It’s hard for Paul Bettany to play a moron. With his dashing good looks and sophisticated air, the British actor practically exudes intelligence in a way that few major film actors of his generation possess. That patrician vibe was a big plus for the actor in his transition to the movies, but what made him such an in-demand star was his attention to character detail. Scroll through our photos below to see Paul Bettany’s 12 best movies and TV shows ranked from worst to best.
Whether he’s playing a troubled hero or a dastardly villain, Bettany is one of those actors who digs deep into his roles, probing the character of the man he plays to find out what drives him and slowly revealing it to audiences. This skill has led him to shine in a wide variety of films, from standout performances in Oscar-winning films such as “A Beautiful Mind” and “Master and Commander” (both opposite Russell Crowe) to pop- corn of the best kind as a member of the “Star Wars” and Marvel Comic universes.
Unsurprisingly, for her work in film and television, Bettany has seen her share of awards and nominations. For his performance in the ensemble of “A Beautiful Mind”, he was recognized at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and for “Master and Commander”, he was nominated for a BAFTA and a Critics Choice Award, in addition to being named British actor of the year by the London Film Critics Circle. On television, his performance as Vision in Marvel’s Disney+ series “WandaVision” earned Bettany Best Actor nominations for the Emmys, Golden Globes, and Critics Choice Awards.