James "Jim" Broadbent (born 24 May 1949) is an English Academy Award, BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning, theatre, film and television actor, perhaps best known for his roles in Iris, Moulin Rouge!, Topsy-Turvy and Bridget Jones' Diary.
Broadbent was born in Lincoln, the son of Doreen "Dee" (née Findlay), a sculptor, and Roy Laverick Broadbent, an artist, sculptor, interior designer, and furniture maker who turned a former church into a theatre named after him. Broadbent's parents were both amateur actors who co-founded the Holton Players acting troupe at Holton cum Beckering; the two were described by the BBC as conscientious objectors who "worked the land" rather than participate in World War II. He had a twin sister who died at birth. Broadbent 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 from which he graduated in 1972.
Broadbent is married to painter and former theatre designer, Anastasia Lewis.
Broadbent's early stagework included a number of productions for The National Theatre of Brent as the downtrodden assistant Wallace to Patrick Barlow's self