- Left school at 16 and spent the next couple of years working as a busker in London, as well as at a care center for the elderly, before pursuing an acting career.
- Early inspiration was his father, a former actor who left the profession to become a teacher.
- Received the London Critics Circle Film Award in 2002 for British Supporting Actor of the Year for 2001's A Knight's Tale.
- Prepared for his role in Wimbledon (2004) with the help of former tennis ace Pat Cash.
- Worked alongside Jon Favreau while shooting Wimbledon. Favreau later cast Bettany as the voice of Jarvis in the 2008 blockbuster film Iron Man.
- 2004, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 2012, Independent Spirit Awards — Robert Altman Award: Winner
- 2004, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
- 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- Emaly — Niece
- Kai Dugan — Stepson
- Thane Bettany — Father
- Jennifer Connelly — Wife
- Olga Gwynne — Grandmother
- Emily Mortimer — Ex-significant Other
- Agnes Lark Bettany — Daughter
- Stellan Bettany — Son
- Anne — Mother
- Matthew Bettany — Brother
- Sarah — Sister
- Attended University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins College, The Drama Centre, London England
- Birth Place: London, England
- Profession: Actor
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