British actor, Paul Bettany first came into the limelight after starring in the English crime drama, Gangster No. 1. Paul subsequently gained more popularity through his role as Geoffrey Chaucer on the 2001 adventure-comedy film, A Knight’s Tale. He, later on, garnered massive fame for featuring in a series of Marvel Cinematic Universe films including Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. Find out more about the talented actor as you read on.
Paul Bettany’s Bio (Age)
Paul Bettany was born on May 27th, 1971 in London, precisely in the Harlesden area of Brent Borough, England, United Kingdom. Bettany was born into a family of entertainment artists. While his mother, Anne (née Kettle) Bettany is a theater tutor, stage manager, and singer, his father, Thane Bettany is a play master, actor, and dancer. His parents raised him in the Catholic faith. He, however, later switched to Atheism.
Paul grew up in London but spent part of his childhood on the campus of the Queenswood School in Hatfield, Hertfordshire while his father worked there a teacher. Bettany did not complete his high school education; he, instead, left both school and his home for the streets and busked for a living. He, later on, worked at an old people’s home after which he enrolled for a three-year course at the London Drama Centre in Chalk Farm in 1990.
While training at the Drama Centre, Paul Bettany had his acting debut. He first appeared in the stage performance of the West End revival version of the 1945 play, An Inspector Calls. He later featured in several other theater productions including Royal Shakespeare Company’s Julius Caesar, Richard III, and Romeo and Juliet. He also appeared in BBC’s Oliver Twist.
Paul Bettany made his screen debut in 1994 appearing in the “The Pea Green Boat” episode of Wycliffe. He later made his first movie appearance in 1997 in the Sean Mathias-directed drama film, Bent. Paul has since appeared in numerous other films and television works.
Among his most prominent roles is voicing J.A.R.V.I.S in Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). He also starred as the Vision in the latter, a role he later reprised on Captain America: Civil War (2016) and on Avengers: Infinity War (2018). Paul Bettany was also once again tapped to reprise his role as the Vision in Marvel Cinematic Universe’s TV series titled WandaVision.
His Family – Wife, And Kids
Paul Bettany has a family of four comprising of himself, his wife and two children. Bettany’s wife, Jennifer Connelly is an American actress. He met Jennifer on the set of the 2001 biographical movie, A Beautiful Mind. Jennifer was Paul’s childhood crush – he had developed a crush on her watching her in the 1986 film, Labyrinth. The duo, however, did not kick off a relationship immediately as they were already seeing other people when they met. They subsequently started dating, and later got married on January 1, 2003, in Scotland.
The couple welcomed their first child, a son named Stellan Bettany on the 5th of August, 2003. Their second child, a daughter named Agnes Lark Bettany later arrived on May 31, 2011. In addition to his biological kids, Paul has a stepson named Kai Dugan; his wife Jennifer had Kai from a previous relationship.
Paul Bettany’s Net Worth
Bettany has an estimated net worth of $20 million. Paul, who has been quite successful in his career, has amassed his enormous wealth mainly from his acting pay packets. He has also appeared in many high grossing screen works, earning himself several honors and recognition. Among other awards and nominations, Paul won the London Film Critics’ Supporting Actor of the Year Circle Award for his role as Geoffrey Chaucer in A Knight’s Tale in 2001. The role became Bettany’s breakthrough as it shot him to mainstream publicity.
His role as Dr. Stephen Maturin in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) also earned him two awards – London Film Critics’ “British Actor of the Year” and Evening Standard British Film’s “Best Actor”. He also won the latter for his lead role in The Heart of Me (2002). All these have significantly increased Bettany’s value and financial worth.
Height: How Tall Is He?
Paul Bettany is an impressively tall man, standing at a towering height of 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 meters). He has a slim body build which further accentuates his tall height. Bettany has light brown hair and blue-colored eyes. He weighs approximately 90 kilograms.