From Wikipedia the free encyclopedia
|Education||Drama Centre London|
Paul Bettany (born 27 May 1971) is an English actor. He is most recently known for portraying Vision and voicing J.A.R.V.I.S. in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). He also played the character in two Disney+ series: the miniseries WandaVision (2021), where he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie, and the animated series What If...? (2021).
Bettany first came to the attention of mainstream audiences when he starred in the films Gangster No. 1 (2000), A Knight's Tale (2001) and A Beautiful Mind (2001). He was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for playing Stephen Maturin in the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003). Bettany's other films include Dogville (2003), Wimbledon (2004), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Creation (2009), The Tourist (2010), Margin Call (2011), Legend (2015) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). He made his directorial debut with the film Shelter (2014), which he also wrote and co-produced.
Bettany was born on 27 May 1971 in London,[a] to Anne (née Kettle), a stage singer, theatre teacher, and stage manager, and Thane Bettany, a dancer, actor, drama teacher and godfather to Sophie, Countess of Wessex. Bettany was raised Roman Catholic, although his church attendance drifted after his confirmation. Bettany then experimented with other Christian denominations among which were Methodist and Church of England congregations with his father. Bettany now identifies as an atheist. While his father taught at the all-girls boarding school Queenswood School, near Hatfield, Hertfordshire, the family lived on the school grounds.
When Bettany was 16, his brother Matthew died at age 8 after falling onto concrete from a tennis pavilion roof at Queenswood. Soon after, Bettany dropped out of school, left home, and became a street performer in London. He lived in a small flat and earned money by playing his guitar in the streets as a busker. His parents later divorced. After two years, he found a new job in a home for the elderly. After working there for a year, Bettany enrolled at the Drama Centre in London. He had dyslexia prior to it being recognised as a learning difficulty.
In 1990, at the age of 19, Bettany began a three-year course at the Drama Centre London in Chalk Farm. He made his stage debut in Stephen Daldry's acclaimed West End revival of 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 William II of the Netherlands at the Battle of Waterloo, he made his film debut with a small part in Bent, a 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 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 nominated him for Best Actor, and the London Film Critics' Circle nominated him for British Newcomer of the Year.
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 instead. The studio executives were not impressed, but Helgeland was determined to cast him, even writing the part of Chaucer for him. 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 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 alongside Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly. After A Beautiful Mind, Bettany was offered the role of serial killer Francis Dolarhyde in Red Dragon, opposite Edward Norton and Anthony Hopkins. He turned down the role due to his commitment to a role in Lars von Trier's Dogville.
Bettany's next major project saw him starring again alongside A Beautiful Mind costar 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 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 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 and Ian McKellen. In the film, he played an Opus Dei monk named Silas.
In 2007, Bettany went to London to star in There For Me, written by his friends Dan Fredenburgh and Doraly Rosen. In 2008, he appeared in the New Line Cinema family fantasy Inkheart, playing the part of a fire-eater named Dustfinger. In 2009, he appeared as Charles Darwin in Creation, starring opposite his own wife Jennifer Connelly. In 2010, Bettany appeared alongside Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in The Tourist and portrayed the archangel Michael in Legion, a film depicting divine vengeance upon 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. In 2014, Bettany starred alongside Johnny Depp and fellow British actor Rebecca Hall in the feature film Transcendence. He was once again paired with Depp in Mortdecai, a 2015 motion picture also starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor. After voicing J.A.R.V.I.S. for five years, Bettany made his first onscreen appearance in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the 2015 film Avengers: Age of Ultron, playing Vision. He reprised the role in the sequels Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.
Bettany portrayed Ted Kaczynski in the Discovery Channel television show, Manhunt: Unabomber. Bettany replaced Michael K. Williams in Solo: A Star Wars Story, after Williams was removed from the final film, as he was 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. On 20 January 2018, it was reported that Bettany was nearing a deal to play Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on the Netflix series The Crown, succeeding Matt Smith. Days later, on 25 January, it was reported by TVLine that Bettany was ultimately unable to sign on due to scheduling conflicts.
Bettany starred alongside Elizabeth Olsen in the Marvel television miniseries WandaVision, portraying a new version of his Marvel Cinematic Universe character, Vision, with Olsen portraying the titular Wanda. It premiered on Disney+ in January 2021, garnering praise from critics. Reviewing the series, Matt Purslow of IGN wrote Bettany "effortlessly takes to the comedic skits" and that he and Olsen "provide a fantastic amount of life, wit, and emotion". For his performance, Bettany received nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film.
Bettany starred in the 2021 miniseries A Very British Scandal. He played artist Andy Warhol in a production of the play The Collaboration by Anthony McCarten at the Young Vic in London from February to April 2022. He is slated to reprise the role in a film adaptation of the play. Bettany is attached to portray businessman Alexander Nix in a film about the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal as well as co-write and star in the dramedy film Harvest Moon.
