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Paul Bettany Biography

Birth Place:
London, England

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 2012Independent Spirit Awards-Robert Altman Award: winner
  • 2004BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2004Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated