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Biography #2 (for Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason)

Jim Broadbent won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his moving portrait of John Bayley, Iris Murdoch's loyal husband, in Richard Eyre's Iris, starring opposite Judi Dench. He most recently starred in Mira Nair's screen adaptation of Vanity Fair with Reese Witherspoon. Broadbent first played Bridget Jones's father in Bridget Jones's Diary.

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!; Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York; Stephen Fry's Bright Young Things; and Frank Coraci's Around the World in 80 Days. He has collaborated several times with acclaimed filmmaker Mike Leigh, starring for him in Life is Sweet, the Academy Award-winning Topsy-Turvy, the drama Vera Drake (which nabbed the Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice International Film Festival) and the short feature A Sense of History (which Broadbent also wrote).

Broadbent's work in the theater includes 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. Most recently, he starred in the National Theater staging of Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman, directed by John Crowley.

He is also a frequent presence on U.K. television, starring in a variety of projects over the years, ranging from Tales of the Unexpected to Blackadder to Inspector Morse.

Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" (21-Nov-2004)

Biography #3 (for Gangs of New York)

Jim Broadbent, who has had an illustrious career on the stage, and in television and films recently won the Academy Award for his moving performance as Iris Murdoch's devoted husband in Iris. He also recently appeared as Renee Zellwegger's father in the comedy hit Bridget Jones's Diary and co-starred opposite Nicole Kidman and Ewan MacGregor in Baz Lurhmann's film Moulin Rouge. In 1999, Broadbent won accolades for his performance as W. H. Gilbert (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame) in Mike Leigh's Topsy Turvy.

Among Broadbent's other films are The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, The Avengers, The Borrowers, Smilla's Sense of Snow, Secret Agent, Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway, Princess Caraboo, Neil Jordan's The Crying Game, Enchanted April, Mike Leigh's Life Is Sweet, Superman IV, The Good Father, Time Bandits, Dogs of War.. and many others.

On stage, Broadbent appeared in Sam Mendes's production of Habeas Corpus at the Donmar Warehouse and in the Feydeau farce A Flea In Her Ear at the Old Vic. Other stage credits include The Recruiting Officer at London's Royal Court, The Winter's Tale, Kafka's Dick, Deliberate Death of a Polish Priest, The Government Inspector, Every Good Boy Deserves A Favor and Our Friends in the North with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Broadbent also appeared on stage at the Hampstead Theater Club in two Mike Leigh productions, Goose Pimples and Ecstasy.

Broadbent's British television credits are numerous and include The Peter Principle, Murder Most Horrid, A Sense of History (which he wrote, and which was directed by Mike Leigh), Inspector Morse, Revolution, The Miser, Conrad, Happy Families, Silas Marner, Only Fools and Horses, The Last Company Car and many other BBC and Channel Four dramas.

Bio courtesy Miramax for "Gangs of New York" (01-Jan-2000)