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Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant, one of Britain's best known faces who has been equally entertaining on-screen as well as in real life, and had enough sense of humor to survive a media frenzy, is best known for his roles in Notting Hill (1999), opposite Julia Roberts, and in 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. His ancestry is mainly Scottish and English, with distant Irish, Welsh, and Dutch, roots. 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.


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Born:
Sep 9, 1960 In Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
15
First Appeared:
In the series The Oprah Winfrey Show 1986-01-07
Latest Project:
Series The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014-02-17

Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 wins & 16 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Poster of 30 Rock
Poster of Top Gear
Poster of The Daily Show
Filmography
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2014-02-17
Alan Carr: Chatty Man Unknown 2009-06-14
The Graham Norton Show Unknown 2007-02-22
Bondi Rescue Unknown 2006
30 Rock Unknown 2006-10-11
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Unknown 2002-06-08
Top Gear Unknown 2002-10-20
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-12
The Nanny Unknown 1993-11-03
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Have I Got News for You Unknown 1990-09-28
Till We Meet Again Bruno de Lancel 2 episodes, 1989 1989-11-19
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986-01-07