Hugh Grant Biography - Biography

Hugh Grant Biography

Theater Actor, Television Actor, Actor, Film Actor (1960–)
Hugh Grant is a Golden Globe Award-winning British actor who starred in Four Weddings and a Funeral, the film adaptation of Bridget Jones's Diary, and Florence Foster Jenkins.

Who Is Hugh Grant?

Hugh Grant was born on September 9, 1960 in London, England. The hit 1994 comedy, Four Weddings and a Funeral earned Grant a Golden Globe Award and made him an international heartthrob. In 1995 Grant was arrested with a Hollywood prostitute but his career weathered the scandal, and he starred in subsequent hits, including Bridget Jones's Diary. In 2011 Grant published an article that helped expose the phone-hacking practices by Rupert Murdoch's News of the World newspaper.

Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant

Children

A consummate bachelor, Hugh Grant has been in a few long-term relationships but never married. He dated model Elizabeth Hurley from 1986 to 2000 (the couple founded Simian Films together) and dated socialite heiress Jemima Khan for three years.

However, neither Hurley nor Khan became the mothers to his five children. Grant dated restaurant hostess Tinglan Hong who gave birth to two of his children: daughter Tabitha (b. 2011) and son Felix (b. 2013), while around the same time began seeing Swedish TV producer Anna Eberstein, who is mother to three of his children: son Mungo (b. 2012), a daughter (b. 2015) and another son (b. 2018).

The bit of overlap between Hong and Eberstein's pregnancies has raised eyebrows, but Grant seems quite happy with this new and unexpected chapter in his life.

“What has surprised me most is, I think, how enchanting I am as a father,” he told People during an interview in 2015. “I break my own heart, I’m so nice.”

Movies

'Four Weddings and a Funeral'

Hugh Grant's early films include his 1982 screen debut in Privileged and 1992's Bitter Moon. Much of his early work went unnoticed except for the performance as a sexually conflicted Edwardian in Ismail Merchant and James Ivory's Maurice, which won him a Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival. It wasn't until the release of the hit comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994 that the handsome actor became internationally known. His charming performance as a fool in love earned Hugh Grant a Best Actor Golden Globe.

In 1995, just before the actor's U.S. film debut, Nine Months with Julianne Moore, Hugh Grant was arrested for engaging in a lewd act in a parked car with Hollywood prostitute Divine Brown. The scandal and his mug shot instantly circulated through media outlets. It was followed by a contrite apology on The Tonight Show to then-girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley.

'Sense and Sensibility,' 'Notting Hill'

The public disgrace did little to derail Hugh Grant's career. He appeared in several successful films shortly thereafter, including the Ang Lee-helmed Sense and Sensibility in 1995 and another period piece, Restoration. He was firmly reinstated as one of Hollywood's most charming leading men when he returned to romantic comedy with 1999's Notting Hill opposite Julia Roberts. That same year he also starred in the mafia comedy Mickey Blue Eyes.

'Bridget Jones's Diary,' 'About a Boy,' ' Florence Foster Jenkins'

Subsequent box office hits such as 2001's Bridget Jones's Diary with Renee Zellweger, 2002's About a Boy based on the book by Nick Hornby, and 2003's Love Actually also played to his comedic strengths. His film, 2007's Music and Lyrics with Drew Barrymore, received mixed reviews. Two years later he played opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in the comedy Did You Hear About the Morgans?, which critics panned but became a box office success. While he continued appearing in films in both big and small roles, Grant made a huge impression in 2016 with the lighthearted biopic Florence Foster Jenkins, opposite Meryl Streep. Playing Streep's partner, St. Clair Bayfield, Grant was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor. In 2017 Grant played villain Phoenix Buchanan in the live-action family film Paddington 2, which was an international hit.

TV Roles

Grant's work has been predominantly in film, although he did have some small roles on television throughout the 1980s and 90s. Most recently, he's teamed up with actor Ben Whishaw (who coincidentally is the voice of Paddington Bear in the Paddington film franchise) to star in the BBC's A Very English Scandal, the true story about British Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe who attempted to murder his secret gay lover Norman Scott (played by Whishaw), out of fear of being exposed. The three-part series, which premiered in May 2018, is adapted from John Preston's novel by the same name, with Grant playing the lead role of Thorpe.

Early Life

Actor Hugh John Mungo Grant was born on September 9, 1960 in London, England. Hugh Grant studied English at Oxford, before pursuing a career in theater. He worked in repertory and as an advertising copywriter before forming his own comedy troupe, the Jockeys of Norfolk.

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