British-born Rupert Everett grew up in privileged circumstances, but the wry, sometimes arrogant intellectual was a rebel from the very beginning. At the age of 7, he was placed into the care of Benedictine monks at Ampleforth College where he trained classically on the piano. He was expelled from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London for clashing with his teachers, and instead apprenticed himself at the avant-garde Glasgow Citizen's Theatre in Scotland, performing in such productions as 'Don Juan' and 'Heartbreak House'.
In 1984, Everett successfully filmed a lead role in, Another Country (1984), which he had performed earlier on stage, and shot to international attention, becoming one of England's hottest new star. But, again, the wickedly sharp and suave rebel doused his own fire by clashing with the press and even with his own fans. In 1989, Everett openly declared his own homosexuality -- an announcement that could have mortally wounded his film career. Instead, over time, it seems to have had the opposite effect. His career revitalized as Julia Roberts' gay confidante in My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), and he has continued to impress notably in the classics area with Shakespeare in Love (1998) (as Christopher Marlowe), An Ideal Husband (1999) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999) (as Oberon). Lately he has enhanced both films, with his royal portrayals in To Kill a King (2003) and Stage Beauty (2004), and television, with his effortlessly suave Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (2004) (TV). His predilection for smug and smarmy villains of late, such as the cartoonish Dr. Claw in Inspector Gadget (1999) has extended into voice animation with his "unprincely" Prince Charming character in Shrek 2 (2004).
In making his landmark decision to "come out," Rupert becomes a living testament disproving the theory that a truly talented and successful romantic leading man cannot survive the career-killing stigma of being openly gay.
Frequently appears in films based on plays by Oscar Wilde
He boarded at Farleigh House prep school in Basingstoke from the age of seven before going to Ampleforth College, the prestigious Roman Catholic public school in Yorkshire at thirteen, but dropped out 16.
1999 VH1 Vogue Fashion Award for most fashionable male celebrity.
Was expelled from London's Central School of Speech and Drama for insubordination.
Plays the piano.
Writes for "Vanity Fair".
Former, successful model in Milan.
Speaks English, French & Italian.
Lives in London, New York, Paris & Miami.
Owns a Black Lab, named Moise.
Bought a home in Los Angeles for his dog's sake. His black Lab, Moise, was suffering from painful arthritis, so the actor relocated to the city in order for his beloved pet to heal. Everett even turned down a role on the London stage, because it meant having to have his dog quarantined for six months. [May 1999]
Showed his musical talents on two remakes: singing backup on Madonna's remake of "American Pie" and by dueting with Brit pop star Robbie Williams on a version of the classic "They Can't Take That Away from Me".
He has become an icon in Italy since the late 1980s, mostly because Tiziano Sclavi, the author of the popular comic "Dylan Dog", chose his face for the protagonist. "Dellamorte Dellamore" is based upon a novel by Sclavi as well, so Everett was the natural choice for the Italian audience.
He was awarded the 1981 London Critics' Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Awards) for Most Promising New Actor of 1980 for his performance in the play, "Another Country".
In the Independent on Sunday [UK] 2006 Pink LIst - a list of the most influential gay men and women - Everett came in at #71, down from #50.
He is the favorite actor of actress Amber Benson.
Works out at Crunch Fitness in New York City.
Has an older brother, Simon Anthony Cunningham Everett (b. 1956).
Son of Major Anthony Michael Everett, who worked in business and served in the military, and wife (married 7 May 1955) Sara MacLean (born 19 September 1934), who was Scottish, and descended from the baronets Vyvyan of Trelowarren and the German Schmiedern Barons.
Is a descendant from Charles II Stuart, King of England and Scotland, and through him a distant relative of Rachael Stirling.
In Another Country (1984), Rupert Everett plays "Guy Bennett", a character based on the double agent "Guy Burgess". Everett, however, is related to another of the Cambridge Five, upper-class British diplomats who were Cambridge University men who later secretly spied for the Soviet Union for decades. Everett is the great-nephew of Donald Maclean, who escaped to the Soviet Union in 1951 on his 38th birthday. Maclean was bisexual. (Everett announced in 1989 that he was gay).
