IMDB 6.2
TMDB 59%
role:
Prime Minister
2016

Action

Adventure

Drama

Romance

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

6.2
59%
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Eddie the Eagle
IMDB 7.3
TMDB 72%
role:
BBC Commentator
2016

Adventure

Comedy

Drama

History

7.3
72%
War and Peace
IMDB 8.1
TMDB 79%
role:
Prince Bolkonsky
2016

Drama

Romance

8.1
79%
2015

Comedy

Drama

6.7
64%
London Spy
IMDB 7.4
TMDB 71%
role:
Scottie
2015

Drama

7.4
71%
Brooklyn
IMDB 7.5
TMDB 73%
role:
Father Flood
2015

Drama

Romance

7.5
73%
The Go-Between
IMDB 6.8
TMDB 69%
role:
Old Leo
2015

Drama

TV Movie

6.8
69%
Get Santa
IMDB 6.3
TMDB 61%
role:
Santa Claus
2014

Comedy

Family

6.3
61%
Paddington
IMDB 7.3
TMDB 71%
role:
Samuel Gruber
2014

Adventure

Comedy

Family

7.3
71%
Big Game
IMDB 5.4
TMDB 55%
role:
Herbert
2014

Action

Adventure

Thriller

5.4
55%
2014

Animation

Comedy

Family

4.7
49%
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2013

Comedy

3.9
47%
The Great Train Robbery
IMDB 7.3
TMDB 68%
role:
DCS Tommy Butler
2013

Drama

7.3
68%
The Phone Call
IMDB 7.4
TMDB 73%
role:
Stan (voice)
2013

Drama

7.4
73%
Le Week-End
IMDB 6.4
TMDB 62%
role:
Nick Burrows
2013

Comedy

Drama

6.4
62%
Filth
IMDB 7.0
TMDB 69%
role:
Dr. Rossi
2013

Comedy

Crime

Drama

7.0
69%
Closed Circuit
IMDB 6.2
TMDB 59%
role:
Attorney General
2013

Crime

Drama

Mystery

Thriller

6.2
59%
Cloud Atlas
IMDB 7.4
TMDB 69%
role:
Captain Molyneux / Vyvyan Ayrs / Timothy Cavendish / Korean Musician / Prescient 2
2012

Drama

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

7.4
69%
2012

Comedy

Documentary

Drama

7.4
75%
The Iron Lady
IMDB 6.4
TMDB 64%
role:
Denis Thatcher
2011

Drama

History

6.4
64%
Arthur Christmas
IMDB 7.1
TMDB 68%
role:
Santa (voice)
2011

Animation

Comedy

Drama

Family

7.1
68%
2011

Adventure

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

8.1
81%
2011

Drama

Mystery

7.3
73%
2010

Comedy

Drama

7.4
70%
Any Human Heart
IMDB 7.8
TMDB 62%
role:
Logan Mountstuart (Older)
2010
7.8
62%
Good Luck Charlie
IMDB 7.1
TMDB 80%
role:
Sam Longson
2010

