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Also Known As: Hughie Grant, Hugh John Mungo Grant Died:
Born: September 9, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, producer, advertising copywriter

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Though he made his name playing the easygoing and somewhat befuddled Brit in several winning romantic comedies, actor Hugh Grant was a meticulous and often exacting performer, wary of celebrity while making sure to exercise full control over the roles he chose. After breaking through with the Merchant-Ivory adaptation of "The Remains of the Day" (1993), Grant became a star with his turn as a charming, but stammering Brit unlucky in love in "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994). But he became a household name not for any role he played, but because of one particularly embarrassing moment with a Hollywood prostitute that eradicated his somewhat wholesome image. A quickly forgiving public helped keep Grant in the spotlight, however, thanks to his performances in "Nine Months" (1995), "Sense and Sensibility" (1995) and "Notting Hill" (1999). While his high-profile and long-term relationship with actress and model Elizabeth Hurley may have ended in disappointment in 2000, Grant's career hit new highs with "Bridget Jones's Diary" (2001) and "About a Boy" (2002) - the latter of which being widely regarded as the best performance of his career. Though he seemingly went on autopilot for the sequel "Bridget...

Though he made his name playing the easygoing and somewhat befuddled Brit in several winning romantic comedies, actor Hugh Grant was a meticulous and often exacting performer, wary of celebrity while making sure to exercise full control over the roles he chose. After breaking through with the Merchant-Ivory adaptation of "The Remains of the Day" (1993), Grant became a star with his turn as a charming, but stammering Brit unlucky in love in "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994). But he became a household name not for any role he played, but because of one particularly embarrassing moment with a Hollywood prostitute that eradicated his somewhat wholesome image. A quickly forgiving public helped keep Grant in the spotlight, however, thanks to his performances in "Nine Months" (1995), "Sense and Sensibility" (1995) and "Notting Hill" (1999). While his high-profile and long-term relationship with actress and model Elizabeth Hurley may have ended in disappointment in 2000, Grant's career hit new highs with "Bridget Jones's Diary" (2001) and "About a Boy" (2002) - the latter of which being widely regarded as the best performance of his career. Though he seemingly went on autopilot for the sequel "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" (2004) and the whimsical "Music and Lyrics" (2007), Grant managed to cement himself as the go-to leading man for interesting and amusing romantic comedies.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Two Weeks Notice (2015) George Wade
3.
 Cloud Atlas (2012)
5.
 Music and Lyrics (2007)
6.
 American Dreamz (2006)
7.
 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) Daniel Cleaver
8.
 Love Actually (2003) The Prime Minister
9.
 About a Boy (2002) Will
10.
 Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) Daniel Cleaver
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Joined the Oxford University Dramatic Society and starred in a successful touring production of "Twelfth Night"
1982:
Made feature acting debut in in the Oxford-financed "Privileged" (credited as Hughie Grant)
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Acted with the repertory theatre Nottingham Playhouse
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Formed theatrical revue group, The Jockeys of Norfolk, with friends Chris Lang and Andy Taylor
1985:
Made U.S. TV acting debut in the syndicated miniseries "Jenny's War"
1987:
First leading role, as the aristocrat who engages in a homosexual affair while at university in Merchant-Ivory's "Maurice"
1988:
Featured in "The Dawning", starring Anthony Hopkins
1988:
Portrayed Lord Byron in "Rowing With the Wind" opposite one-time girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley
1991:
Starred as Frederic Chopin opposite Judy Davis' George Sand in "Impromptu"
1992:
Played half of a straitlaced British couple who meet up with a seductive French woman and her embittered, paraplegic American husband in Roman Polanski's "Bitter Moon"
1993:
Featured in Merchant-Ivory's "The Remains of the Day," with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson
1994:
Starred as a repressed clergyman in 1920s Australia in "Sirens"
1994:
Had first major hit with "Four Weddings and Funeral"; played the bumbling Englishman who falls for an American woman
1995:
Cast as a surveyor visiting a Welsh village in "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill but Came Down a Mountain"
1995:
Starred in first Hollywood film, Chris Columbus's "Nine Months"
1995:
Starred as the arrogant and foppish artistic director of a Liverpool repertory company in Mike Newell's "An Awfully Big Adventure"
1995:
Formed Simian Films with Elizabeth Hurley
1995:
Landed supporting role in Ang Lee's adaptation of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility"
1996:
Played a doctor in the midst of an ethical struggle with Gene Hackman in "Extreme Measures"; produced under the Simian Films banner
1999:
Starred opposite Julia Roberts in the hit romantic comedy "Notting Hill"
1999:
Played an art dealer who learns his girlfriend's father is a gangster in the romantic comedy "Mickey Blue Eyes"
2000:
Cast in supporting role in Woody Allen's "Small Time Crooks"
2001:
Offered change of pace turn as the title character's smarmy boss Daniel Cleaver in "Bridget Jones's Diary"
2002:
Starred in the film adaptation of Nick Hornby's best-selling novel "About a Boy"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor
2002:
Co-starred opposite Sandra Bullock in romantic comedy "Two Weeks Notice"
2003:
Cast as the Prime Minister in Richard Curtis' ensemble romantic comedy "Love Actually"
2004:
Reprised role as Daniel Cleaver in "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason"
2006:
Portrayed a Simon Cowell-like host of a vocal talent show in Paul Weitz' "American Dreamz"
2007:
Played a washed-up 80's pop singer in "Music & Lyrics," directed by Marc Lawrence
2009:
Re-teamed with director Lawrence in the comedy "Did You Hear About the Morgans?"
2012:
Played multiple roles in "Cloud Atlas," based on David Mitchell's 2004 novel; film co-directed by Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer
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Education

