Jim Broadbent was born in Lincolnshire and trained at Lamda. On stage he has worked at, amongst many others, the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Royal Court.
He has worked extensively in television; most recently he won an Emmy for his performance in The Street and a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for his performance as Lord Longford in Longford for HBO/Channel 4.
Jim has made more than forty films including Life is Sweet, Vera Drake and Topsy-Turvy with Mike Leigh, the latter of which won him the award for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival. Other films include Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway, Gangs of New York, Richard III, Bridget Jones' Diary and Little Voice. In 2002 he was awarded a BAFTA for Moulin Rouge and for Iris with Judi Dench he was awarded an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor.
More recently he has been filming Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince playing Horace Slughorn. He also appears in the latest Indiana Jones film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.