Hugh Grant

  • Hugh Grant

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Romantic comedy actor who has starred in two of the highest grossing British films of all time: Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill.

Biography

In 1979 Hugh Grant won the Galsworthy scholarship to New College, Oxford where he starred in his first film, Privileged, produced by the Oxford University Film Foundation, OUFF.

Becomming bored with small acting parts, he created his own comedy revue called The Jockeys of Norfolk.

Starting on a low note, The Jockeys of Norfolk eventually proved a hit at the Edinburgh Festival after their sketch on the Nativity, told as an Ealing comedy, gained them a spot on the BBC2 TV show called Edinburgh Nights. During this time, Grant also appeared in theatre productions of plays such as An Inspector Calls, Lady Windermere’s Fan, and Coriolanus.

Hugh’s first leading film role came in Merchant-Ivory’s Edwardian drama, Maurice (1987), adapted from E. M. Forster’s novel. He and co-star James Wilby shared the Volpi Cup for best actor at the Venice Film Festival.

At 32, Grant claimed to be on the brink of giving up the acting profession but was surprised by the script of Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Released in 1994, Four Weddings and a Funeral became the highest-grossing British film to date with a worldwide box office in excess of $244 million, making Hugh Grant an overnight international star. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards. Among the numerous awards won by its cast and crew, Grant earnt a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor РMotion Picture Musical or Comedy and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

In 1999 he paired with Julia Roberts in Notting Hill, which was brought to theatres by much of the same team that was responsible for Four Weddings and a Funeral. This new Working Title production displaced Four Weddings and a Funeral as the biggest British hit in the history of cinema, with earnings equalling $363 million worldwide. As it became exemplary of modern romantic comedies in mainstream culture, the film was also received well by critics.

Grant’s “immaculate comic performance” (BBC) as the trust-funded womaniser, Will Freeman, in the film adaptation of Nick Hornby’s best-selling novel About a Boy received raves from critics.

Advertising & Endorsements

Early in his career, Hugh was hired by Talkback Productions to write and produce radio commercials for products such as Mighty White bread and Red Stripe lager.

In 2013 he starred in a tongue-in-cheek advertising campaign promoting Guardian and Observer weekend supplements and magazines.

Within the film industry, Hugh Grant is cited as an anti-star who approaches his roles like a character actor, and attempts to make his acting appear spontaneous. Hallmarks of his comic skills include a nonchalant touch of irony/sarcasm and studied physical mannerisms as well as his precisely-timed dialogue delivery and facial expressions.

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