The Duke. Image shows from L to R: Kempton Bunton (Jim Broadbent), Lilya Frances (Helen Mirren).

The Duke

2020 British comedy film about an art heist. Stars Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Matthew Goode and Fionn Whitehead.

The Duke. Image shows from L to R: Lilya Frances (Helen Mirren), Kempton Bunton (Jim Broadbent).

The Duke

Jim Broadbent stars as a man who steals a painting from the National Gallery. Based on a true story

Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren, Matthew Goode and Fionn Whitehead
Richard Bean and Clive Coleman
Roger Michell
Nicky Bentham

In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60 year-old taxi driver, stole Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the gallery's history.

Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly - he had long campaigned for pensioners to receive free television.

What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge - Kempton had spun a web of lies. The only truth was that he was a good man, determined to change the world and save his marriage - how and why he used the Duke to achieve that is a wonderfully uplifting tale.

Production Details

96 minutes
Release date
Friday 6th November 2020


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