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PAUL BETTANY (Dustfinger) has earned praise for his work in several high-profile films, including two for director Ron Howard: "The Di Vinci Code,” with Tom Hanks, and the Academy Award®-winning "A Beautiful Mind,” starring Russell Crowe. He reunited with Crowe to star in "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” for director Peter Weir. Bettany's performance in that film brought him a London Film Critics Circle Award for Best British Actor, as well as BAFTA Award and Critics' Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor. He also won an Evening Standard Award for Best Actor for his work in both "Master and Commander” and "The Heart of Me,” in which he starred with Helena Bonham Carter and Olivia Williams.

Bettany had previously won a London Film Critics Circle Award for his role in "A Knight's Tale,” starring Heath Ledger. In addition, he was nominated for a British Independent Film Award for Best Actor and a London Film Critics Circle Award for British Newcomer of the Year for his work in "Gangster No. 1,” directed by Paul McGuigan and starring Malcolm McDowell, David Thewlis and Saffron Burrows.

More recently, Bettany starred in "The Secret Life of Bees,” with Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning and Jennifer Hudson. He also lent his voice to the blockbuster "Iron Man.” His upcoming films include "The Young Victoria,” with Mark Strong and Jim Broadbent, and Jon Amiel's "Creation,” in which he stars as Charles Darwin, opposite his wife, Jennifer Connelly.

Classically trained at the Drama Centre in London, Bettany made his stage debut in the West End production of "An Inspector Calls,” under the direction of Stephen Daldry. He then spent a season with the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in productions of "Richard III,” "Romeo and Juliet” and "Julius Caesar” before landing his first feature film role in "Bent.”

Bettany returned to the stage to appear in "Love and Understanding” at London's Bush Theatre, and later reprised his role at the Long Wharf Theatre in Connecticut. His performance led to more British television work, including Lynda La Plante's "Killer Net” and "Coming Home,” with Peter O'Toole.

Bettany's appearance in the Royal Court Theatre productions of "One More Wasted Year” and "Stranger's House” preceded his second feature film, David Leland's "The Land Girls,” with Catherine McCormack and Rachel Weisz. Soon after, he appeared in the TNT production of "David Copperfield,” directed by Peter Medak and starring Sally Field and Michael Richards.

Bettany's additional film credits include "Robert Louis Stevenson's The Game of Death,” with Jonathan Pryce and David Morrissey; McGuigan's "The Reckoning”; Richard Loncraine's "Wimbledon,” opposite Kirsten Dunst; and "Firewall,” starring Harrison Ford and Virginia Madsen.

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