Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant

Hugh John Mungo Grant is an English actor. His awards include a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, Volpi Cup and an Honorary César. As of 2018, his films have grossed a total of nearly US$3 billion worldwide from 29 theatrical releases.He first received attention for his performances in costume dramas including the Merchant-Ivory films Maurice (1987), for which he received the Volpi Cup, and The Remains of the Day (1993) as well as Sense and Sensibility (1995) and Restoration (1995). Grant achieved international success after appearing in Mike Newell's romantic comedy film Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), whereupon he received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and the British Academy Film Award for Best Actor. He then became widely known as a movie star, establishing himself as a charming, vulnerable, witty romantic lead with satirical comic talent. He starred in the romantic comedies Notting Hill (1999), Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), About a Boy (2002), Two Weeks Notice (2002), Love Actually (2003) and Music and Lyrics (2007). Grant began to take against-type parts, starting with multiple roles in The Wachowskis' epic science fiction drama film Cloud Atlas (2012). He received critical acclaim for his portrayals of St. Clair Bayfield in Stephen Frears' Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) alongside Meryl Streep, for which he received a British Academy Film Award and a Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. The next year he starred in the family comedy Paddington 2 (2017) as the antagonist, Phoenix Buchanan, for which he received a British Academy Film Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination. In 2018, he portrayed Jeremy Thorpe in the BBC miniseries A Very English Scandal, earning a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Limited Series nomination. He also starred in the action films The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) and The Gentlemen (2019). Most recently he starred in the HBO thriller miniseries The Undoing (2020) opposite Nicole Kidman for which he received his second Primetime Emmy Award nomination. Grant is known as a meticulous performer who approaches his roles like a character actor, working hard to make his acting appear spontaneous. Hallmarks of his comic skills include a nonchalant touch of sarcasm and characteristic physical mannerisms. He has been outspoken about his antipathy towards the profession of acting, his disdain towards the culture of celebrity and his hostility towards the media. He emerged as a prominent critic of the conduct of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation during the News International phone hacking scandal. In a career spanning more than 35 years, Grant has repeatedly claimed that acting was not his true calling but rather a career that developed by happenstance. However, in 2020, after moving on to more character roles, he has stated that he "enjoys acting now".