Secret Life of Bees: Paul Bettany

Paul Bettany/ Photo Credit: Sidney Baldwin

Paul Bettany is an actor of immense versatility and depth who has received critical acclaim for his stellar body of work on stage, television and the big screen. Bettany’s early film work includes A KNIGHT’S TALE, in which he played the comical role of Chaucer opposite the late Heath Ledger. For his performance he won the London Film Critics’ Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Classically trained at the Drama Centre in London, Bettany made his first stage debuts in “An Inspector Calls,” “Richard III,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Julius Caesar” before landing his first feature film role in BENT. Additional credits include “Love and Understanding,” Lynda La Plante’s “Killer Net” and “Coming Home,” in which he starred with Peter O’Toole.

His appearances in “One More Wasted Year” and “Stranger’s House” preceded his second feature film role in David Leland’s LAND GIRLS with Catherine McCormack and Rachel Weisz. He next appeared in the film AFTER THE RAIN.

Other credits include a role as ‘Steerforth’ in the TNT production of “David Copperfield,” directed by Peter Medak opposite Sally Field and Michael Richards, SUICIDE CLUB, GANSTER NO. 1, and THE RECKONING, opposite Willem Dafoe.

Bettany’s additional credits include a starring role as the imaginary roommate opposite Russell Crowe, Ed Harris and Jennifer Connelly in the Academy Award winning film A BEAUTIFUL MIND for director Ron Howard. His performance won him the London Film Critic’s Award for Best British Actor.

Other credits include THE HEART OF ME, DOGVILLE opposite Nicole Kidman and Stellan Skaarsgard, WIMBLEDON and MASTER & COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD.

His performance won him the Evening Standard Award for Best British Actor, the London Film Critic’s Award for Best Supporting Actor for both MASTER & COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD, THE HEART OF ME and the Elle Style Award for Best Actor in MASTER & COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD and DOGVILLE.

His nominations include a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor and a Broadcast Film Critics Association nomination for Best Supporting Actor in MASTER & COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD.

Bettany re-teamed for a second time with director Ron Howard for THE DA VINCI CODE, alongside Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian Mckellen and Alfred Molina. Additional film credits include INKHEART and Martin Scorsese’s THE YOUNG VICTORIA in which Bettany stars opposite Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend and Jim Broadbent. He also plays the lead role of Archangel “Michael” for Screen Gems thriller, LEGION.