The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world.


Roger Michell


Richard Curtis
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 11 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Roberts ... Anna Scott
Hugh Grant ... William Thacker
Richard McCabe ... Tony
Rhys Ifans ... Spike
James Dreyfus ... Martin
Dylan Moran ... Rufus the Thief
Roger Frost ... Annoying Customer
Henry Goodman ... Ritz Concierge
Julian Rhind-Tutt ... 'Time Out' Journalist
Lorelei King ... Anna's Publicist
John Shrapnel ... PR Chief
Clarke Peters ... 'Helix' Lead Actor
Arturo Venegas Arturo Venegas ... 'Helix' Foreign Actor
Yolanda Vazquez Yolanda Vazquez ... 'Helix' interview Interpreter
Mischa Barton ... 'Helix' 12-year-old Actress


Every man's dream comes true for William Thacker, an unsuccessful Notting Hill bookstore owner, when Anna Scott, the world's most beautiful woman and best-liked actress, enters his shop. A little later, he still can't believe it himself, William runs into her again - this time spilling orange juice over her. Anna accepts his offer to change in his nearby apartment, and thanks him with a kiss, which seems to surprise her even more than him. Eventually, Anna and William get to know each other better over the months, but being together with the world's most wanted woman is not easy - neither around your closest friends, nor in front of the all-devouring press. Written by Julian Reischl <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Can the most famous film star in the world fall for just an ordinary guy?


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and brief strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


David Threlfall was seen for a part for this project. See more »


At one point in the bookstore, there are three copies of a guide to Germany on the table next to Will. In one shot, there are three spines; in the next, two of the books have been turned around. See more »


William: [about Anna's new film project] Any horses in that one? Or hounds for that matter; our readers are intrigued by both species.
Anna Scott: [seriously] It takes place on a submarine.
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Crazy Credits

The coloured dots and symbols pop up in time with the music (And when the word 'heart' is sung, a litte red heart appears) See more »

Alternate Versions

In the ABC airing, Spike's T-shirt to wear on his date with 'The Great Janine' says 'Let's Have Sex NOW!'. In the theatrical version the T-shirt says 'Fancy a Fuck?'. Also, some partial nudity is digitally covered. See more »


Referenced in Hollywood Game Night: 7 Seconds of Kressley (2020) See more »


When You Say Nothing at All
Written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz
Performed by Ronan Keating
Courtesy of Polydor Ireland Ltd
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User Reviews

Funny and Touching ...
26 October 2006 | by Vic_maxSee all my reviews

This movie is almost entirely character driven and it is great. It's very funny, positive and enjoyable. The story is very simple - classic boy meets girl (or vice-versa) scenario. However, Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts' outstanding performances propel this movie to greatness.

Hugh Grant delivers one of his best 'average, humble' guy performances in this movie. Many of his lines were some of the most witty and clever dialog I've heard in a while. Almost reminds me of how Jimmy Stewart could mumble lines and come off as brilliant.

Julia Roberts was sparkling as a somewhat forward but grounded movie star that one could relate to. It was pleasant to see lots of big smiles from Julia.

The other characters were literally 'characters' - bizarre, off-beat, odd-ball, goofy - but at heart warm and enjoyable to watch.

If you're in the mood for a good laugh and pleasant movie-going experience, this is a great movie to watch.

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Release Date:

28 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Notting Hill See more »


Box Office


$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,811,180, 30 May 1999

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2.39 : 1
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