On 1 January 2003, Bettany married American actress Jennifer Connelly in Scotland; they met when they starred together in the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind. They did not become a couple until some time after filming, as both were in other relationships at the time. As a teenager, he had developed a crush on her after seeing her in the 1986 film Labyrinth. The September 11 attacks motivated him to act on his feelings for her, and after two days of attempting to contact her, he proposed, despite the fact that they were not in a relationship. Soon after their marriage, they moved to Brooklyn Heights after having lived together in Tribeca. The couple have two children together, a son, born 2003, and a daughter, born 2011. Bettany is the stepfather to Connelly's son from a previous relationship.
Bettany is close friends with actor Johnny Depp. Text messages between Bettany and Depp from 2013 were used as evidence in 2020 during Depp's defamation trial against The Sun and in 2022 as part of Depp's defamation trial against his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard.
|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|
|Killer Net||Joe Hunter||Miniseries|
|1999||Every Woman Knows a Secret||Rob|
|2000||David Copperfield||James Steerforth||Television film|
|2017||Manhunt: Unabomber||Ted Kaczynski||Miniseries|
|2021||WandaVision||Vision (Hex Vision) / The Vision (White Vision)|
|Marvel Studios: Assembled||Himself||Documentary; Episode: "Assembled: The Making of WandaVision"|
|What If...?||Vision / J.A.R.V.I.S. (voice)||2 episodes|
|A Very British Scandal||Ian Campbell, 11th Duke of Argyll||Main role|
Awards and nominations
- Walden, Celia (20 May 2013). "Paul Bettany interview: this time it's serious". Archived from the original on 14 July 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
- "Paul Bettany biography site". Tiscali.co.uk. Archived from the original on 26 March 2009. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
- McCaffery, Julie (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.
- Rivkin, Annabel (24 March 2006). "Paul's progress". London Evening Standard. p. 29. Archived from the original on 22 July 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
- Aftab, Kaleem (30 November 2015). "Paul Bettany on why his directorial debut is about homelessness". The Independent. Archived from the original on 17 July 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
- Strauss, Louisa (1 August 2017). "Everything You Need to Know About Paul Bettany". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on 8 March 2021. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
- "Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 23-29". Associated Press. 17 May 2021. Archived from the original on 6 February 2022. Retrieved 6 February 2022.
- Biography of Paul Bettany Archived 26 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- Barton, Laura (12 May 2006). "When albino monks attack". The Guardian. UK. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
Bettany was himself raised as a Catholic,...
- Carnevale, Rob (September 2006). "Paul Bettany: The Da Vinci Code". BBC. Archived from the original on 30 October 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
I was born a Catholic and now I'm a lapsed Catholic.
- David Germain (15 May 2006). "Pious killer: Bettany dons robes as monk assassin in 'Da Vinci'". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
- "Paul Bettany on Charles Darwin: 'He Was an Atheist and So Am I'". 20 January 2010. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- Adam Rutherford (12 February 2009). "Paul Bettany: Playing Darwin with Creation". The Guardian. UK. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2009.
- Mal Vincent (18 September 2004). ""Wimbledon" serves as a change of pace". Virginia Pilot and Ledger-Star. Archived from the original on 11 June 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
- Standing, Sarah (28 May 2009). "Rise of the strays (that's formerly straight, now gay)". London Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
- Jamie Portman (17 September 2004). "Wimbledon actor glimpses fame on set: Hollywood is grooming Paul Bettany as a major international star". The Vancouver Sun. p. H1.
- "Winners Nominations · BIFA · British Independent Film Awards". BIFA · British Independent Film Awards. 24 October 2000. Archived from the original on 12 May 2021. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
- Mills, Nancy (6 January 2002). "THE NEXT BIG THINGS? A new slew of Hollywood hopefuls who are more than just pretty faces". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on 6 February 2022. Retrieved 6 February 2022.
- "Film Stars Come To Hanwell". Ealingtimes.co.uk. 12 July 2007. Archived from the original on 4 March 2022. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
- "Paul Bettany joins the fantasy INKHEART". Cinescape.com. Archived from the original on 30 August 2006. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
- Goldman, Eric (12 April 2013). "Disneyland Introduces Their First Marvel Exhibit with Iron Man Tech". IGN. Archived from the original on 23 February 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
- "Hedsor House used in the film Mortdecai (2015)". Hedsor House. 2015. Archived from the original on 21 January 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
- Lang, Derrik J. (29 April 2015). "Paul Bettany plays new role in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'". The Mercury News. Archived from the original on 6 February 2022. Retrieved 6 February 2022.