University of Oxford: Oxford , England -
Latymer Upper School: - 1969 - 1978

Notes

"I'm going to efface my self-effacing quality, I've decided. It's not a good idea in Hollywood. Too often I've said, 'Oh no, no, please it's a terrible film , I'm awful in it,' and people have taken me at my word, which is not what they're supposed to do. They're supposed to shout me down and say 'On the contrary, it's excellent and you're wonderful!'" --Grant to the Los Angeles Times, March 6, 1994.

"This is my dream of a nice marriage: to be in a big schloss, with enough space so that you and your wife can avoid each other, with a lot of servants to bring the children down, in sailor suits, preferably in step, at 6 o'clock in the evening, have a quick look at them and then send them off to bed again." --Hugh Grant, somewhat tongue-in-cheek to Los Angeles Times, March 6, 1994.

"Am I tired of playing repression? Personally, I enjoy it. A lot of American actors are always saying, Emote! Emote! But people don't emote in real life. They behave, and they're very complex." --Hugh Grant to Entertainment Weekly, March 26, 1994.

"I know Americans think small-budget English films are fascinating, but I'm always yawning my head off. I've always had a soft spot for big-budget American movies." --Grant quoted in Entertainment Weekly, July 21, 1995.

"This extraordinary Hugh Grant creation comes into existence and becomes more and more bizarrely different to me. It's this bungling, floppy-haired, upper-class twit--and I really don't think that bears a resemblance to me, especially not with my new hair grease. In the end all you can do is have a laugh." --Grant quoted in Time, May 31, 1999.

"... if someone came up to me today and said 'I'm sorry Hugh, a law has just been passed, you can't act anymore,' I'd be cracking open the champagne. The older I get, the more traumatic I find it and the more I find myself enjoying the other half of it. I quite like writing, whether for scripts or even bits of prose and stuff, and I've quite enjoyed producing. Just anything not to have to go into makeup and then stand in front of a camera. I find that's wearing a bit thin--mainly the trauma. Particularly doing comedy, that terrible worry: Was that funny, or was that embarrassing?" --Grant quoted in Us, July 1999.

"I've never wanted power in a relationship. Like most men, I like to be completely walked over, really"---Grant to Cojo on Entertainment Tonight, November 2003.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Elizabeth Hurley. Actor, producer, model. Born on June 10, 1965; together from 1986; formed Simian Films together; mutually agreed to separate in April 2000; announced "temporary" separation in May 2000.
companion:
Caroline Stanburg. Born c. 1976.
companion:
Jemima Khan. Daughter of the late French-British billionaire entrepreneur Sir James Goldsmith.

Family close complete family listing

father:
James Grant. Carpet salesman; artist.
mother:
Fynvola Grant. Teacher. Died in July 2001.
brother:
James Grant. Banker. Older.

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