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James Broadbent

24 May 1949 (1949-05-24) (age 71)
Holton cum Beckering, Lincolnshire, England
Alma mater London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor
Years active 1972–present
Anastasia Lewis (m. 1987)

James Broadbent (born 24 May 1949) is an English actor. Born in Lincolnshire to parents who were both amateur actors, he was educated at Leighton Park School, a Quaker school in Reading, and briefly attended art college before transferring to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He graduated in 1972. His early stage work included appearances as Patrick Barlow's assistant in the mock National Theatre of Brent.

He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Iris and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Moulin Rouge!, both in 2001, and the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film for his portrayal of penal reformer Lord Longford in the Channel 4 drama Longford in 2006.

He portrayed Professor Horace Slughorn in the Harry Potter series. In 2017, Broadbent joined the cast of the HBO series Game of Thrones, playing the role of Archmaester Ebrose.

Broadbent has been married to painter and former theatre designer Anastasia Lewis since 1987.



Year Title Role Notes
1971 The Go-Between Spectator at Cricket Match Uncredited
1978 The Life Story of Baal Woodcutter
1978 The Shout Asylum Fielder
1979 Long Distance Information Mackaness
1979 The Passage German Soldier Uncredited
1980 Breaking Glass Station Porter
1980 Games Without Frontiers Stewart
1981 Dogs of War, TheThe Dogs of War Film crew
1981 Time Bandits Compere
1983 Birth of a Nation Geoff Fig
1983 Dead on Time Priest Short film
1984 The Hit Barrister
1985 Brazil Dr. Jaffe
1985 Good Father, TheThe Good Father Roger Miles
1987 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Jean Pierre Dubois
1987 Running Out of Luck
1988 Vroom Donald
1989 Erik the Viking Ernest the Viking
1990 Life Is Sweet Andy
1992 Enchanted April Frederick Arbuthnot
1992 Crying Game, TheThe Crying Game Col
1993 Wide-Eyed and Legless Deric Longden
1993 Prince Cinders Ugly Brother Voice
1994 Bullets over Broadway Warner Purcell
1994 Princess Caraboo Mr. Worrall
1994 Widows' Peak Con Clancy
1995 Richard III The Duke of Buckingham
1995 The Last Englishman Col. Alfred D. Wintle
1995 Rough Magic Doc Ansell
1996 The Secret Agent Chief Inspector Heat
1997 Borrowers, TheThe Borrowers Pod Clock
1997 Smilla's Sense of Snow Dr. Lagermann
1998 Avengers, TheThe Avengers Mother
1998 Little Voice Mr. Boo
1999 Topsy-Turvy W. S. Gilbert
2001 Bridget Jones's Diary Colin Jones
2001 Moulin Rouge! Harold Zidler
2001 Iris John Bayley
2002 Gangs of New York Boss Tweed
2002 Nicholas Nickleby Mr. Wackford Squeers
2003 Bright Young Things Drunk Major
2003 Anna Spud Dad Short film
2004 Around the World in 80 Days Lord Kelvin
2004 Vanity Fair Mr. Osborne
2004 Tooth The Rabbit Voice
2004 Vera Drake Judge
2004 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Colin Jones
2005 Robots Madame Gasket Voice
2005 Valiant Sergeant Voice
2005 Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, TheThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Professor Kirke
2005 The Magic Roundabout Brian Voice
2006 Art School Confidential Jimmy
2007 Hot Fuzz Inspector Frank Butterman
2007 And When Did You Last See Your Father? Arthur Morrison
2008 Free Jimmy Igor Stromowskij English dub
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Dean Charles Stanforth
2008 Inkheart Fenoglio
2008 Tales of the Riverbank G.P. Voice
2009 Young Victoria, TheThe Young Victoria King William IV
2009 Damned United, TheThe Damned United Sam Longson
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Horace Slughorn
2009 Perrier's Bounty Jim McCrea
2010 Another Year Tom
2010 Animals United Winston English dub
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Horace Slughorn
2011 Arthur Christmas Malcolm "Santa" Claus Voice
