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The Many Faces of… Paul Bettany

Paul Bettany was born on 27th of May 1971 in London. After he started living on his own he made money playing guitar on the streets. He studied at the Drama Centre London and appeared on stage in a production of An Inspector Calls. He appeared in several Shakespeare plays with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He made the move to TV and appeared in various TV series. His first leading role was in the movie Gangster No.1, which made people take notice. His first big Hollywood production was A Knight’s Tale. He has since appeared in various big productions like A Beautiful Mind, Master and Commander and The Da Vinci Code and as the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. in the Iron Man movies.

Overview of the roles of Paul Bettany in movies

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From left to right: Sharpe’s Waterloo, Coming Home, Killer Net, Every Woman Knows a Secret, After the Rain, The Suicide Club, Gangster No.1, Dead Babies, David Copperfield, A Knight’s Tale, Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang), A Beautiful Mind, The Heart of Me, The Reckoning, Dogville, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Euston Road, Wimbledon, Firewall, The Da Vinci Code, Iron Man (Iron Man 2 and The Avengers), Broken Lines, The Secret Life of Bees, Inkheart, Legion, The Young Victoria, Creation, The Tourist, Margin Call, Priest, Blood

Although he has had many great roles my favorite has to be the one where I first noticed him, which was in A Knight’s Tale.

What’s your favorite Paul Bettany role?

Category: Movies
  • Scott Lawlor (@FrontRoomCinema) says:

    Fave roles for Bettany would be – Wimbledon and A Knights Tale….

    October 19, 2012 at 9:50 am
    • Nostra says:

      Have not seen Wimbledon, is it worth seeing?

      October 20, 2012 at 7:05 pm
  • ckckred says:

    I’ve never been an avid fan of Bettany but I’d have to say Master and Commander.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm
    • Nostra says:

      I personally didn’t like Master and Commander much, so can’t remember anything about it.

      October 20, 2012 at 7:05 pm
  • intercityfirm1970 says:

    One of our best.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm
    • Nostra says:

      In my opinion he is a great actor.

      October 20, 2012 at 7:05 pm
  • Kim (klling) @ Tranquil Dreams says:

    I haven’t seen A Knight’s Tale yet. But I have enjoyed Bettany in Legion and Wimbledon. I’m not a huge fan of those movies but I enjoyed his role.

    October 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm
    • Nostra says:

      A Knight’s Tale is a nice middle ages story with some modern twists (like “We will rock you”)

      October 20, 2012 at 7:06 pm
  • jackdeth72 says:

    Hi, all:

    Paul Bettany caught my attention opposite Sean Bean’s Sharpe. Thought he was fantastic as ‘Gangster #1″. Though his best and most subtle role was in ‘Master and Commander’.

    He reminds a lot of Laurence Fox’s DS James Hathaway in the ‘Inspector Lewis’ stories. Though Bettany has the opportunities to utilize far more edge. Once he found his niche, he’ll be formidable!

    October 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Have not seen all of his movies, but I always enjoy his performances. Don’t know the Inspector Lewis stories…

      October 20, 2012 at 7:07 pm
  • Jaina says:

    Ahh, Paul Bettany was great in A Knight’s Tale! I don’t know what the hell has happened to him since. Sure he’s JARVIS, but the last films I saw him in properly were Priest and Legion. What was he doing?!

    October 20, 2012 at 6:02 pm
    • Nostra says:

      I think I’ve seen Legion (which wasn’t a good movie and I don’t remember much about it) and skipped Priest…so can’t really answer your question :)

      October 20, 2012 at 7:08 pm
  • fernandorafael says:

    Paul Bettany rules! He’s always great but I kinda love his role in The Da Vinci Code.

    October 22, 2012 at 1:05 am
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, he stands out in that role..very creepy :)

      October 22, 2012 at 7:41 pm
    • Novroz says:

      Him as Silas in Davinci code is the character that makes me a fan

      November 3, 2012 at 8:13 am
  • Novroz says:

    I looooove Paul Bettany!!
    He has good acting ability but he needs more challenging roles

    November 3, 2012 at 8:13 am
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks for your ethusiastic comment Novroz. What kind of role would you like to see him in?

      November 5, 2012 at 8:44 am
      • Novroz says:

        I hope he stops playing in movies like Legion and Priest. He was great in Margin Call…I want him in that serious role again…or funny like in a Knight’s tale.

        November 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm
        • Nostra says:

          I see, well let’s wait and see what the future will bring :)

          November 5, 2012 at 5:16 pm

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