Date of Birth:
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 The
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
Hallows movie) will mark the second time he’s worked with Tom Felton. The two acted together
in 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.”
2001 Best Supporting Actor BAFTA Award win
2001 Best Supporting Actor Academy Award win
2002 Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe Award nomination
2004 Best Spoken Word Album Grammy nomination
2007 Best Actor Emmy Award nomination
2007 Best Actor BAFTA Award win
2007 Best Actor Golden Globe Award win
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.
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
As Ernest the Viking
Starring with John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick), Tim Robbins, Mickey
Rooney, Eartha Kitt
Starring with Miranda Richardson (Rita Skeeter), Forest Whitaker, Stephen Rea
As Pod Clock
Starring with Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley), John Goodman, Hugh Laurie,
Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)
Starring with Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort), Uma Thurman, Sean Connery, Fiona
Shaw (Aunt Petunia), Eddie Izzard, Eileen Atkins (starred in Ballet Shoes)
As Mr. Boo
Starring with Brenda Blethyn, Ewan McGregor, Michael Caine
As W.S. Gilbert
Starring with Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew), Shirley Henderson (Moaning
As John Bayley
Starring with Judi Dench, Kate Winslet
As Harold Zidler
Starring with Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, John Leguizamo
2001 Bridget Jones’ Diary
Starring with Renee Zellweger, Gemma Jones (Madame Pomfrey), Colin Firth,
As Mr. Wackford Squeers
Starring with Christopher Plummer, Jamie Bell, Juliet Stevenson, Anne
As Desmond Morton
Starring with Albert Finney, Vanessa Redgrave
Starring with Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge)
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
As Inspector Frank Butterman
Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour), Timothy Dalton
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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