2011 The Iron Lady Denis Thatcher
2012 Cloud Atlas Captain Molyneux
Vyvyan Ayrs
Timothy Cavendish
Korean Musician
Prescient 2
2013 Closed Circuit Attorney General
2013 Filth Dr. Rossi
2013 Le Week-End Nick Burrows
2013 The Harry Hill Movie Bill the Cleaner
2013 The Phone Call Stanley Voice
Short film
2014 Postman Pat: The Movie Mr. Brown Voice
2014 Paddington Samuel Gruber
2014 Get Santa Santa Claus
2014 Big Game Herbert
2015 Brooklyn Father Flood
2015 The Lady in the Van Underwood
2015 The Weather Inside Britischer Botschafter
2016 Eddie the Eagle BBC Commentator
2016 The Legend of Tarzan British Prime Minister
2016 Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods Julius Caesar English dub
2016 Bridget Jones's Baby Colin Jones
2016 Ethel & Ernest Ernest Briggs Voice
2017 The Sense of an Ending Tony Webster
2017 Paddington 2 Samuel Gruber
2017 Mary and the Witch's Flower Doctor Dee English dub
2018 Black 47 Lord Kilmichael
2018 Magik Lewis Clark Voice
2019 The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Not the Nine O'Clock News Union negotiator Sketch: "Final Demands"
1982 Objects of Affection Cemetery Attendant Episode: "Our Winnie"
1982 Bird of Prey DI Stanley Richardson Episode: "Input Classified"
1982 Walter Joseph (Orderly) Television film
1983 Black Adder, TheThe Black Adder Don Speekingleesh Episode: "The Queen of Spain's Beard"
1983 Walter and June Joseph (Orderly) Television film
1983, 1985
Only Fools and Horses Det. Chief Insp. Roy Slater 3 episodes
1984 Crown Court Robert MacBride Episode: "Whisper Who Dares: Part 1"
1985 Happy Families Dalcroix 3 episodes
1985 Silas Marner Jem Rodney Television film
1986 Screen Two Gutling Episode: "The Insurance Man"
1987 Victoria Wood as Seen on TV the Doctor Television special
1988 Tales of the Unexpected Mr. Lovejoy Episode: "The Facts of Life"
1988 Theatre Night Maitre Jacques Episode: "The Miser"
1988 Dramarama Uncle Keith Episode: "Making Waves"
1988 Blackadder's Christmas Carol Prince Albert Television special
1989 Revolution!! Wallace Television film; also writer
1989 Victoria Wood Alan Hammond Episode: "Staying In"
1990 Omnibus Postman Roulin Episode: "Van Gogh"
1991 Gone to the Dogs Jim Morley 6 episodes
1991 Murder Most Horrid Selwyn Proops Episode: "A Determined Woman"
1991 Performance Carmello Episode: "Nona"
1991, 1993 Screen One Deric Longden / Grocer 2 episodes
1992 A Sense of History The 23rd Earl of Leete Television film; also writer
1992 Inspector Morse Charlie Bennett Episode: "Absolute Conviction"
1993 The Comic Strip Presents George Episode: "Detectives on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown"
1994 Perpetual Motion - The Ford Transit Narrator Voice
1995–2000 The Peter Principle Peter Duffley 13 episodes
1996–1999 Percy the Park Keeper Percy Voice
18 episodes
1997–1998 Brambly Hedge Basil Voice
2 episodes
1999 Doctor Who: Curse of Fatal Death Credited as The Shy Doctor Television special
2002 Gathering Storm, TheThe Gathering Storm Desmond Morton Television film
2003 Young Visiters, TheThe Young Visiters Alfred Salteena Television film
2003 And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself Harry Aitken Television film
2004 Pride Eddie Voice
Television film
2005 Spider-Plant Man Batman Television short
2006 Street, TheThe Street Stan McDermott 3 episodes
2006 Longford Lord Longford Television film
2008 Einstein and Eddington Sir Oliver Lodge Television film
2008 Lost and Found Narrator Voice
Television film
2010 Any Human Heart Logan Mountstuart (older) 4 episodes
2011 Exile Sam Ronstadt 3 episodes
2013 The Great Train Robbery Tommy Butler Television film
2015 London Spy Scottie 5 episodes
2015 The Go-Between Old Leo Colston Television film
2015–present Teletubbies Trumpets Voice
2016 War & Peace Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky 5 episodes
2017–present Game of Thrones Archmaester Ebrose 4 episodes
2018 King Lear Earl of Gloucester Television film

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