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A versatile performer comfortable with both light comedic and darker, more nuanced roles, Paul Bettany was born May 27, 1971, in London to a theater family headed by Thane Bettany, a respected British actor. After several years as a street corner musician, Bettany studied with the Drama Centre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Good notices for his stage work in "An Inspector Calls" and "Love and Understanding" led to his film debut in Bent (1997) and acclaimed performances in Gangster No. 1 and A Knight's Tale (2001, as Geoffrey Chaucer). Bettany's U.S. breakthrough came as Russell's Crowe's imaginary friend in A Beautiful Mind (2001). They reteamed successfully for Master and Commander in 2003.

Bettany's subsequent films have included Wimbledon (in his first leading-man movie role), Dogville and The Da Vinci Code (2006). He married his Beautiful Mind co-star Jennifer Connelly in 2003.

Paul Bettany in Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War

2016 PG-13

The most explosive clash to ever rock the Marvel Cinematic Universe ignites a firestorm of conflict in the game-changing epic, Captain America: Civil War. In the wake of collateral damage, government pressure to rein in the Avengers drives a deep wedge between Captain America and Iron Man, causing a catastrophic rift that turns the two friends into bitter enemies. Against a backdrop of divided loyalties, their fellow Avengers must deal with the fallout.

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