Paul Bettany is an English actor. Appearing in
a wide variety of films, he has been nominated for BAFTA and Screen
Actors Guild Awards.
When Bettany was 19, he decided to be an actor, and he pursued that
career with determination, studying 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,
as 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 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 Flatbush 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. He did his last
theatre work in One More Wasted Year and Stranger's House at the
Royal Court Theatre .....