Richard E. Grant

Richard E. Grant

Highest Rated: 100% An Accidental Studio (2019)

Lowest Rated: 0% How To Stop Being A Loser (2011)

Birthday: May 5, 1957

Birthplace: Mbabane, Swaziland

Tall, gangly, and possessed of a frenetic intensity that lends itself to the highly eccentric and often borderline insane characters he plays, British actor Richard E. Grant is nothing if not one of the more distinctive performers to have gained celluloid immortality. His wild eyes and high-strung demeanor occasionally giving him an uncanny resemblance to a meerkat on speed, Grant has been delighting and shocking observers with both his on- and off-screen persona since his 1987 breakthrough in Withnail & I. Born Richard Grant Esterhuysen on May 5, 1957, in Mbabane, Swaziland, Grant had a somewhat distinctive upbringing, thanks in part to his father's job as the Swazi Minister of Education. His parents' divorce when the actor was 11, for example, was the source of a fair amount of scandal in South Africa. For his part, Grant knew early on that he wanted to be an actor, something that was fueled by an infatuation with Barbra Streisand and a steady diet of movies. He followed the career of Donald Sutherland with particularly rapt attention, as, like Grant, Sutherland was tall, thin, long-faced, and hailed from the middle of nowhere.After studying English and Drama at Cape Town University, where he co-founded the multi-racial, avant garde Troupe Theatre Company, Grant headed for London in 1982. He was greeted by a period of unemployment and frustration that lasted for almost five years. The actor eventually began finding work on the stage, and in 1984 was dubbed by Plays and Players magazine as "most promising newcomer" for his performance in Tramway Road at Hammersmith's Lyric Theatre. Ironically enough, given his years of struggle, it was Grant's portrayal of a bitter, pill-popping, unemployed actor in Bruce Robinson's black comedy Withnail & I that finally put him on the map. The film was a genuine cult classic, and Hollywood soon came sniffing around, if only to cast Grant in the 1988 demons-on-the-loose flop Warlock. The following year, the actor again tapped into his reserves of unpleasantness for Robinson, starring as a toxic advertising executive who develops a talking boil in the satirical How to Get Ahead in Advertising. Grant's hilariously vile characterization was considered by many to be the highlight of the film, and further paved the way for greater industry appreciation.Grant subsequently earned recognition on both sides of the Atlantic, thanks to a number of diverse and often peculiar roles in films of widely varying quality. Particularly memorable during the early to mid-'90s were portrayals Anais Nin's well-intentioned but dull husband in Henry & June (1990), the evil billionaire Darwin Mayflower in the spectacularly disappointing Hudson Hawk (1991), an overly insistent screenwriter in Robert Altman's The Player (1992), high society lounge lizard Larry Lefferts in Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence (1993), and an outrageous fashion designer that Grant described as a "male Vivienne Westwood" in Altman's disastrous Pret-A-Porter (1994).Despite his eccentric persona, Grant has time and again proven himself more than capable of essaying straight man roles, as he demonstrated in such films as Jack and Sarah (1995), in which he played a grieving widower; The Portrait of a Lady (1996), in which he had a small but memorable role as one of Isabel Archer's most ardent suitors; and the made-for-TV The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999), which cast him as its titular hero. He has also continued to shine in films that impress upon his comedic abilities, as evidenced by his role as Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Trevor Nunn's Twelfth Night (1996) and his portrayal of a disgruntled advertising man in A Merry War (1997) (otherwise known as Keep the Aspidistra Flying), a satirical comedy based upon a novel by George Orwell.Enlisted again by Altman, Grant showed up alongside a star-studded ensemble cast in 2001's critically-acclaimed Gosford Park. Supporting roles continued to suit him well as he would later take on parts in Steven Fry's Brig


