Paul Bettany | Biography
While talking about the most talented actors of England, Paul Bettany is counted among the top. Rising to prominence in 2000 with his appearance in the film Gangster No. 1, Paul has proved to be one of the best actors by performing varieties of roles in movies of different genres. He has gained huge stardom and international recognition by appearing in few of the highest grossing movies like The Da Vinci Code, The Avengers and Iron Man 3.
Actor Paul Bettany is currently 44 years old in reference to his date of birth which is reported as 27th May, 1971. He took birth in Shepherd’s Bush as the son Thane and Anne Bettany. His father, Thane, is a renowned dancer, actor and drama tutor while her mother, Anne, is a stage manager, stage singer and theatre teacher. Paul is the second child of her parents. He has an elder sister named Sarah and had a younger brother Matthew who died at the age of 8. Following his brother’s death, Paul dropped out of his school and left home to live on his own. During those days, he earned his living by playing guitar in streets of London. Later his parents divorced and his father re-married to Andy Clark.
Paul has been romantically linked with English actress Emily Mortimer and Scottish actress Laura Fraser before meeting the love of his life, Jennifer Connelly. Paul met Jennifer for the first time on the set of the film A Beautiful Mind. Paul played the role of a supporting character named Charles Herman while Jennifer played the lead role as Alicia Nash in the film. Jennifer won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA along with various honors for the phenomenal performance she made in the film. The couple commenced dating in April 2002 and married on 1st January, 2003. Their wedding ceremony was held privately in Scotland which was attended by their close family. Before marrying Paul, Jennifer had a son Kai born from her relationship with photographer David Dugan. Jennifer gave birth to her first child with Paul in 2003. It was a son whom they named Stellan. In 2011, the couple welcomed their second child, a daughter who is named Agnes. The family is currently residing in Brooklyn, New York.
Upon leaving his home, Paul had to earn his living by performing on streets. Nearly two years later, he found a job in home for elder citizen. He worked there for nearly a year and left the job earning enough money for him to join the Drama Centre in London. He studied there for three years and finally made his debut stage appearance as Eric Birling of the play An Inspector Calls. Richard III, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet and Oliver Twist are other plays that he performed in. Paul made his debut screen appearance in 1997 by playing the role of Prince William of Orange in the television series Sharpe’s Waterloo. He made his film debut the same year by appearing in the role of Captain in the film Bent. Paul appeared in various films and television productions like Coming Home, Killer Net, The Land Girls, Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang), David Copperfield, Dead Babies, etc before he made his breakthrough in 2000 by playing the role of a young gangster in the film Gangster No. 1. Eventually, he started appearing in more prominent roles earning him attention from viewers worldwide. Geoffrey Chaucer in A Knight’s Tale, Charles Herman in A Beautiful Mind, Dr. Stephen Maturin in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Silas in The Da Vinci Code, Dustfinger in Inkheart, Lord Melbourne in The Young Victoria, Charles Darwin in Creation, Michael in Legion and Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron are some most important roles that he has played till date. Apart from character portrayal ability, Paul has also been renowned for his voice work. He has played an important role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by voicing the artificial intelligence J.A.R.V.I.S. He has voiced J.A.R.V.I.S. in the movies like Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Iron Man 3 and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Paul Bettany has won the hearts of tens of thousands of people through his skills. His skills have also helped him in accumulating a net worth of $10 million. Paul has been working actively in the sector of women’s rights, human rights and gender equality and is a great supporter of UNIFEM.