Comedy

Family

Kids

7.1
80%
Perrier's Bounty
IMDB 6.3
TMDB 56%
role:
Jim McCrea
2009

Action

Comedy

Crime

Drama

6.3
56%
2009

Adventure

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

7.6
77%
The Young Victoria
IMDB 7.2
TMDB 72%
role:
King William IV
2009

Drama

History

Romance

7.2
72%
Lost and Found
IMDB 8.0
TMDB 77%
role:
Narrator (voice)
2008

Animation

Family

8.0
77%
Inkheart
IMDB 6.1
TMDB 63%
role:
Fenoglio
2008

Adventure

Family

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

6.1
63%
Einstein and Eddington
IMDB 7.2
TMDB 70%
role:
Sir Oliver Lodge
2008

Drama

History

TV Movie

7.2
70%
2008

Action

Adventure

6.2
60%
2007

Drama

6.8
68%
Hot Fuzz
IMDB 7.8
TMDB 75%
role:
Inspector Frank Butterman
2007

Action

Comedy

Crime

7.8
75%
Longford
IMDB 7.5
TMDB 66%
role:
Lord Longford
2006

Crime

Drama

TV Movie

7.5
66%
2006

Comedy

Drama

6.3
61%
Free Jimmy
IMDB 5.9
TMDB 51%
role:
Stomowskij (voice)
2006

Animation

Comedy

5.9
51%
2005

Adventure

Family

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

6.9
71%
Valiant
IMDB 5.5
TMDB 55%
role:
Sergeant (voice)
2005

Adventure

Animation

Comedy

Family

War & Politics

5.5
55%
Robots
IMDB 6.4
TMDB 64%
role:
Madame Gasket (voice)
2005

Animation

Comedy

Family

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

6.4
64%
The Magic Roundabout
IMDB 5.2
TMDB 54%
role:
Brian (voice)
2005

Animation

Family

5.2
54%
2004

Comedy

Romance

6.0
63%
Vera Drake
IMDB 7.6
TMDB 72%
role:
Judge
2004

Drama

7.6
72%
Vanity Fair
IMDB 6.2
TMDB 58%
role:
Mr. Osborne
2004

Drama

Romance

6.2
58%
Pride
IMDB 6.2
TMDB 63%
role:
Eddie (voice)
2004

Adventure

Drama

Family

6.2
63%
2004

Action

Adventure

Comedy

5.9
59%
Bright Young Things
IMDB 6.5
TMDB 64%
role:
The Drunken Major
2003

Comedy

6.5
64%
Nicholas Nickleby
IMDB 7.1
TMDB 69%
role:
Mr. Wackford Squeers
2002

Action

Adventure

Drama

Family

7.1
69%
Gangs of New York
IMDB 7.5
TMDB 73%
role:
William "Boss" Tweed
2002

Crime

Drama

History

7.5
73%
Iris
IMDB 7.0
TMDB 65%
role:
John Bayley
2001

Drama

Romance

7.0
65%
Moulin Rouge!
IMDB 7.6
TMDB 76%
role:
Harold Zidler
2001

Drama

Music

Romance

7.6
76%
Bridget Jones's Diary
IMDB 6.8
TMDB 68%
role:
Bridget's Dad
2001

Comedy

Drama

Romance

6.8
68%
Topsy-Turvy
IMDB 7.3
TMDB 67%
role:
W. S. Gilbert
1999

Comedy

Drama

Music

7.3
67%
Little Voice
IMDB 7.0
TMDB 66%
role:
Mr. Boo
1998

Comedy

Drama

7.0
66%
The Avengers
IMDB 3.8
TMDB 44%
role:
Mother
1998

Thriller

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

3.8
44%
The Borrowers
IMDB 5.9
TMDB 60%
role:
Pod Clock
1997

Action

Adventure

Comedy

Family

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

5.9
60%
Smilla's Sense of Snow
IMDB 6.3
TMDB 64%
role:
Dr. Lagermann
1997

Action

Crime

Drama

Mystery

Thriller

6.3
64%
Richard III
IMDB 7.3
TMDB 68%
role:
The Duke of Buckingham
1995

Drama

War & Politics

7.3
68%
Bullets Over Broadway
IMDB 7.4
TMDB 71%
role:
Warner Purcell
1994

Action

Comedy

Thriller

7.4
71%
1992

Crime

Drama

Romance

Thriller

7.2
69%
1990

Comedy

Drama

7.4
70%
Erik the Viking
IMDB 6.1
TMDB 59%
role:
Ernest the Viking (a Rapist)
1989

Adventure

Comedy

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

6.1
59%
1988

Comedy

History

TV Movie

7.9
74%
1987

Action

Adventure

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

3.7
45%
Brazil
IMDB 7.9
TMDB 77%
role:
Dr. Jaffe
1985

Comedy

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

7.9
77%
The Hit
IMDB 7.0
TMDB 64%
role:
Barrister
1984

Action

Crime

Drama

Thriller

7.0
64%
Time Bandits
IMDB 6.9
TMDB 66%
role:
Compere
1981

Adventure

Comedy

Family

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

6.9
66%
The Shout
IMDB 6.6
TMDB 61%
role:
Fielder in cowpat
1978

Drama

Horror

6.6
61%
The Go-Between
IMDB 7.2
TMDB 69%
role:
Spectator at Cricket Match (uncredited)
1971

Drama

Romance

7.2
69%

FAQs

Some movies or TV shows available in the UK starring or involving Jim Broadbent are, for example, Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, A Boy Called Christmas and The Duke.
The streaming services with the largest selection are Prime Video, Amazon and iTunes.
The best StreamHint ratings are Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (8.1), War and Peace (8.0) and Brazil (7.8).
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