A former Westminster Bridge busker who shot to fame in such stateside efforts as A Knight’s Tale and A Beautiful Mind (both 2001), actor Paul Bettany’s willingness to challenge himself by jumping genres has given him rare exposure on both sides of the Atlantic. Born in London, Bettany was raised in Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire from age nine. Introduced to acting by his father (a teacher and ex-actor who gave up the stage for the classroom) and fueled by a love of cinema (Casablanca 1942 and Brief Encounter 1945 provided Bettany with early inspiration), the aspiring actor would subsequently pursue studies at London’s Drama Center. Though the popular misconception that he was raised in a “theater family” continues to shadow the actor, Bettany has publicly stated that, by the time he was around, his father was working as a teacher and his mother’s days as a singer were long behind her.
Following his stage debut… read more