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While the British-born PAUL BETTANY 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.

Bettany went on to star 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 Critic's Award for Best British Actor. He then starred opposite Crowe again in Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World for director Peter Weir. Bettany 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. Paul could next be seen 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 Paul joined the cast of the film Inkheart, a fantasy adventure for New Line Cinema/Warner Brothers, 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. Paul's next project was Graham King and Martin Scorsese's The Young Victoria in which he starred opposite Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend and Jim Broadbent. Paul and his wife Jennifer Connelly then played Charles and Emma Darwin in Creation, the story of Darwin's relationship with his eldest daughter Annie.

In the 2010 Screen Gems thriller, Legion, Paul held the lead role of Archangel "Michael.” Other cast members include Dennis Quaid, Kate Walsh, Kevin Durand and Lucas Black. Also in 2010, Paul joined Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in The Tourist. He played Inspector John Acheson in the Sony Pictures film. In May 2011, Paul appeared in the title role of Priest, from Sony Screen Gems. The film co-stars Cam Gigandet, Karl Urban, Maggie Q, and Christopher Plummer.

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