Jim Broadbent

Biography: Jim Broadbent was born on May 24, 1949, in Lincolnshire, England, as the youngest child in his family. His parents were Roy and Dee Broadbent, a furniture maker and an artist, respectively. He attended boarding school in Reading, England, then went to art school to pursue his love of acting. He graduated in 1972 and began acting on stage. Following his 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 in which he co-founded. As well as being a prolific stage actor, Broadbent became involved in television. Jim's first film was a small part in The Shout in 1978, but his first big role was in Life is Sweet in 1990, a domestic comedy directed by Mike Leigh who cast him as a good-natured cook who dreams of running his own business. Some of the films that have gained him the most recognition are Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) in which he played the title role's father, Moulin Rouge (2001) where he played Harold Zidler, the owner of the Moulin Rouge. He won an Academy Award in 2002 for best supporting actor for his portrayal of the husband of Iris Murdoch, a famous author who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, in Iris. Expand

Jim Broadbent's Scores

  • Movies
Average career score: 61
Highest Metascore: 90 The Crying Game
Lowest Metascore: 12 The Avengers
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
34 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
81 Grin Without a Cat May 1, 2002 Speaker 10
66 Moulin Rouge! May 18, 2001 Harold Zidler 8.7
88 Brazil Dec 18, 1985 Dr. Jaffe 8.6
64 The Young Victoria Dec 18, 2009 King William 8.1
55 Cloud Atlas Oct 26, 2012 Cast / Captain Molyneux/Vyvyan Ayrs/Timothy Cavendish/Korean Musician/Prescient 2 / Timothy Cavendish / Vyvyan Ayrs/Timothy Cavendish / Vyvyan Ayrs/Timothy Cavendish/Captain Molyneux/Korean Musician/Prescient 8.1
90 The Crying Game Nov 25, 1992 Col 7.8
68 Little Voice Dec 4, 1998 Mr. Boo 7.7
90 Topsy-Turvy Dec 17, 1999 W. S. Gilbert 7.7
66 Bridget Jones's Diary Apr 13, 2001 Bridget's Dad 7.7
88 Life Is Sweet Oct 25, 1991 Andy 7.5
69 Arthur Christmas Nov 23, 2011 Santa 7.4
72 Gangs of New York Dec 20, 2002 William 'Boss' Tweed 7.3
80 Another Year Dec 29, 2010 Tom / Tom 7.3
56 Filth May 30, 2014 Dr. Rossi 7.3
76 Iris Dec 14, 2001 John Bayley 7.1
78 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Jul 15, 2009 Professor Horace Slughorn 7.0
47 Perrier's Bounty May 21, 2010 Jim McCrea 6.8
73 Le Week-End Mar 14, 2014 Cast / Nick / Nick 6.8
71 Nicholas Nickleby Dec 27, 2002 Mr. Wackford Squeers 6.7
64 Robots Mar 11, 2005 Madame Gasket 6.6
49 Around the World in 80 Days Jun 16, 2004 Lord Kelvin 6.4
45 Smilla's Sense of Snow Feb 28, 1997 Dr. Lagermann 6.3
54 Art School Confidential May 5, 2006 Jimmy 6.2
54 The Iron Lady Dec 30, 2011 Denis Thatcher 6.1
tbd When Did You Last See Your Father? Jun 6, 2008 Arthur 6.0
64 Bright Young Things Aug 20, 2004 The Drunken Major 6.0
44 Postman Pat: The Movie Jun 27, 2014 CEO 6.0
50 Closed Circuit Aug 28, 2013 Cast / Principal Cast / Attorney General 5.7
75 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Dec 9, 2005 Professor Kirke 5.5
44 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Nov 12, 2004 Dad 5.4