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Jim Broadbent is an Academy Award-winning British actor known for his work with Mike Leigh, Woody Allen and Terry Gilliam. His film credits include Topsy-Turvy, Iris and Moulin Rouge!.
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He won widespread acclaim for his performance in the film, including a London Film Critics' Circle Award for best British actor, and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for best actor.
Broadbent was everywhere on film in 2001, it seemed, as he had featured roles in three of the year's most impressive films. In the outlandish musical romance Moulin Rouge, starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor and directed by Baz Luhrmann, Broadbent played Zidler, the scheming owner of the cabaret of the film's title, with scene-stealing bravado. The role earned him BAFTA honors for Best Supporting Actor. In Bridget Jones' Diary, Broadbent toned down the flamboyance of the former role to play the dowdy father of the title character, played by Renee Zellweger.
Broadbent's most notable role, however, was as John Bailey, the writer and devoted husband of novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch (played by Judi Dench) in Iris, Richard Eyre's 2001 film based on Bayley's memoir, Elegy for Iris. Broadbent's portrayal of the long-suffering Bayley, who adores his wife's brilliant mind and struggles with her through the ravaging force of her Alzheimer's disease, earned him long-awaited recognition, including a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for best supporting actor.
In 2002, Broadbent appeared in Martin Scorsese's period epic Gangs of New York, playing the notorious 19th century New York politician Boss Tweed.
Broadbent is married to artist Anastasia Lewis.
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