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Overview (4)

Born in Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Birth NameHugh John Mungo Grant
Nickname Hacked Off Hugh
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Hugh Grant, one of Britain's best known faces, has been equally entertaining on-screen as well as in real life, and has had enough sense of humor to survive a media frenzy. He is known for his roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), with Andie MacDowell, Notting Hill (1999), opposite Julia Roberts, and Music and Lyrics (2007), opposite Drew Barrymore, among his other works.

He was born Hugh John Mungo Grant on September 9, 1960, in Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom. His mother, Fyvola Susan (MacLean), was a teacher. His father, James Murray Grant, was an artist and carpet salesman, and his grandfather was in the British Army during WWII. He is of mostly Scottish and English descent, with many recent ancestors who were prominent in the military. Young Grant was fond of literature and acting. He won a scholarship to Oxford, going up to New College in 1979. There he was involved in student drama, and considered a career as an art historian. After Oxford, he turned down a scholarship to do postgraduate studies in Art History at the Courtauld Institute in London, and focused on his acting career. In 1982, while still a student, Grant made his big screen debut in Privileged (1982) by director Michael Hoffman.

Grant's breakthrough came with the leading role as Charles in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), opposite Andie MacDowell, a role which won him a Golden Globe Award, as well as a BAFTA Film Award for Best Actor. During the 1990s Grant established himself as a very original and resourceful actor. He played a string of characters projecting a positive mindset, showing how do you stay optimistic when you are actually worried about a cascade of troubles. Grant had his own experience as a survivor of an unfortunate episode in his private life, which he managed to overcome thanks to having a pretty damn good outlook on life.

His forte is playing characters projecting warmth and sincere happiness, with his hallmark stuttering, albeit some accused him of reprising the same character he has been playing for the past two decades. Grant's ability to show his character development within a limited screen time shines in Love Actually (2003), with his witty portrayal of a Prime Minister whose personal insecurities become intertwined with his country's international affairs, a performance that earned him a nomination for European Audience Award. His screen presence and skillful understatement takes his characters beyond the written script, thanks to his mastery of timing and effortless style.

Outside of his acting profession, Grant has been a good athlete, he played cricket and football in his younger years. He enjoys playing golf, frequently taking part in Pro-Am tournaments. He has been an avid art lover since his younger years, and has been collecting fine art, a passion he inherited from his father.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Shelokhonov

Family (4)

Spouse Anna Eberstein (25 May 2018 - present)  (3 children)
Children Grant, Tabitha
Grant, John Mungo
Hong Grant, Felix Chang
Parents Grant (MacLean), Fyvola Susan
Grant, James Murray
Relatives Grant, James (sibling)

Trade Mark (3)

His upper class English accent
His floppy hair
Frequently plays roles in romantic comedies

Trivia (55)

