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Hugh Grant

Highest Rated:   98% Sense and Sensibility (1995)
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Birthplace:   London, England
A graduate of Oxford, actor Hugh Grant would seem more a natural product of Cambridge University, breeding ground for such comic talents as Monty Python's Flying Circus. Grant's classic good looks make him a shoo-in for romantic leads, but his comic abilities -- marked by a nervous stutter, desperately fluttering eyelids, and an ability to capture a brand of distinctly English embarrassment -- have also marked him as a gifted comic performer. Born in London on September 9, 1960, Grant made his film debut under the very Oxbridge name of Hughie Grant in the Oxford-financed Privileged (1982). He then worked in repertory before forming his own comedy troupe, the Jockeys of Norfolk. Following some television roles, Grant made his first professional film appearance in 1987 with a blink-and-he's-gone part in White Mischief. The same year he did more substantial work, first as Lord Byron in Rowing With the Wind, and then as a sexually conflicted Edwardian in Ismail Merchant and James Ivory's adaptation of E.M. Forster's Maurice. The role won him a Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival, but despite such acclaim, Grant's next films were largely forgettable affairs. One exception -- albeit a dubious one -- was Ken Russell's The Lair of the White Worm, in which the actor attained some degree of cult status as a lord attempting to foil the murderous charms of a campy, trampy vampire (Amanda Donahoe).Following period work in Impromptu (in which he played a consumptive, bewigged Chopin) and another Merchant-Ivory outing, The Remains of the Day, Grant finally hit it big in 1994 with starring roles in two films, Sirens and Four Weddings and a Funeral. The latter film in particular gave the actor almost overnight transatlantic stardom, landing him on a number of magazine covers and TV talk shows. The following year, Grant gained fame of an entirely different sort when he was arrested for soliciting the services of an L.A. prostitute. The box-office take of his subsequent film, Nine Months, released on the heels of his arrest, was buoyed by his notoriety, as were the ratings of the episode of The Tonight Show which featured Grant's sheepish apology to his then-girlfriend, model/actress Elizabeth Hurley. The actor managed to recoup some of his professional dignity with a restrained performance as Emma Thompson's suitor in the acclaimed Sense and Sensibility, but his next feature, Extreme Measures, a thriller produced by his and Hurley's production company, Simian Films, proved a disappointment. Following this relative failure, Grant receded somewhat from the public consciousness, but reappeared in 1999 with Notting Hill. A commercial as well as relative critical success, the comedy helped to restore some of the actor's luster, further assisted by his roles in the comedies Mickey Blue Eyes (1999) and Woody Allen's Small Time Crooks (2000). After once again charming filmgoers while competing for the affections of Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones's Diary, Grant took on the role of a playful London lothario who forms a bond with one of his conquests' offspring in the romantic comedy About a Boy. Indeed, the romantic comedy seemed to be simply the most natural fit for the actor, and he found more success in new millennium with returns to this genre in Two Weeks Notice, Love Actually, and the sequel to Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.He played a fictionalized version of Simon Cowell in the comedy American Dreamz, and was solid as a washed-up 80's pop star opposite Drew Barrymore in the romantic comedy Music and Lyrics in 2007. His next film, 2009's Did You Hear About the Morgans?, was his last on-screen appearance for nearly three years, when he took on a small role (six small roles, actually) in the Wachowski's Cloud Atlas. In 2015, he had a supporting role in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., but made bigger waves for the role he didn't take: Grant would not appear in the third Bridget Jones films, shocking fans of the series.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Paddington 2
  • Phoenix Buchanan
2018
No Score Yet Red Nose Day Actually
  • Actor
2017
87% Florence Foster Jenkins
  • St Clair Bayfield
$27.4M 2016
No Score Yet A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman
  • Actor
2015
67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
  • Waverly
$38.2M 2015
64% The Rewrite
  • Keith Michaels
$0.4M 2015
No Score Yet One Rogue Reporter
  • Actor
2014
66% Cloud Atlas
  • Hotel Heavy/Lloyd Hooks/Denholme Cavendish/Seer Rhee/Kona Ch
$22.1M 2012
86% The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • The Pirate Captain
$31.1M 2012
No Score Yet The Pirates! An Adventure With Scientists
  • Pirate Captain
2012
12% Did You Hear About the Morgans?
  • Paul Morgan
$29.6M 2009
62% Music and Lyrics
  • Alex Fletcher
$50.5M 2007
41% American Dreamz
  • Martin Tweed
$7.2M 2006
No Score Yet Shakespeare: The Animated Tales
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Housewarming (Travaux)
  • Actor
2005
27% Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
  • Daniel Cleaver
$40.3M 2004
63% Love Actually
  • Prime Minister
$59.4M 2003
42% Two Weeks Notice
  • George Wade
$93.3M 2002
No Score Yet Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire and the Legend of the Lost Tribe
  • Blitzen [US Version]
2002
93% About a Boy
  • Will
$40.6M 2002
81% Bridget Jones's Diary
  • Daniel Cleaver
2001
67% Small Time Crooks
  • David
2000
45% Mickey Blue Eyes
  • Michael Felgate
1999
83% Notting Hill
  • William Thacker
1999
No Score Yet Comic Relief: Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's
  • Actor
1997
55% Extreme Measures
  • Dr. Guy Luthan
1996
69% Restoration
  • Finn
1996
98% Sense and Sensibility
  • Edward Ferrars
1995
33% An Awfully Big Adventure
  • Meredith Potter
1995
27% Nine Months
  • Samuel Faulkner
1995
58% The Englishman Who Went up a Hill But Came Down A Mountain
  • Reginald Anson
1995
73% Sirens
  • Anthony
1994
No Score Yet Night Train to Venice
  • Martin
1994
95% Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • Charles
1994
97% The Remains of the Day
  • Cardinal
1993
63% Bitter Moon
  • Nigel
1992
No Score Yet Jenny's War
  • Peter Baines
1992
76% Impromptu
  • Frederic Chopin
1991
No Score Yet Our Sons (Too Little, Too Late)
  • James
1991
20% Crossing the Line
  • Gordon
1990
No Score Yet Champagne Charlie
  • Charles Heidsieck
1989
No Score Yet The Lady and the Highwayman
  • Lord Lucius Vyne
1989
No Score Yet Judith Krantz's 'Till We Meet Again'
  • Bruno
1989
No Score Yet The Dawning
  • Harry
1988
No Score Yet Bengali Night
  • Allan
1988
80% White Mischief
  • Hugh Dickinson
1988
No Score Yet Rowing with the Wind (Remando al viento)
  • Lord Byron
1988
61% The Lair of the White Worm
  • Lord James
1988
92% Maurice
  • Clive Durham
1987

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet Top Gear
2002
  • Actor
  • Appearing
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2007
  • 2002

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