In 2002, JIM BROADBENT (Attorney General) won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of John Bayley, opposite Judi Dench, in Richard Eyre's Iris; and a BAFTA Award for his performance in Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge!
He is also known to movie audiences for his performances in David Yates' Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2; and in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady, opposite Meryl Streep, for which he was again a BAFTA Award nominee.
Mr. Broadbent has established a long-running collaboration with Mike Leigh, starring for the filmmaker in Life is Sweet; the Academy Award-winning Topsy-Turvy; Vera Drake; Another Year; and the short film A Sense of History, which Mr. Broadbent also wrote. The two have also teamed on stagings of Goosepimples and Ecstasy.
Among his other features as actor have been Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits and Brazil; Mike Newell's The Good Father and Enchanted April; Neil Jordan's The Crying Game; Woody Allen's Bullets over Broadway; Richard Loncraine's Richard III and The Gathering Storm, which brought him another Golden Globe Award nomination as well as an Emmy Award nomination; Mark Herman's Little Voice; Sharon Maguire's Bridget Jones's Diary and Beeban Kidron's Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason; Edgar Wright's Hot Fuzz; Anand Tucker's And When Did You Last See Your Father?, opposite Colin Firth; Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; Tom Hooper's The Damned United; Roger Michell's upcoming Le weekend, alongside Lindsay Duncan; and Cloud Atlas, in which he essayed multiple roles for directors Tom Tykwer and Lana and Andy Wachowski.
Mr. Broadbent has also worked extensively on television, most recently receiving a Royal Television Society Award and a BAFTA Award nomination for the Michael Samuels-directed miniseries Any Human Heart, adapted by William Boyd from the latter's novel of the same name. His performance in the telefilm Longford, directed by Tom Hooper, brought him Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards; his performance in the series The Street brought him an International Emmy Award.
His other notable television credits include appearances in The Black Adder, Only Fools and Horses..., and Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV; Mike Newell's telefilm Birth of a Nation: Tales out of School; David Yates' telefilm The Young Visiters; Philip Martin's telefilm Einstein and Eddington; and the miniseries Exile, directed by John Alexander.
He studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). His many stage appearances have included ones with the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). Among the acclaimed productions that he has worked in have been Our Friends in the North, directed by John Caird at the RSC Pit; A Place with Pigs, directed by Athol Fugard at the National Theatre; and Sam Mendes' Donmar Warehouse staging of Habeas Corpus. Mr. Broadbent starred in the National's production of The Pillowman that was staged by Closed Circuit director John Crowley.