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#43). [1995]
His production company is called "Simian Films" -- so named by Elizabeth Hurley because she has said that he resembles an ape or a monkey.
He was arrested in Los Angeles, California, for lewd conduct after police checking into a "suspicious parked car" found him with Divine Brown, a prostitute, in the front seat (it was his car). He pleaded no contest and got a $1,180 fine and two years' probation. [1995]
Opted not to do a nude scene in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) when a make up artist asked if he wanted definition painted on his body.
On the set of Mickey Blue Eyes (1999), James Caan gave Hugh the nickname of Whippy, because Caan said he worried about everything like "the little whippet dogs that get nervous and you got to put a sweater on them when they're cold".
Got his start by performing in a British comedy sketch group, The Jockeys of Norfolk.
Featured in the 1996 paperback "Mug Shots" that includes many other celebrities who've been arrested for one reason or another.
Voted fourth in the Orange 2001 Film Survey of Greatest British film actors.
Usually dubbed in French versions by actor Vincent Cassel.
Jay Leno told the London Independent that there are only 18 celebrities worth having on a chat show, one of them being Hugh Grant.
Has long wanted to make a film about his grandfather's real life escape from a prisoner of war camp during WWII.
Long time loyal fan of Fulham Football Club (English Premier League soccer club), based at Craven Cottage, Fulham, London, England. Fellow fans include Elizabeth Hurley, Lily Allen, Pierce Brosnan, Hugh Laurie, Benicio Del Toro, Daniel Radcliffe, Andrew Johnston and the late Michael Jackson.
Model and actress Elizabeth Hurley is a former girlfriend [1987 - 2000].
Graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English (1982)
He is a second cousin, once removed, of Thomas Brodie-Sangster. Hugh's maternal grandmother, Margaret Isabel Randolph, was the sister of one of Thomas's maternal great-grandmothers, Barbara May Randolph.
His favorite artist is Patrick Rondat.
Godfather of Damian Hurley, son of his ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley.
Turned down a place to do post-graduate studies in art history at the Courtauld Institute, in order to concentrate on his acting career.
Used to play in a cricket team called 'Captain Scott'
Had a skating accident when he was a teenager. Part of the bone in his elbow is still detached from the other bones and "swims" freely between the skin and his elbow.
Played Emma Thompson's love interest in Sense and Sensibility (1995) and her brother in Love Actually (2003). He also collaborated with her in the films Impromptu (1991) and The Remains of the Day (1993).
Broke up with Jemima Khan after approximately three years [February 16, 2007].
Was originally cast as Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), but was forced to withdraw at the last moment because of scheduling conflicts.
Speaks French fluently.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's mother was Hugh's piano teacher when he was a child.
In 2001, he purchased an Andy Warhol painting of Elizabeth Taylor for just under $4 million. He later sold it in 2007 for $23.5 million.
In a 2002 Capital FM radio interview, he stated that The Remains of the Day (1993) is the best and Night Train to Venice (1993) is the worst film he had ever made.
His favorite female co-stars are Renée Zellweger and Sandra Bullock.
His favorite films include The Way Ahead (1944), Zulu (1964) and The Party (1968).
Often described as a "golfing addict". He also can play cricket, soccer, tennis and snooker. He has stated that his favorite sport to watch is ladies' tennis.
In 2010, film critic David Thomson wrote in "The New Biographical Dictionary of Film": "With his drooping chin and pouty lips, his quaff of hair and dithery manner, Hugh Grant seems like a refugee from Thirties theatre - or an incipient sneeze looking for a vacant nose".
Appeared on the cover of GQ magazine three times: December '94, October '98 and November '02 (with Denzel Washington and Ralph Lauren).
Became a father for the 1st time at age 51 when his ex-girlfriend Tinglan Hong gave birth to their daughter Tabitha Grant on 26 September 2011.
Became a father for the 3rd time at age 52 when his ex-girlfriend Tinglan Hong gave birth to their son Felix Chang Grant on 16 February 2013. Hong and Grant briefly reunited as a couple in 2012, after their short relationship, which was described by his publicist as a "fleeting affair", in 2011.
His father was of almost entirely Scottish ancestry, and his mother's lineage is also part Scottish. Hugh also has English, along with more distant Irish, Welsh, Cornish, Dutch, and even more remote French and Belgian (Walloon), roots.
Became a father for the 2nd time in September 2012, when his son John Mungo was born. Mother of the child is Swedish television producer Anna Elisabet Eberstein.
Godmother of his daughter Tabitha is ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley.
Became a father for the 4th time on 16th December, 2015. Mother of the child is Anna Eberstein. The couple also has a son John Mungo, born in 2012.
Declined an opportunity to reprise his part of Daniel Cleaver in Bridget Jones's Baby (2016). His character was written out and replaced by a new love interest, Jack Qwant, played by Patrick Dempsey.
He had small supporting roles in two of Trevor Howard's last films, White Mischief (1987) and The Dawning (1988), with the latter released only after Howard had died in 1988. Grant was much criticized for telling an interviewer after Howard's death that the actor had been drunk throughout the filming of both films, and, on the latter, had been so advanced into alcoholism that he had been unable to stand up and even had had to be carried to the set.
Despite his little known film Night Train to Venice being shown at the Cannes Film festival in 1993 it didn't get a release until 1996, and then only in a few countries.
As of 2016, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Remains of the Day (1993), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) and Sense and Sensibility (1995).
He played a version of the Doctor in the Doctor Who (1963) spoof Comic Relief: Doctor Who - The Curse of Fatal Death (1999). He was subsequently strongly tipped to play the role in the revival Doctor Who (2005), but although he was flattered, he apparently felt it wouldn't take off. Christopher Eccleston was cast instead. In a 2007 interview, he said that he deeply regretted declining the role after seeing how successful the show had become.
Still considers former girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley as his close friend and confidante.
Lisa Simpson's groom's first name and likeness in The Simpsons: Lisa's Wedding (1995) were based on him.
Became a father for the fifth time, when mother of two of his children, Anna Eberstein, welcomed their daughter (and third child together) in March 2018.
2018: Has announced plans to marry (for the first time). His intended bride is Anna Eberstein, by whom he already has three children.
Is a descendant of the younger sister of Henry VIII Tudor, King of England, Lord then King of Ireland, Deffender of the Faith, Head of the Church of England, Head of the Church of Wales, Head of the Church of Ireland.
Of Clan Grant.
Nominated for the 2019 Golden Globe Award in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television category for his role as Jeremy Thorpe in A Very English Scandal (2018), but lost to Darren Criss for American Crime Story (2016).
Has five children (three daughters and two sons): two with Tinglan Hong and three with his now wife, Swedish TV producer Anna Eberstein.
He advocated tactical voting at the 2019 general election to keep the Conservative Party out and stop Brexit. According to Piers Morgan, all the Labour and Liberal Democrat candidates Grant supported at the 2019 general election lost their seats.
Cousin of Rick Cosnett.
In an interview, Hugh Grant admitted he was accidentally sent a script for Jerry Maguire. When he called his agent to ask why he had been sent such a good script compared to other movies he had done, his agent admitted it was intended to be sent to Tom Cruise.
The only person to win a golden globe and Bafta not to then receive an Oscar nomination for Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Personal Quotes (36)

