Paul Bettany is an English actor. Born in 1971, he had his breakout role as a naked Geoffrey Chaucer in A Knight's Tale, which is probably saying something, and has since starred in a wide variety of movies where he usually steals all the scenes he's in. He's married to actress Jennifer Connelly.
Some of his more notable roles include:
- Geoffrey Chaucer in A Knight's Tale
- Russell Crowes Imaginary Friend in A Beautiful Mind
- Dr. Stephen Maturin, Russell Crowe's not-so-imaginary friend, in Master and Commander
- Silas in The Da Vinci Code
- Dustfinger in Inkheart
- Archangel Michael in Legion
- Charles Darwin in Creation
- Inspector John Acheson in The Tourist
- Priest in Priest
- Blue Eyes: The piercing, stare into you soul kind.
- Dyeing for Your Art: Went to the gym for six months while filming Legion. He hated it.
- Happily Married: With two kids to boot.
- Money, Dear Boy: Averted. He states he does all his action films like Legion and Priest because he enjoys them just as much as the dramatic, artsy films.
- Mr. Fanservice: His directors seem well aware of his appeal.
- Romance on the Set: Met Jennifer Connelly while filming A Beautiful Mind.
- What Could Have Been: Was offered the part of the king in The King's Speech, but didn't take it.