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Paul Bettany
Paul Bettany
(born 27 May 1971)[1] is an English actor. He is known for his voice role as J.A.R.V.I.S. and the Vision in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, specifically the films Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3
(2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and Captain America: Civil War (2016). He first came to the attention of mainstream audiences when he appeared in the British film Gangster No. 1
Gangster No. 1
(2000), and director Brian Helgeland's film A Knight's Tale (2001). He has gone on to appear in a wide variety of films, including A Beautiful Mind (2001), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), Dogville
Dogville
(2003), Wimbledon (2004), and the adaptation of the novel The Da Vinci Code (2006). He has been nominated for various awards, including BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Bettany is married to American actress Jennifer Connelly, with whom he has two children. His most commercially successful films have been The Avengers, which grossed over US$1.5 billion, its sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, which grossed over $1.4 billion, Iron Man 3, which grossed over US$1.2 billion, Captain America: Civil War, which grossed over US$1.1 billion, and The Da Vinci Code, which grossed US$758 million.[2]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Bettany was born in Shepherd's Bush, west London, the son of Anne (née Kettle), a stage singer, theatre teacher, and stage manager, and Thane Bettany, a dancer, actor, and drama teacher.[3] Initially, Bettany was raised Roman Catholic,[4][5] although his church attendance drifted after his confirmation.[6] Later he attended Methodist and Church of England
England
congregations with his father, as the latter experimented with different Christian branches.[7] Bettany later became an atheist.[8] While his father taught at the all-girls boarding school Queenswood School
Queenswood School
near Hatfield, Hertfordshire, the family lived on the campus.[9] When Bettany was 16, his brother Matthew died at age 8 after falling onto concrete from a tennis pavilion roof at Queenswood.[10] Soon after, Bettany dropped out of school, left home, and went to live on his own as a street performer in London.[11] He lived in a small flat and earned money by playing his guitar in the streets as a busker.[11] His parents later divorced.[12] After two years, he found a new job in a home for the elderly.[11] After working there for a year, Bettany enrolled at the Drama Centre in London.[11] Career[edit] In 1990 at the age of 19, Bettany began a three-year course at the Drama Centre London
London
in Chalk Farm.[13] He made his stage debut in Stephen Daldry's acclaimed West End revival of An Inspector Calls
An Inspector Calls
at the Aldwych Theatre, playing the part of Eric Birling. He also appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company's productions of Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar (for which he received a Charleson Award nomination). When Bettany was 21 he appeared in a BBC production of Oliver Twist, playing Bill Sikes. After appearing in the finale of Sean Bean's series Sharpe as HRH The Prince of Orange at the Battle of Waterloo, he made his film debut with a small part in Bent, a Holocaust
Holocaust
drama which also featured Clive Owen, Jude Law, and Ian McKellen. He continued doing work in stage and television: these included Joe Penhall's Love and Understanding, which played at London's Bush Theatre
Bush Theatre
and then ran in Connecticut. He had roles in the television productions Killer Net and Coming Home, during which he met and dated Emily Mortimer. His last stage work was in One More Wasted Year and Stranger's House at the Royal Court Theatre. He filmed several more movies, including his first leading role in Gangster No. 1. The British Independent Film Awards
British Independent Film Awards
nominated him for Best Actor, and the London
London
Film Critics' Circle nominated him for British Newcomer of the Year.[citation needed] Back in Hollywood, writer/director Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential) was planning a new film called The Sin Eater (also known as The Order). He was impressed by Bettany's audition tape, though Helgeland eventually decided to film A Knight's Tale
A Knight's Tale
instead. The studio executives were not impressed, but Helgeland was determined to cast him, even writing the part of Chaucer
Chaucer
for him. A Knight's Tale
A Knight's Tale
would be Bettany's first big Hollywood production. He received critical acclaim for A Knight's Tale, including winning the London
London
Film Critics Circle Award for Best British Supporting Actor. After the movie wrapped, Helgeland, determined that Hollywood should recognize Bettany's talent, showed the audition tape to many of his peers, including Ron Howard, who promptly cast Bettany in A Beautiful Mind. After A Beautiful Mind, Bettany was offered the role of serial killer Francis Dolarhyde
Francis Dolarhyde
in Red Dragon, opposite Edward Norton
Edward Norton
and Anthony Hopkins. He turned down the role in favour of accepting a part with Stellan Skarsgård
Stellan Skarsgård
and Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
in Lars von Trier's Dogville.[citation needed] Bettany's next major project saw him starring again alongside Russell Crowe in Peter Weir's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. His portrayal of surgeon and naturalist Stephen Maturin brought him a BAFTA nomination, and he was named British Actor of the Year (London Film Critics' Circle), and Best Actor (Evening Standard). On 28 June 2004, Bettany and 13 other actors were included in the 2004 invitation to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Dogville
Dogville
and The Reckoning were released in limited cinemas in 2004. In September of that year, Bettany made his leading-man debut in Wimbledon, a romantic comedy with Kirsten Dunst. The film's cast would also introduce him to Jon Favreau, playing his manager, a relationship that would return when Favreau cast him as the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. in Iron Man. In mid-2005, Bettany filmed Firewall in Vancouver, Canada, a thriller also starring Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
and Virginia Madsen, which reunited him with Wimbledon director Richard Loncraine. He spent the autumn of 2005 filming The Da Vinci Code, based on Dan Brown's best-selling novel and starring Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou
Audrey Tautou
and Ian McKellen. In the film, he played an Opus Dei
Opus Dei
monk named Silas. In 2007, Bettany went to London
London
to star in There For Me, written by his friends Dan Fredenburgh and Doraly Rosen.[14] In 2008, he appeared in the New Line Cinema
New Line Cinema
family fantasy Inkheart, playing the part of a fire-eater named Dustfinger.[15] In 2009, he appeared as Charles Darwin in Creation, starring opposite wife Jennifer Connelly. In 2010, Bettany appeared alongside Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
and Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
in The Tourist and portrayed the archangel Michael in Legion, a movie based on God's vengeance against humanity. He starred in the films Priest and Margin Call, both released in 2011. Bettany reprised his voice role as J.A.R.V.I.S. in 2010's Iron Man 2, 2012's The Avengers, 2013's Iron Man 3, and Disneyland's Innoventions attraction.[16] In 2014, Bettany starred alongside Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
and fellow British actor Rebecca Hall
Rebecca Hall
in the feature film Transcendence. He was once again paired with Depp in Mortdecai, a 2015 motion picture also starring Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow
and Ewan McGregor.[17] He played the Vision in the 2015 film Avengers: Age of Ultron,[18] and reprised his voice role as J.A.R.V.I.S. again in the same film. Bettany portrayed The Vision again in Captain America: Civil War,[19] and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. He starred alongside Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
and Jessica Chastain in the first to third seasons of the FX action thriller television series White Walls. Bettany also stars as Ted Kaczynski
Ted Kaczynski
in the Discovery Channel television show, Manhunt: Unabomber. Bettany replaced Michael K. Williams in Solo: A Star Wars Story,[20] after he was removed from the final film after being unable to return to set during the film's reshoots. Bettany was cast in his place, with the character being reworked from a motion-capture alien, to a human.[21] On 20 January 2018, it was reported that Bettany was nearing a deal to play Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
on the Netflix
Netflix
series The Crown succeeding Matt Smith.[22] Days later on 25 January, it was reported by TVLine that Bettany was ultimately unable to sign on the dotted line due to scheduling conflicts.[23] Personal life[edit] On 1 January 2003, Bettany married American actress Jennifer Connelly in Scotland; they met when they starred together in A Beautiful Mind.[24] They did not become a couple until some time after the film, as both were in other relationships during filming.[25] She was his childhood crush since he first saw her as a teenager in the film Labyrinth.[26] The September 11 attacks
September 11 attacks
heightened his feeling that he should act on his feelings for her, and when he reached her after trying to contact her for two days, he asked her to marry him.[27] Soon after, he moved to Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn, New York
with Connelly and her son. The couple have also had two children together, a son and a daughter.[28] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes

