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Academy Award® winner JIM BROADBENT (Santa) is one of the finest actors of his generation. His touching performance in Iris, as Iris Murdoch's patient and long-suffering husband John Bayley, earned him the Academy Award® and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. A regular collaborator with Mike Leigh, recently worked with Leigh for the seventh time on the film Another Year, which followed the stage plays "Goosepimples” and "Ecstasy,” the films Life Is Sweet, Topsy Turvy, and Vera Drake, and the television short "A Sense of History,” which Broadbent wrote.

Broadbent's many feature film credits include Perrier's Bounty, The Damned United, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Young Victoria, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Hot Fuzz, And When Did You Last See Your Father?, Little Voice, Moulin Rouge, Bridget Jones's Diary, Gangs of New York, The Gathering Storm, Nicholas Nickleby, Bright Young Things, Vanity Fair, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. In 2006, Broadbent took the title role in the Tom Hooper-directed "Longford,” which earned him the TV BAFTA for Best Actor. He will next star as Denis Thatcher opposite Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady.

His extensive theatre and television work includes National Theatre productions of Martin McDonagh's "The Pillowman” and the stage adaptation of "Theatre of Blood,” Jimmy McGovern's "The Street” for ITV, and the BBC's "Einstein and Eddington.”

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