Navigation Bar - Text Links at Bottom of Page

THE TOURIST

While the British-born PAUL BETTANY (Inspector John Acheson) is a recognized star overseas with well-received performances in film, on the London stage and on British television, American audiences first discovered him in A Knight's Tale, in which he played the comical role of Chaucer opposite Heath Ledger. For this performance he won the London Film Critics' Award for Best Supporting Actor, and he was named one of Daily Variety's "Ten to Watch” for 2001.

Classically trained at the Drama Centre in London, Bettany made his stage debut in a West End production of "An Inspector Calls” under the direction of Stephen Daldry (The Hours, Billy Elliot). 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. He later reprised that role at the Longwharf Theatre in Connecticut. The play led to more British television work, including Lynda La Plante's "Killer Net” and "Coming Home,” in which he starred 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 role in David Leland's Land Girls with Catherine McCormack and Rachel Weisz. He next appeared in the film After the Rain.

He then portrayed "Steerforth” in the TNT production of "David Copperfield,” directed by Peter Medak, opposite Sally Field and Michael Richards. More feature film roles followed, including Suicide Club with Jonathan Pryce and David Morrissey.

Bettany was nominated for a British Independent Film award and a London Film Critics' Award for Best Newcomer in IFC's Gangster No.1, directed by Paul McGuigan, and starring Malcolm McDowell, David Thewlis, and Saffron Burrows. He then reteamed with Paul McGuigan for the Paramount Classics' mystery-thriller, The Reckoning, opposite Willem Dafoe.

Bettany next starred as the imaginary roommate opposite Russell Crowe, Ed Harris and Jennifer Connelly in the Academy Award®-winning A Beautiful Mind for director Ron Howard. His performance in the film won him the London Film Critics Award for Best British Actor.

Bettany then starred in Thadeus O'Sullivan's intense, independent feature, The Heart of Me, opposite Olivia Williams and Helena Bonham-Carter. Keen to test himself further he went on to star in Dogville, director Lars Von Trier's dramatic thriller opposite Nicole Kidman and Stellan Skaarsgard. Followed by the Working Title / Universal feature Wimbledon, in which he starred opposite Kirsten Dunst for director Richard Loncraine (The Gathering Storm, Richard III).

He then starred opposite Crowe again in Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World for director Peter Weir. In this adaptation of Patrick O'Brien's novel, Bettany plays the ship's surgeon, Stephen Maturin, the first naturalist and best friend of Captain Jack Aubrey (Crowe). His performance won him the Evening Standard Award for Best British Actor, the London Film Critic's Award for Best Supporting Actor for both M&C, as well as, The Heart of Me and the Elle Style Award for Best Actor in M& C and Dogville. His nominations include a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor and a Broadcast Film Critics Association nomination for Best Supporting Actor in M&C.

He went on to star as Silas in the most highly anticipated film of 2006, The Da Vinci Code based on Dan Brown's novel and directed by Ron Howard, earlier helmsman of A Beautiful Mind. The film went on to huge box office success driven by its star powered cast, which included Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen and Alfred Molina.

Bettany then starred in the Fox Searchlight feature The Secret Life of Bees, opposite Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and Dakota Fanning, based on the best selling book.

In January 2009, Bettany was seen in the film Inkheart, a fantasy adventure for New Line Cinema/Warner Bros., based on the best-selling children's books. He starred opposite Brendan Fraser and Helen Mirren, as Dustfinger, a fire-eating performer, for director Iain Softley.

Bettany then starred in Graham King, Tim Headington, Sarah Ferguson and Martin Scorsese's The Young Victoria opposite Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend and Jim Broadbent. In this adaptation, Paul plays Lord Melbourne the charming prime minister who becomes Queen Victoria's inseparable sole advisor.

Bettany's film Creation, in which he stars with wife Jennifer Connelly, opened the Toronto Film Festival on September 10, 2009. Directed by Jon Amiel, the film was released in the U.S. in December 2009.

He most recently starred in Screen Gems' hit Legion, and will next star in Priest, a horror western directed by Scott Stewart, also for Screen Gems.

TOP

Home | Theaters | Video | TV

Your Comments and Suggestions are Always Welcome.
Contact CinemaReview.com

2014 Columbia Pictures Inc.,  All Rights Reserved.

Google

Find:  HELP!

Google