- Dockterman, Eliana (12 April 2016). "Captain America: Civil War Stars Answer Fans Taking Sides". Time. Archived from the original on 23 May 2019. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
- Warner, Sam (1 June 2018). "Avengers: Infinity War's Paul Bettany opens up about Vision's "moving" fate". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 8 February 2022. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
- "Michael Kennth Williams joins young Han Solo film". StarWars.com. 6 March 2017. Archived from the original on 7 March 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
- Hall, Jacob (1 September 2017). "The Han Solo Spin-Off Adds Paul Bettany to Replace Michael K. Williams". /Film. Archived from the original on 2 September 2017. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
- Goldberg, Lesley; Konerman, Jennifer (20 January 2018). "'The Crown': Paul Bettany Near Deal to Play Prince Philip". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 20 January 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
- Ausiello, Michael (25 January 2018). "The Crown Season 3: Paul Bettany Exits Talks to Play Prince Philip". TVLine. Archived from the original on 26 January 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
- Couch, Aaron (11 April 2019). "Marvel's Kevin Feige Promises "Major Storylines" for Disney+ Shows". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 12 April 2019. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
- Travers, Ben (26 February 2021). "'WandaVision' Review: The Ghost of Grief's Past Ushers in the Series' Best Episode Yet — Spoilers". IndieWire. Archived from the original on 27 February 2021. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
- McMillan, Graeme (14 January 2021). "'WandaVision:' What the Critics Are Saying". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 22 May 2021. Retrieved 6 February 2022.
- Purslow, Matt (9 March 2021). "WandaVision: Full Series Review". IGN. Archived from the original on 2 January 2022. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
- Hammond, Pete (4 August 2021). "Paul Bettany On His 'WandaVision' Emmy Nomination And Career — The Actor's Side". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 15 December 2021. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
- "2022 Golden Globe winners: the complete list". Los Angeles Times. 9 January 2022. Archived from the original on 7 February 2022. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
- Friedlander, Whitney (22 April 2022). "A Very British Scandal Stars Claire Foy and Paul Bettany on Avenging Margaret Campbell". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 23 April 2022. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
- Gershonowitz, Heather (3 February 2022). "Look Inside Rehearsal for The Collaboration, Starring Jeremy Pope and Paul Bettany, at the Young Vic". Playbill. Archived from the original on 5 February 2022. Retrieved 6 February 2022.
- Fleming, Mike Jr (3 February 2022). "Anthony McCarten's Warhol-Basquiat Stage Play 'The Collaboration' Heading For Big Screen; Helmer Kwame Kwei-Armah, Paul Bettany & Jeremy Pope Reprise". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 3 February 2022. Retrieved 6 February 2022.
- Kroll, Justin (11 October 2021). "Paul Bettany To Star In 'Harvest Moon' For Miramax; Carmen Ejogo, Candice Bergen And Cary Elwes Also On Board". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 20 January 2022. Retrieved 6 February 2022.
- Katz, Brandon (13 March 2020). "Exclusive: Paul Bettany to Co-Star in Cambridge Analytica Drama From 'Avengers' Team". Observer. Archived from the original on 26 June 2020. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
- Mark Armstrong (10 January 2003). "Jennifer Connelly marries Paul Bettany". People. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- Sarah Taylor (20 May 2013). "You Just Remembered That Jennifer Connelly Is One of the Most Interesting Ladies in Hollywood, Didn't You?". Fishwrapper.com. Archived from the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
- Superfan Movies (28 September 2015). Yahoo Confessional: Paul Bettany. Yahoo!. Archived from the original on 25 August 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
- Larry King (13 November 2015). Paul Bettany And Jennifer Connelly Got Engaged Without Even Dating - Larry King Now - Ora.TV. Archived from the original on 31 May 2018. Retrieved 16 July 2016 – via YouTube.
- David, Amrk. "Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly On the Move Again" Archived 26 February 2019 at the Wayback Machine, Variety (magazine), 14 January 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2019. "It was only about 3.5 years ago that English-born movie actor Paul Bettany (A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code, A Knight's Tale) and Brooklyn-bred Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind, Requiem For A Dream, Blood Diamond) paid $6,920,000 for a full floor loft-type penthouse apartment on the edge of New York City's star-stocked TriBeCa neighborhood."
- Tim Adams (25 January 2004). "'I'm just a blond actor, you know'". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
- Zakarin, Jordan (14 December 2010). "Jennifer Connelly pregnant with husband Paul Bettany's second child". HuffPost. AOL, Inc. Archived from the original on 27 November 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
- "Jennifer Connelly gives birth to baby girl!". US Weekly. 8 June 2011. Archived from the original on 1 June 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
- Jordan, Julie (14 January 2021). "WandaVision's Paul Bettany Says His Marriage to Jennifer Connelly 'Really Altered Who I Was'". People. Archived from the original on 5 May 2021. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
- Oppenheim, Maya (29 May 2016). "Mickey Rourke and Paul Bettany defend Johnny Depp and deny claims he is a violent man". The Independent. Archived from the original on 23 September 2021. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
- Maxwell, Dominic (24 February 2022). "Paul Bettany on becoming Warhol, WandaVision and those Johnny Depp texts". The Times. News UK. Archived from the original on 24 February 2022. Retrieved 23 April 2022.
- Southern, Keiran (21 April 2022). "Johnny Depp discussed drowning ex-wife Amber Heard in texts to British actor Paul Bettany". The Times. Archived from the original on 21 April 2022. Retrieved 23 April 2022.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Paul Bettany.|