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard Actor 2021
51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Allegiant Gen. Pryde 2019
100% An Accidental Studio Actor 2019
No Score Yet Nøtteknekkeren og de fire kongerikene Shiver 2018
32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Shiver 2018
98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? Jack Hock Jack 2018
43% The Hitman's Bodyguard Seifert $75.1M 2017
90% Their Finest Roger Swain $3.6M 2017
93% Logan Dr. Rice $226.3M 2017
77% Queen and Country Major Cross 2015
56% Dom Hemingway Dickie $0.4M 2014
44% Khumba Bradley $91K 2013
17% 1st Night Adam 2013
9% Horrid Henry: The Movie Vic Van Wrinkle $2.6M 2013
25% Zambezia Cecil $1.1M 2013
52% The Iron Lady Michael Heseltine $30M 2012
0% How To Stop Being A Loser Actor 2011
No Score Yet Foster (Angel In the House) Mr. Potts 2011
4% Hemingway's Garden of Eden Colonel Boyle $22.6K 2010
0% The Nutcracker in 3D Father $0.3M 2010
44% Jackboots on Whitehall Actor 2010
29% Love Hurts Ben Bingham 2009
25% Filth and Wisdom Prof. Flynn 2008
10% Cuckoo Actor 2008
51% Color Me Kubrick Jasper $37.7K 2007
No Score Yet The Miracle Maker John the Baptist 2007
No Score Yet Above and Beyond Don Bennett 2006
54% Penelope Franklin Wilhern $10.1M 2006
11% Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Preston $28.3M 2006
54% Wah-Wah Screenwriter Director $0.2M 2006
84% Tim Burton's Corpse Bride Barkis Bittern $53.4M 2005
No Score Yet Bustin' Bonaparte Bonaparte Blenkins 2005
71% Monsieur N. Sir Hudson Lowe 2004
65% Bright Young Things Father Rothschild $0.9M 2004
No Score Yet Tooth Jarvis Jarvis 2004
No Score Yet Case of Evil Mycroft Holmes 2002
67% Strictly Sinatra Himself 2002
86% Gosford Park George $41.3M 2001
No Score Yet Hildegarde Wolf 2001
No Score Yet Short - International Release #3 Actor 2001
55% The Little Vampire Frederick $13.5M 2000
No Score Yet The Match George Gus 1999
No Score Yet A Christmas Carol Bob Cratchit 1999
No Score Yet Comic Relief: Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death Actor 1999
No Score Yet Robert Louis Stevenson's St. Ives Major Chevening 1998
83% A Merry War Gordon Comstock 1998
76% Twelfth Night Sir Andrew Aguecheek 1998
35% Spice World Clifford 1998
No Score Yet The Serpent's Kiss James Director 1997
No Score Yet Treasure Island Actor 1997
45% The Portrait of a Lady Lord Warburton 1996
74% Jack & Sarah Jack 1996
No Score Yet Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life Franz Kafka 1995
No Score Yet The Cold Light of Day Viktor Marek 1995
No Score Yet Hard Times James Harthouse 1995
24% Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter) Cort Romney 1994
84% The Age of Innocence Larry Lefferts 1993
No Score Yet Suddenly, Last Summer George Holly 1993
71% Bram Stoker's Dracula Dr. Jack Seward 1992
30% Hudson Hawk Darwin 1991
94% L.A. Story Roland Mackey 1991
53% Warlock Redferne 1991
62% Henry & June Hugo Guiler 1990
No Score Yet Killing Dad Ali Berg 1990
67% Mountains of the Moon Laurence 1990
60% How to Get Ahead in Advertising Denis Dimbleby Bagley 1989
No Score Yet Codename: Kyril Sculby 1989
No Score Yet The Hound of the Baskervilles Jack Stapleton 1988
No Score Yet Hidden City Brewster 1988
94% Withnail and I Withnail 1987
No Score Yet After Pilkington Young James 1987
No Score Yet On The Threshold Of Space Medic 1956
96% Forbidden Planet Silvers 1956


86% Dispatches from Elsewhere
Octavio 2020
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
Guest 2019
94% Hang Ups
Leonard Conrad 2018
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
Guest 2018
89% Game of Thrones
Izembaro 2016
33% Dig
Ian Margrove 2015
86% Downton Abbey
Simon Bricker 2015
89% Girls
Jasper 2014
93% Doctor Who
Dr. Simeon Doctor Simeon 2013
100% Bunheads
No Score Yet The Middle
Pastor Watkins 2012
No Score Yet Miss Marple
No Score Yet Mystery!
Raymond West 2007
93% Frasier
Stephen Moon 2004
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Sir Henry Stapleton 2003
No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
Rev. Holloway 2000
96% Absolutely Fabulous
Dream Justin 1994
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Gordon Kendall 1962
No Score Yet The Crimson Petal and the White
Dr. Curlew


Clifford says: You don't have a life. You have a schedule.

Barkis Bittern says: I was betrothed, once along time ago but tragedy bestowed my love.

Jack says: She doesn't need someone who's impressive, Mum. She needs someone who'll love her.

Anna says: All I'm saying is, if you'd like a couple of days off around the 22nd, it would be good for us.

Jack says: But she's not due until the 25th, Anna.

Anna says: Fine, I'm just saying things will be more manageable around the 22nd.

Jack says: All right. sure. I'll ask Sarah to check her diary and see if she can bring the birth forward.

Jack says: Do you want nipple pads or nipple shield or just the pads?

Amy says: Bastard.

Jack says: Okay, I'll get both. Flesh colored or white? (shrugs)

Jack says: Okay, I'll get both. Flesh colored or white? [shrugs]

Amy says: If your father goes on this way, we're going to end up being a single parent family.

Dennis Bagley says: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOIL!

Barkis Bittern says: *crawls out from underneath table, after all the dead people interrupt the wedding reception* That's it. We're going to take whatever money we can and get out of here.

Barkis Bittern says: [crawls out from underneath table, after all the dead people interrupt the wedding reception] That's it. We're going to take whatever money we can and get out of here.

Victoria Everglot says: Money? What money?

Barkis Bittern says: Your dowry. It's my right!

Victoria Everglot says: My parents don't have any money. It's my marriage to you that will save them from the poorhouse.

Barkis Bittern says: The....the poorhouse?! *grabs and shakes Victoria* You're lying. It isn't true. Tell me that you're lying!!

Barkis Bittern says: The....the poorhouse?! [grabs and shakes Victoria] You're lying. It isn't true. Tell me that you're lying!!

Victoria Everglot says: Did things not go according to your plan, Lord Barkis? *squirms out of Barkis's arms* Well, perhaps in dissapointment we are perfectly matched!

Victoria Everglot says: Did things not go according to your plan, Lord Barkis? [squirms out of Barkis's arms] Well, perhaps in dissapointment we are perfectly matched!

Withnail says: I feel like a pig shat in my head.

Withnail says: I have of late, but wherefore I know not, lost all my mirth. And indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory. This most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appeareth nothing to me but a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculties! How like an angel in apprehension. How like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me, no, nor women neither. Nor women neither.

Barkis Bittern says: But first! A toast, to Emily. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride! Tell me my dear, can a heart still break once it's stopped beating?

Withnail says: We've gone on holiday by mistake.