Date of Birth : May 24th 1949
Won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of John Bayley, opposite Judi Dench, in Richard Eyre’s Iris.
Among his many other films are Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits and Brazil, Mike Newell’s The Good Father and Enchanted April, Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game, Woody Allen’s Bullets over Broadway, Richard Loncraine’s Richard III and The Gathering Storm (for HBO, which brought him another Golden Globe Award nomination as well as an Emmy Award nomination), Mark Herman’s Little Voice, Baz Luhrmann’s Academy Award-winning Moulin Rouge! (for which he won a BAFTA Award); Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, Stephen Fry’s Bright Young Things, Sharon Maguire’s Bridget Jones’s Diary and Beeban Kidron’s Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason; Mira Nair’s Vanity Fair; Andrew Adamson’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; Iain Softley’s upcoming Inkheart; and Anand Tucker’s soon-to-be-released And When Did You Last See Your Father?, in which he stars opposite Colin Firth.
He has collaborated several times with Mike Leigh, starring for the filmmaker in Life is Sweet, the Academy Award-winning Topsy-Turvy, Vera Drake, and the short feature A Sense of History (which Mr. Broadbent also wrote). The two have also teamed on stagings of Goosepimples, Ecstasy, and Clay.
Mr. Broadbent began his career as an assistant stage manager at the Regent Park Open Air Theatre. In addition to the previously mentioned stage work as an actor, he has starred in Sam Mendes’ Donmar Warehouse production of Habeas Corpus. Richard Eyre directed him in the Royal Court production of Kafka’s Dick and in the National Theatre production of The Government Inspector. He was a longtime member of the National Theatre of Brent, appearing in productions of The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Complete Guide to Sex, and The Messiah.