Hugh Grant, born on September 9, 1960, is a well-known actor. He was given the name Hugh John Mungo Grant at birth. Over the years, the actor has appeared in a range of films, most notable among which are “The Remains of the Day,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Restoration,” “Notting Hill,” and “Love Actually.” Grant is also a proud recipient of the Golden Globe, B.A.F.T.A. Award, the Volpi Cup, along with an Honorary César Award. As of 2022, his films have grossed a total of $3 billion!
Hugh Grant was born in White City, London, England, to parents Captain James Murray Grant and Fynvola Susan MacLean. He comes from a family of empire-builders, warriors, and aristocracy. In fact, his grandfather was decorated for leadership and bravery during the Second World War. His father also served as an officer in a regiment of the British Army in Germany and Malaya. After finishing his services, he began running a carpet firm. His mother, on the other hand, worked as a teacher of French, Latin, and music. Grant was raised in Chiswick, west London. He also has an older brother named James “Jamie” Grant, who works as an investment banker.
Growing up, he first attended the Hogarth Primary School located in Chiswick. Then, he was enrolled at St. Peter’s Primary School, which was located in Hammersmith. Thereafter, he attended Notting Hill’s Wetherby School and the Latymer Upper School, also in Hammersmith. In 1979, Grant received a scholarship to attend New College, Oxford. At this institution, he pursued English literature and graduated with honors. It was during this period in his life that Grant began viewing acting as a creative outlet, but nothing more. Soon, he became a part of the Oxford University Dramatic Society. His first film appearance was in “Privileged” (1982), which was produced by the university’s film foundation.
After making his debut in 1982, the actor dabbled in a range of jobs like tutoring, writing sketches, and even working as an assistant groundsman. He was then approached by a talent agent, whom he accepted in a bid to save money for further studies. As a result, he started taking acting more seriously and kick-started his career in films with “The Bounty” in 1984.
He receives attention for his exceptional performance in “Maurice.”
He earns acclaim for his performance in “The Remains of the Day.”
Grant becomes a global star with “Four Weddings and a Funeral.”
He joins the casts of “Restoration” and “Sense and Sensibility.”
Why We Love Hugh Grant
He is honest
When asked about the legal issues he faced back in 1995, the actor generally answers with “I don’t have excuses.” Many have applauded him for his refreshing honesty, especially in a culture that has become fed up with celebrities resorting to excuses.
He is courageous
In 2011, Grant pulled off a bold move and exposed phone hacking by “News of the World.” The exposé, orchestrated by Grant, eventually transformed from mere media interest to the basis of widespread public and political outrage.
He is a philanthropist
The actor is a patron of the “DIPEx” charity, Pancreatic Cancer Action, and the Fynvola Foundation. Since his mother’s demise in 2001, he has worked as an ambassador and fundraiser for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
5 Surprising Facts
Some notable ancestors
His ancestors include several key personalities, such as the sister of the former Prime Minister Spencer Perceval, along with Sir Walter Raleigh, James Stewart, Heneage Finch, William Drummond, John Murray, Sir Evan Nepean, and the first Marquess of Atholl, to name a few.
He decided against pursuing a Ph.D.
The University of London extended an offer to pursue Ph.D., which he declined as he could not secure a grant.
He created radio commercials
Before fame, Grant wrote and produced radio commercials for brands like Red Stripe lager and Mighty White bread.
He pretended to be his own agent
In a rather genius move, Grant set up a different email and pretended to be his own agent, which saved him a fortune.
He’s at loggerheads with a few stars
In the past, Grant has had feuds with Robert Downey Jr., Julianne Moore, Julia Roberts, and Drew Barrymore.
Hugh Grant FAQs
Did Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant get on well?
Rumors suggest that there was some off-screen drama between the actors and the two did not click as well while shooting “Notting Hill” as it appeared on the big screen.
Is Hugh Grant married?
Yes, he is married to Anna Elisabet Eberstein (as of 2022).
Does Hugh Grant have kids?
Yes, he has five children.
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