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Ben Whishaw to star in BBC miniseries 'London Spy'

Ben Whishaw to star in BBC miniseries 'London Spy'

NEW YORK, Oct. 20 (UPI) --Ben Whishaw, Charlotte Rampling and Jim Broadbent are to star in the five-part miniseries "London Spy," BBC America announced.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, May 24, 2014

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Too-cute teaser trailer for 'Paddington' released

Too-cute teaser trailer for 'Paddington' released

LONDON, March 5 (UPI) -- An adorable teaser trailer for the film "Paddington" brings the beloved bear to life.
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Julie Walters set for Richard Harris honor at the BIFAs

Julie Walters set for Richard Harris honor at the BIFAs

LONDON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Actress Julie Walters is to be honored at Sunday's Moet British Independent Film Awards in London, organizers announced.
'Starred Up' earns 8 British Independent Film Award nominations

'Starred Up' earns 8 British Independent Film Award nominations

LONDON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The prison drama "Starred Up" led the field Monday with nominations for eight British Independent Film Awards.
Colin Firth to lend his voice to Paddington Bear

Colin Firth to lend his voice to Paddington Bear

LONDON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- British film star Colin Firth is to lend his voice to the animated character of Paddington Bear in an upcoming live-action family film, the BBC reported.
Halle Berry relished playing multiple roles in 'Cloud Atlas'

Halle Berry relished playing multiple roles in 'Cloud Atlas'

Halle Berry says she jumped at the chance to play numerous characters in the big-screen adaptation of David Mitchell's 2004 time-spanning, globe-trotting fantasy epic, "Cloud Atlas."
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Gambon, Law to receive BIFA honor

Gambon, Law to receive BIFA honor

LONDON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Actors Jude Law and Michael Gambon are to be honored at next month's British Independent Film Awards ceremony in London, organizers said.
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Lana Wachowski talks about sex change

Lana Wachowski talks about sex change

TORONTO, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Director Lana, formerly Larry, Wachowski says it was a big decision to confirm her gender-reassignment at the Toronto International Film Festival.
'Cloud Atlas' gets October release date

'Cloud Atlas' gets October release date

BURBANK, Calif., June 22 (UPI) -- Warner Bros. Pictures says it has set an Oct. 26 opening date for "Cloud Atlas," starring Halle Berry and Tom Hanks, in North America.

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'The Artist' up for 12 BAFTAs

'The Artist' up for 12 BAFTAs

LONDON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- "The Artist" was nominated for 12 Orange British Academy Film Awards, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts said Tuesday.
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British actor Jim Broadbent attends the World premiere of "Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince" at the Odeon and Empire Cinemas at Leicester Square in London on July 7, 2009. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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James "Jim" Broadbent (born 24 May 1949) is an English theatre, film, and television actor. He is known for his roles in Iris, Moulin Rouge!, Topsy-Turvy, Hot Fuzz, and Bridget Jones' Diary. He also appears in the Harry Potter films as Horace Slughorn.

Broadbent was born in Lincoln, the son of Doreen "Dee" Broadbent (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's early stagework included a number of productions for The National Theatre of Brent, as the downtrodden assistant Wallace to Patrick Barlow's self-important actor/manager character Desmond Olivier Dingle. Broadbent and Barlow played many male and female character roles in comically less-than-epic tellings of historical and religious stories such as The Messiah, The Complete Guide to Sex, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Revolution!!, and All The World's A Globe. These were hits at the Edinburgh Fringe, in London, and on tour. Later stage work included the original productions of Kafka's Dick (1986) and Our Country's Good (1988) at the Royal Court Theatre and work for the Royal National Theatre including "The Government Inspector". Work on the stage with Mike Leigh includes Goosepimples and Ecstasy.

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