Paul Bettany is an English-American actor best known for his voice role as Jarvis in the three parts series Iron Man and The Avengers. He is also a movie director and producer and was behind screen of the movie, Shelter, which was released in 2014 with his wife, Jennifer Connelly in the lead role.

As of 2020 Paul Bettany’s net worth is estimated around $25-30 million. The handsome actor who thinks himself ridiculously tall is considered the most versatile British actor in Hollywood. Let’s take a peek at his background, private life, and career below

Early Life And Background

Paul Bettany was born on 27 May 1971 in London, United Kingdom. He is from a background with history in arts and theatrical performances. His mother, Anne was a theatre teacher, singer, and stage manager and his father, Thane was a drama teacher, dancer, and actor. Thane was Godfather to the Countess of Wessex, Sophie, who is married to Prince Edward, the Queen’s youngest child.

Although Bettany is now an atheist, he was raised as a Christian. He has an older sister named Sarah who lives in England with her daughter. When Bettany was 16 years old, his younger brother, Matthew died from a fall at the age of 8.

Bettany dropped out of school, left home, and started performing on the streets of London by playing a guitar for two years. His parents meanwhile divorced. Before the young actor started a three-year course at Drama School, London, he worked for a year at an elderly home. He had dyslexia then which caused him difficulties with reading and learning.

Paul Bettany Early Career Debuts

Paul Bettany made a stage debut as an actor at the Aldwych Theatre playing in “An Inspector Call”. This was followed by “Romeo and Juliet”, “Richard III”, and “Caesar” for which he was nominated for Charleson Award. Bettany appeared in “Oliver Twist” series also which was a BBC production.

Paul Bettany made his film debut alongside Ian McKellen, Jude Law and Clive Owen in the Holocaust drama Bent in which he played a very minor role. He had his first leading role in Gangster No.1. The movie earned him two nominations – one for Best actor from the British Independent Film Awards, and the other for the British Newcomer of the Year from London Film Critics’ Circle.

Bettany in a Knight's Tale
Bettany in a Knight’s Tale

Bettany’s breakthrough in Hollywood was in A Knight’s Tale in 2001. The director of the movie, Brian Helgeland, was determined Bettany should play in his movie. He even wrote the Chaucer part specially for him; and this was a decision he never regretted as the role earned Bettany his first Hollywood award as the Best British Supporting Actor from London Film Critics Circle. Thanks to Helgeland who recognized his talent, Bettany was a cast member of A Beautiful Mind – a movie on which set he met his wife.

Other Movie Highlights

In 2003 Paul Bettany featured in Master and Commander: The far side of the world with Russel Crowe. For this role, he earned a BAFTA nomination and won several other awards as the Best actor. In 2004, few of his works were release which included Dogville, The Reckoning, as well as Wimbledon, a romantic comedy in which he played with Kirsten Dust.

Paul Bettany and 13 other actors were invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture of Arts and Sciences in 2004. Bettany played Opus Dei Monk alongside Tom Hanks and Ian McKellen in the movie, The Da Vinci Code. The movie is an adaptation of the novel by the same title, and was released in 2005.

Two years afterwards, he appeared in There for me, a movie written by his friends, Doraly Rosen and Dan Fredenburgh in London. In 2009 Paul Bettany once again filmed a movie with his wife, Jennifer Connely. The movie is titled Creation, and is a biographical drama about Chrales Darwin’s relationship with his wife.

Paul Bettany filmed the movie Tourist with Angelina Jolly and Johnny Depp in 2010. He played alongside Johnny Depp also in Transendence in 2014 and Mortdecai in 2015.

Paul Bettany in A Beautiful Mind
Paul Bettany in A Beautiful Mind

Paul Bettany in Iron man as voice of Jarvis and Vision

Bettany met Jon Favreau who would later cast him for Jarvis in the sci-fi movie Iron Man. Bettany would play the voice of Jarvis also in the two sequels of the movie – Iron Man 2 and 3 in 2010 and 2013 respectively.

In 2015, he was a cast for Vision in the superhero movie Avangers: Age of Ultron and he portrayed it again in the movies Captain America: Civil War and Avangers: Infinity War.

Most Recent And Upcoming Works

Paul Bettany played the main cast with Ted Kaczynski in the TV Series Manhunt: Unabomber which premiered on Discovery channel in 2017. In 2018 he was expected to play Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in The Crown series, but he couldn’t sign the contract because of his schedule.

Bettany recently featured in WandaVision which is expected to premiere at the end of this year. The project is a TV web miniseries of six episodes where Bettany reprises his role of Vision.

His latest work was in the comedy drama movie Uncle Frank which was written and directed by Alan Ball and was premiered earlier this year at Sundance film festival. It has been announced that Paul Bettany will play Alexander Nix in an upcoming movie. Alexander Nix is a fictional former CEO of Cambridge Analytica, a company involved in a scandal and many political events around the world.

Personal Life

Paul Bettany met his wife, the American actress, Jennifer Connelly, while filming A Beautiful Mind in 2001. The couple never dated; Bettany had a crush and proposed very soon after revealing his feelings to her. They married in a private ceremony in Scotland in 2003. The same year, they became parents to their son, Stellan – named after Bettany’s friend, the Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard who was his co-star in several movies.

The couple welcomed their daughter, Agnes Lark, in 2011. Bettany is a step father to Connelly’s first child, a son she had with the photographer David Dugan in 1997. The family lived in Tribeca before moving to Brooklyn Heights.

Before Connelly came his way, Bettany dated the English actress, Emily Mortimer. He met Emily while working together on the television production Coming home and Killer Net in 1998.

Playing guitar is Paul Bettany’s hobby, and he is very proud that his step-son joined the band. He was a smoker, but took the bold decision to quit smoking the moment he saw his 2 year old son imitating him with a pen. Bettany liked reading bedtime stories to his children when they were little as an important part of parenting.

Paul Bettany with wife, Jennifer Connelly
Paul Bettany with wife, Jennifer Connelly

Is Jennifer Connelly Still Married To Paul Bettany?

Jennifer Connelly is still married to Paul Bettany. Jennifer started her career as a child model. She left studies to pursue her acting career. Connelly is known to prepare in details for every role she gets; it’s not surprising then that she is one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood. She won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2002 for the movie A Beautiful Mind amongst many others.

Connelly has played in many movies alongside David Bowie, Antonio Banderas, Jared Leto, Russell Crowe, Kate Winslet, Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Aniston, and a host of others. She also starred in the first ever movie directed by husband, Bettany in 2014 called Shelter.

Jennifer Connelly has been listed as the most beautiful woman in the world by Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, and Esquire. She has also recorded many advertisements as the face of Revlon Cosmetics and Balenciaga Fashion, etc

Her lastest work is Top Gun: Maverick, a movie which is expected to premiere at the end of this year. She also has a lead role in the Netflix series Snowpiercer which premiered last month.

Paul Bettany Height

Actor Paul Bettany is 6 feet and 4 inches tall and weighs 90kg. He has blond hair and blue eyes

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