1997 Bent Captain

1998 The Land Girls Philip

1999 After the Rain Steph

2000 Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) Jimmy

2000 The Suicide Club (a.k.a. Game of Death) Shaw

2000 Dead Babies Quentin

2000 Gangster No. 1 Young Gangster

2001 A Knight's Tale Geoffrey Chaucer

2001 A Beautiful Mind Charles Herman

2002 Euston Road "Y" Short

2002 The Heart of Me Rickie

2003 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Dr. Stephen Maturin

2003 The Reckoning Nicholas

2003 Dogville Tom Edison

2004 Wimbledon Peter Colt

2006 Firewall Bill Cox

2006 The Da Vinci Code Silas

2008 Iron Man J.A.R.V.I.S. Voice

2008 The Secret Life of Bees T. Ray Owens

2008 Inkheart Dustfinger

2008 Broken Lines Chester

2009 The Young Victoria Lord Melbourne

2009 Creation Charles Darwin

2010 Legion Michael

2010 Iron Man 2 J.A.R.V.I.S. Voice

2010 The Tourist John Acheson

2011 Priest Priest

2011 Margin Call Will Emerson

2012 The Avengers J.A.R.V.I.S. Voice

2013 Blood Joe Fairburn

2013 Iron Man 3 J.A.R.V.I.S. Voice

2014 Transcendence Max Waters

2014 Shelter N/A Writer & director

2015 Mortdecai Jock Strapp

2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Vision Also voice of J.A.R.V.I.S.