I could do with more mobbing, particularly from women. I'd like to be treated like Ricky Martin.
I just don't believe in love at first sight any more, even though I've based my whole career on the concept. In my experience, power, money and influence always attract the opposite sex. It's something that I've always exploited - with good results.
Basically, my life is so boring, it's embarrassing.
[on being called "posh" by the media] I do, kind of, want to ram their microphones down their patronizing throats.
I don't particularly like babies. I don't mind them for about four minutes. That's my max. After that I can't quite see what everyone's fussing about.
I watch an awful lot of women's sport recently. I don't know what that means about me. I watch the women's golf. I watch the women's tennis very much.
I've got four houses in my street. I live in two and the others are empty. I'll buy more as they come up, because I think it would be great to have the entire street.
Women are frightening. If you get to 41 as a man, you're quite battle-scarred.
[his thoughts of actress Julia Roberts] Very big-mouthed! Literally, physically, she has a very big mouth. It is a very big mouth. When I was kissing her I was aware of a faint echo.
[on his screen fight with Colin Firth in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)] It was the same approach as the first one, which was just to make sure that it was as crap as we wanted it to be. The key is to stop the stunt coordinator from coming in to make it look like a film fight. We just wanted it to be two pathetic Englishmen scared of each other, throwing their handbags at each other, basically.
I think film acting's just a miserable experience. It's so long and so boring and so difficult to get right so that what you need above all is incredible willpower and strength of mind.
[on playing "the bad guy" in films] Now, I quite like it. For years I sat in these interviews and everyone said, "You're always Mister Nice Guy, why don't you ever play someone nasty?" So in fact it's been a relief to be . . . for the real me to come out more on camera. I don't have any particular burning desire to go back to being cuddly. Not really.
[on why he is conducting a crusade to regulate standards for the British press] It certainly isn't a craving for attention. I trudge on to 'Newsnight' or 'Question Time', like Saddam to the scaffold. We beg them to use our professors, but they won't.
[on Rupert Murdoch calling him a "scumbag"] Harsh. But I see where he's coming from.
I'm often asked why I keep banging on about the press. Am I a lefty? I'm not. I'm not a righty either. I drift.
[on Elton John's marriage to his husband David Furnish] Groom Groom - Britain races into the future. Congrats Elton and David. Congrats enlightened UK.
[on Doctor Who (2005)] I was offered the role of the Doctor a few years back and was highly flattered. The danger with those things is that it's only when you see it on screen that you think, 'Damn, that was good, why did I say no?' But then, knowing me, I'd probably make a mess of it. I'd prefer to be a baddie. They're always more fun.
[on his character in Paddington 2 (2017)] He's kept all his old costumes, and they sit in a secret room, around him, and he talks to them. This will be me in ten years' time.
I frequently dream of having tea with the Queen.
I find it hard to understand why Scorsese has never called. You know, given the natural menace I bring to the screen.
'The Lair of the White Worm' is quite a strange film. It's difficult to be good when you're saying lines that have been translated from Spanish to English by someone who speaks French.
At home, I hardly ever leave London. I don't like the countryside in England.
Most actors really love it, that's what they want to do. They burn to do it. And so they'll read a script and think, that's an interesting part. And because they love acting, that blinds them to the fact that the rest of it is pretentious nonsense, which it very often is.
I think maybe in a way it gets worse because you come in with a real reputation and they've paid you lots of money and all that.
I dreaded the dance scene in 'Love Actually' more than having my teeth extracted.
I get very annoyed when people think I'm nice or diffident or a polite English gentleman. I'm a nasty piece of work, and people should know that.
It's very true that you can be both selfless and selfish at the same time. What we tend towards, particularly in filmmaking, is this binary sort of, 'This is a good guy, this is a bad guy.' And I quite like the fact that life is a bit more complex than that.
For any new technology there is always controversy and there always some fear associated with it. I think that's just the price of being first sometimes.
Japanese women have always loved my films, even when no one else did. Ever since I made 'Maurice' in the 1980s, I've been getting hundreds of letter from Japanese girls. They definitely have a special place in my heart.
I quite like Pilates now. I have a Pilates girl in every city.
Strangely enough I'm better on a stage. I love that I feel like I blossom in front of a whole bunch of people.
My mother was a teacher.
The reason I turn down 99% of a hundred, I mean a thousand, scripts is because romantic comedies are often very romantic but seldom very funny.
In 'The Sound of Music,' I was a פון Trapp daughter in a white dress with a blue satin sash, and my line was, 'I'm Brigitta. I'm 12, and all I want is a good time.' I got a laugh. And I was so delighted, I laughed, too. Sadly, that's a problem I still have - onstage, I laugh hysterically at how funny I am.
Neither Elizabeth or I are keen to do a real-life couple on the screen. It's not very electric.
But I just know from experience that accent wise, even if you're an accent genius, crossing the Atlantic is the hardest thing in the world either way.

Salary (4)

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) £35,000
Notting Hill (1999) $7,500,000
Mickey Blue Eyes (1999) $7,500,000
Two Weeks Notice (2002) $12,500,000

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