Full Name:
    James Broadbent        


Date of Birth:
    24 May 1949       

Place of Birth:
    Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

The youngest son of an artist-turned furniture maker, Roy, and a sculptress, Dee, Broadbent had
art in his genes. After briefly attending an art school, he found that his passion was acting. He
graduated from London Academy of Music and Drama in 1972.

Often regarded as one of the best character actors in cinema, Broadbent has displayed his acting
chops in many supporting and lead roles alongside other master actors, such as: Dame Judi
Dench, Imelda Staunton, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gene Hackman, Helen Mirren and Sir Anthony

He has starred on stage and in films and television; he’s also appeared on radio in
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
and Saturday Night Fry with Stephen Fry. Broadbent was even
nominated for a Grammy for Best Spoken Word for a Children’s Album of
Winnie the Pooh in

Unfortunately, character actors are often overshadowed by their big name co-stars. Broadbent
has appeared in well over 100 projects, but many audiences would recognize his face before his
name. He has achieved some accolades but not as many as he deserves.

He has weathered some storms in his personal life. He had a twin sister who died at birth and
his mother was ravaged by Alzheimer’s disease eventually succumbing to it in 1995.

Broadbent later used this experience with the dreadful disease in his role in
Iris. His character
cared for his wife as she battled Alzheimer’s, his portrayal won an Academy Award.

However, not all has been sad: he has been happily married to painter/theater designer
Anastasia Lewis since 1987.

Broadbent’s turn as Horace Slughorn in
Half-Blood Prince (and the second part of the Deathly
movie) will mark the second time he’s worked with Tom Felton. The two acted together
The Borrowers in 1997.

In a recent interview, Felton shared that he was thrilled to be working with Broadbent again and
was surprised Broadbent even remembered him from
The Borrowers.

Co-stars and directors have nothing but good things to say about him and maybe it’s because he
has a great mentality on set:

    “I always think you should be totally frivolous as much as you can,
    and then take the work seriously when it has to be taken seriously.  As long as
    you can keep that balance going, it's good fun.  If it's only frivolous it's not
    fun - it would drive me potty.”
Honors and Awards:
    2001   Best Supporting Actor BAFTA Award win
    Moulin Rouge!
    2001  Best Supporting Actor Academy Award win
    2002  Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe Award nomination
    The Gathering Storm
    2004  Best Spoken Word Album Grammy nomination
    Winnie the Pooh
    2007  Best Actor Emmy Award nomination
    2007  Best Actor BAFTA Award win
    2007  Best Actor Golden Globe Award win
Crystallized Pineapple anyone?
Abbreviated Filmography:
    Vital Stats:
The Hobbit
The Hunger Games
Harry Potter
Percy Jackson
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This is just a selection of the many movies Mr. Broadbent has contributed to and is no way a
judgement of the films listed (or not listed).

I also tried not to repeat cast members that starred in multiple films on the list.

    1980  The Dogs of War
    As Film Crew
    Starring with Christopher Walkin, Tom Berenger

    1987  Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
    As Jean Pierre Dubois
    Starring with Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman

    1989  Erik the Viking
    As Ernest the Viking
    Starring with John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick), Tim Robbins, Mickey
    Rooney, Eartha Kitt

    1992  The Crying Game
    As Col
    Starring with Miranda Richardson (Rita Skeeter), Forest Whitaker, Stephen Rea

    1997  The Borrowers
    As Pod Clock
    Starring with Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley), John Goodman, Hugh Laurie,
    Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)

    1998  The Avengers
    As Mother
    Starring with Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort), Uma Thurman, Sean Connery, Fiona
    Shaw (Aunt Petunia), Eddie Izzard, Eileen Atkins (starred in Ballet Shoes)

    1998  Little Voice
    As Mr. Boo
    Starring with Brenda Blethyn, Ewan McGregor, Michael Caine

    1999  Topsy-Turvy
    As W.S. Gilbert
    Starring with Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew), Shirley Henderson (Moaning

    2001  Iris
    As John Bayley
    Starring with Judi Dench, Kate Winslet

    2001  Moulin Rouge!
    As Harold Zidler
    Starring with Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, John Leguizamo

    2001  Bridget Jones’ Diary
    As Dad
    Starring with Renee Zellweger, Gemma Jones (Madame Pomfrey), Colin Firth,
    Hugh Grant

    2002  Nicholas Nickleby
    As Mr. Wackford Squeers
    Starring with Christopher Plummer, Jamie Bell, Juliet Stevenson, Anne

    2002  The Gathering Storm
    As Desmond Morton
    Starring with Albert Finney, Vanessa Redgrave

    2004  Vera Drake
    As Judge
    Starring with Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge)

    2004  Vanity Fair
    As Mr. Osborne
    Starring with Reese Witherspoon, James Purefoy, Gabriel Byrne, Jonathon Rhys

    2005  The Chronicles of Narnia:
    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    As Professor Kirke
    Starring with Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy

    2007  Hot Fuzz
    As Inspector Frank Butterman
    Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour), Timothy Dalton

    2008  Inkheart
    As Fenoglio
    Starring with: Andy Serkis (Gollum), Helen Mirren, Paul Bettany, Brendan
    Fraser, Sienna Guillory (Arya from Eragon)

    2009  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    As Horace Slughorn
    Starring with Dame Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Michael
    Gambon, Helena Bonham Carter
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