Jim Broadbent
Biographical Information
Born May 24th, 1949
Holton cum Beckering, England
Productions Moulin Rouge! as Harold Zidler
Nicholas Nickleby as Wackford Squeers
Hot Fuzz as Inspector Frank Butterman
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince as Professor Horace Slughorn
Recordings Moulin Rouge! (film soundtrack)
Vocal Type Baritone

Jim Broadbent is an English actor.


Born in Holton cum Beckering, England to two amateur actors, Broadbent began at art college before moving on to the London Academy of Dramatic Art. He started his career on the stage often in Mike Leigh productions, and would later play key roles in several of Leigh's films.

In the Nineties, Broadbent became a recognised character actor, in films such as Bullets Over Broadway, before becoming a household name with his Oscar winning turn in Iris . He appeared in both Bridget Jones films and two in the Harry Potter series.

Broadbent also made numerous appearances on television, in comedies such as Blackadder and in dramas such as his acclaimed lead role in Longford.


Broadbent has sang several times in his career, the first time being his largest singing role, as Harold Zidler in Moulin Rouge!, though some of his higher notes were dubbed by Anthony Weigh.

Later roles would feature smaller amounts of singing as part of a group, such as the Yorkshire folk song "On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at" in the 2002 film Nicholas Nickleby, and singing "Happy Birthday" to his onscreen son in Hot Fuzz. He also drunkenly sings "Odo the Hero" in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, along with an equally intoxicated Robbie Coltrane.


Moulin Rouge! (2001)Edit

  • Zidler's Rap (contains solo lines)
  • Sparkling Diamonds (contains solo lines)
  • The Pitch (contains solo lines)
  • Like a Virgin (contains solo lines)
  • A Fool to Believe (duet)
  • The Show Must Go On (contains solo lines)

Nicholas Nickleby (2002)Edit

  • On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at

Hot Fuzz (2007)Edit

  • Happy Birthday

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2010)Edit

  • Odo the Hero (duet)

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