2015 Legend Charlie Richardson

2016 Captain America: Civil War Vision

2017 Journey's End Osborne

2018 Avengers: Infinity War Vision Post-production

2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story Dryden Vos Post-production

2019 Untitled Avengers film Vision Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes

1994 Wycliffe Ian Greaves Episode: "The Pea Green Boat"

1996 The Bill Jake Connolly Episode: "The Right Thing"

1997 Sharpe's Waterloo Prince William of Orange Television film

1998 Coming Home Edward Carey-Lewis Television serial

1998 Killer Net Joe Hunter Television miniseries

1999 Every Woman Knows a Secret Rob Television miniseries

2000 David Copperfield James Steerforth Television film

2017 Manhunt: Unabomber Ted Kaczynski Television miniseries

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Film Result

2000 British Independent Film Award for Best Actor Gangster No. 1 Nominated

2000 London
London
Film Critics' Circle Award for British Newcomer of the Year Gangster No. 1 Nominated

2001 London
London
Film Critics' Circle Award for Supporting Actor of the Year A Knight's Tale Won

2001 Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer A Knight's Tale Nominated

2001 London
London
Film Critics' Circle Award for Supporting Actor of the Year A Beautiful Mind Nominated

2001 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture A Beautiful Mind Nominated

2003 Evening Standard
Evening Standard
British Film Award for Best Actor Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and The Heart of Me Won

2003 London
London
Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actor of the Year Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Won

2003 BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Nominated

2003 BFCA Critics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Nominated

2004 Empire Award for Best British Actor Wimbledon Nominated

2004 Jordan Award for Best Actor Wimbledon Won

2006 Glamour Awards Man of the Year

Won

2008 Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble The Secret Life of Bees Nominated

2016 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor Avengers: Age of Ultron Nominated

References[edit]

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biography site". Tiscali.co.uk. Archived from the original on 26 March 2009. Retrieved 9 October 2010.  ^ Barton, Laura (12 May 2006). "When albino monks attack". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 27 May 2010. Bettany was himself raised as a Catholic,...  ^ Carnevale, Rob (September 2006). "Paul Bettany: The Da Vinci Code". BBC. Retrieved 27 May 2010. I was born a Catholic and now I'm a lapsed Catholic.  ^ Laura Barton. " Paul Bettany
Paul Bettany
tells Laura Barton why he was born to play Silas in The Da Vinci Code". the Guardian.  ^ David Germain (15 May 2006). "Pious killer: Bettany dons robes as monk assassin in 'Da Vinci'". Associated Press. Retrieved 21 October 2012.  ^ Adam Rutherford (12 February 2009). "Paul Bettany: Playing Darwin with Creation". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 7 September 2009.  ^ Julie McCaffery (16 May 2006). "Tragedy, Drugs and a Dad Who Wanted to Have a Sex Change Op". Daily Mirror. Archived from the original on 7 December 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2008.  ^ Annabel Rivkin (24 March 2006). "Paul's progress". Evening Standard. p. 29. Retrieved 21 October 2012.  ^ a b c d Mal Vincent (18 September 2004). ""Wimbledon" serves as a change of pace". Virginia Pilot and Ledger-Star. Retrieved 21 October 2012.  ^ Standing, Sarah (28 May 2009). "Rise of the strays (that's formerly straight, now gay)". Evening Standard. Retrieved 16 May 2013.  ^ Jamie Portman (17 September 2004). "Wimbledon actor glimpses fame on set: Hollywood is grooming Paul Bettany
Paul Bettany
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joins the fantasy INKHEART". Cinescape.com. Archived from the original on 30 August 2006. Retrieved 9 October 2010.  ^ Goldman, Eric (12 April 2013). " Disneyland
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Jennifer Connelly
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Awards for Paul Bettany

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London
London
Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actor of the Year

Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
(1991) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(1992) David Thewlis
David Thewlis
(1993) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(1994) Nigel Hawthorne (1995) Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor
/ Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1996) Robert Carlyle
Robert Carlyle
(1997) Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson
(1998) Jeremy Northam
Jeremy Northam
(1999) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2000) Paul Bettany
Paul Bettany
(2001) Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
(2002) Paul Bettany
Paul Bettany
(2003) Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig
(2004) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(2005) Toby Jones
Toby Jones
(2006) James McAvoy
James McAvoy
(2007) Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender
(2008) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2009) Christian Bale
Christian Bale
(2010) Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender
(2011) Toby Jones
Toby Jones
(2012) James McAvoy
James McAvoy
(2013) Timothy Spall
Timothy Spall
(2014) Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy
(2015) Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield
(2016) Daniel Kaluuya
Daniel Kaluuya
(2017)

v t e

London
London
Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year

Rupert Everett
Rupert Everett
(1997) Nigel Hawthorne (1998) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1999) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2000) Paul Bettany
Paul Bettany
(2001) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2002) Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
(2003) Phil Davis (2004) Tom Hollander
Tom Hollander
(2005) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(2006) Tom Wilkinson
Tom Wilkinson
(2007) Eddie Marsan
Eddie Marsan
(2008) Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender
(2009) Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield
(2010)

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Glamour Awards Man of the Year

David Schwimmer
David Schwimmer
(2004) Usher (2005) Paul Bettany
Paul Bettany
(2006) Eric Mabius
Eric Mabius
(2007) Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson
(2008) Kanye West
Kanye West
(2009) Aaron Johnson (2010) Garrett Hedlund
Garrett Hedlund
(2011) Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston
(2012) Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe
(2013) Sam Claflin
Sam Claflin
(2014) Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris
(2015) James Norton (2016)

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