Hugh Grant’s acting credits are diverse and numerous including theatre, television and film. Previous to playing Will in “About A Boy”, Grant appeared opposite Renee Zellweger in the comedy “Bridget Jones’s Diary”, a massive hit in both the UK – where the film had the most successful opening ever of a British film at the box office – and the US. Prior to this, Grant appeared in Woody Allen’s comedy “Small Time Crooks”, with Allen, Tracey Ullman and Jon Lovitz. He is currently filming a new untitled romantic comedy with Sandra Bullock, written by Marc Lawrence.
In 1999 Grant starred in “Notting Hill” with Julia Roberts, for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination. The original screenplay was written and produced by the “Four Weddings and a Funeral” team and directed by Roger Michell. This was followed by “Mickey Blue Eyes” in which Grant starred with Jeanne Tripplehorn and James Caan. The romantic comedy was the second feature film from Simian Films, the company he and Elizabeth Hurley set up as part of their first look deal with Castle Rock Entertainment. Grant also starred in “Extreme Measures” with Gene Hackman, the first feature film from Simian Films.
Grant first came to notice in 1982 while at Oxford University, when he made the movie “Privileged”. But it was in the 1987 Merchant-Ivory production of “Maurice”, E.M. Forster’s account of a young man at the turn of the century confronting his homosexuality, that Grant first received international acclaim, as well as a best actor award at the Venice Film Festival. This led to a succession of roles including “The Dawning” with Anthony Hopkins, Ken Russell’s “The Lair of the White Worm”, “The Big Man” opposite Joanne Whalley-Kilmer and the role of Chopin in James Lapine’s “Impromptu”. Grant was reunited with director James Ivory in 1993 for his pivotal role as a journalist in “Remains of the Day”, starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.
Grant became an international star in 1994 for his work in “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, directed by Mike Newell and co-starring Andie MacDowell, for which he won both a Golden Globe and a British Academy Award. In the same year Grant also starred in Roman Polanski’s “Bitter Moon” opposite Kristin Scott Thomas, and “Sirens” directed by John Duigan.
The following year Grant appeared as Edward Ferrars in the Oscar-winning adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility”, as a nervous father-to-be in Chris Columbus’ “Nine Months” with Robin Williams and Tom Arnold, and in the critically acclaimed “The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain” written and directed by Christopher Monger. He was also seen in the British comedy “An Awfully Big Adventure” directed by Mike Newell, and had a cameo role in the 17th century romp “Restoration”.
Grant’s television credits include “The Changeling” and “The Trials of Oz”, both for the BBC, ABC’s “Our Sons” with Julie Andrews, and CBS’ “Dangerous Love” and “Till We Meet Again”.
On the stage, he worked with director Richard Wilson in “An Inspector Calls” at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, and with Richard Digby Day in “Lady Windermere’s Fan”, “Hamlet” and “Coriolanus” at the Nottingham Playhouse.
Among Grant’s other film credits are “White Mischief”, “Bengali Nights” and “Rowing in the Wind”.