Has portrayed Kings, or future Kings, of England on three occasions in film, Charles I in To Kill a King (2003); Charles II in Stage Beauty (2004); and George, Prince of Wales, the Prince Regent (later George IV) in The Madness of King George (1994). Everett is related by blood to all three of the Kings he has portrayed, directly descended from Charles I and Charles II, and indirectly, or more distantly, to George IV.
Why would I wear pink trousers? It's hard enough being gay.
I have nothing to complain about... except maybe people wondering if a queen like me can butch-it-up enough to play a convincing straight man.
I'm a sex machine to both genders. It's all very exhausting. I need a lot of sleep.
I don't understand what he's got against her because this is the second time he's stuck into her a bit. That seems really unfair to me. Listen, any singer who dances all the time, you don't have the breath to sing all the time. Everyone knows that. It's unfair to make it a point. If you do a heavy dance routine, at some point you're going to do a bit of lip-synch. But everybody does that. Madonna sings everything she can sing but, if she goes into a dance routine, she's got to dance; you can't breathe and dance and sing at the same time. She doesn't lip-synch her whole performance. I bet Elton has lip-synched moments of his performance, even though he's at a piano all the time. He's very bossy these days, I think. I mean he's lovely but he's a bit bossy and he does seem a bit cranky.
I think Elton has lost it completely. He loves to tell you how he overcame addictions - drugs, bulimia... He did not overcome addictions. He went from one to another... All these shopping sprees, and not controlling his mouth.
English actors are treated like immigrants - they're a gypsy race. They go where the work is and there's never been much work in England. They're treated very badly.
One of the great things about getting older is that unemployment becomes more and more fun.
One of the first memories in my life is of having four records at home when I was a baby. One was My Fair Lady, the musical version of Pygmalion. But the film, I think, is one of the great overrated films. It's constipated, static. I don't like the designer, Cecil Beaton's costumes. And I don't like Audrey Hepburn. I prefer Julie Andrews, who was in the stage version. I mean, Audrey was a pretty girl, but she was a useless actress, poor thing.
If I had to choose between being successful as a singer and successful as an actor, I know I would choose singing. (Speaking in 1987)
A really funny chat can get me out of it. If I can have a laugh, I'm fine. Maybe I'm just too superficial to be properly depressed.
I've spent years getting it together, half getting it together, nearly getting it together, and it falling apart. I don't think people thought I was a good actor, probably.
People are always saying I'm self-destructive. I don't see what that means. Does it mean you see a situation, and think, 'This is an opportunity for me to really destroy myself?'... I'll always come a cropper at some point. I'm just not in kilter. Maybe the job I'm trying to do is too mainstream for me. Being an actor nowadays is about as bohemian as being a country vicar.
I can't think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads... For me, personally, the last thing I would like in the entire world would be to go through cocktailing my sperm with my boyfriend and finding some grim couple in Ohio who are gluten-free and who you pay $75,000 to have your baby. [But] I'm not having a go at gay couples who do. I think if Elton and David [Elton John, David Furnish] want to have babies, that's wonderful.
[on settling down] Thank God. I always thought I'd be found, aged 70, in a tie-dyed T-shirt haunting a toilet or at some rave in Miami. I didn't see myself ever stopping that kind of lifestyle, because I loved it so much. I can't think of anything worse than going out now..."I had so much sex all the way through my life that by not having it, I now have much more energy for other things. I would really like to do more work - proper work, not just slagging around trying to get jobs in family-viewing fairy tales in Hollywood.
If you're going to one of those endless meetings with ghastly executives in some hideous TV company while hungover from a night on crystal meth, you're probably not going to make the most coherent argument.
|Unconditional Love (2002)||$4,000,000|
(1992) Release of his book, "Hello Darling, Are You Working?".
(2007) Release of his book, "Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins".
(2008) Filming Wild Target with Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt and Rupert Grint.
(2009) Starring as Charles Condomine in Noel Coward's play "Blithe Spirit" on Broadway
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