Hugh Grant (born 09.09.1960) is a British actor and Golden Globe winner, who has worked as a producer on a number of films. He is known for his work on 'Love, Actually', 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' and 'About a Boy'.
Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth, Hugh Grant has a net worth of 80 million USD.
Childhood: Hugh Grant was born Hammersmith, London, to Fynvola Susan MacLean and Captain James Murray Grant. Hugh Grant attended Hogarth Primary School in Chiswick first, but later moved on to St Peter's Primary School in Hammersmith. In 1979, Grant earned a scholarship New College, Oxford, to study English Literature. While he was studying, Grant joined in with the Dramatic Society and began working in some of their productions.
Career: Oxford University financed the production of the film, 'Privileged', which was released in 1982. He was approached by Talkback Productions to write commercials for various products. When Grant began to become dissatisfied with having so many small parts, and went on to form the comedy troupe called The Jockeys of Norfolk. The group gained a good following and went on to become a hit at Edinburgh Festival.
Grant went on to star in 'Maurice' in 1987 - an adaptation of the E.M. Forster novel - which became a massive hit at the Venice film festival, and Grant earning the Volpi Cup. By the early 1990s, Grant was preparing to leave his acting career behind, but chose to read the script for 'Four Weddings and a Funeral'. He received a part in the film, and it went on to be one of Britain's best-selling films of all time. The film was nominated to two Academy Awards, and Grant won a Golden Globe for his work.
In 1995, Grant appeared in the financially successful, yet critically panned 'Nine Months'. Critics favoured Grant, however, in his later performance in 'Sense and Sensibility'. The following year, Grant made his directorial debut with 'Extreme Measures'. The film was not successful. Grant backed away from the film industry for around three years, before returning to work on the film 'Notting Hill' with Julia Roberts. The film went ahead and broke all records set by 'Four Weddings and a Funeral'.
In 2001, Grant appeared in 'Bridget Jones' Diary', which served as another big hit for Grant. The following year he received another Golden Globe nomination for his work on 'About a Boy', before having a starring role in the film 'Love, Actually', which became a huge success. The next year, he appeared in the 'Bridget Jones' sequel, 'The Edge of Reason'. In 2012, Grant starred in both 'The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!', as well as 'Cloud Atlas'.
Personal Life: Hugh Grant met Elizabeth Hurley while working in Spain in 1987, and the couple began dating for around 13 years. In 2004, Grant began dating socialite Jemima Khan until 2007.
Grant was arrested in 1995 in Los Angeles for a situation with a prostitute, leading to two years' probation and a 1,180 USD fine.
Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin are American and Russian government agents respectively - and an unlikely team given America's long history with the European nation. Unfortunately for them, whether they like each other or not, they have no choice but to band together to save the world from a deadly threat. A criminal organisation with global membership have managed to get their hands on an atom bomb with which they could destroy billions of lives, so they have to investigate to ensure it's returned safely to the American government before anyone can get hurt. Along the way though they meet some unlikely suspects, including femme fatale Victoria Vinciguerra, and team up with another feisty agent named Gaby Teller. They are willing to do anything to succeed in their mission. They have the skills to save the world. They are U.N.C.L.E.
Hugh Grant - Hugh Grant and Rebecca Ferguson filming scenes for their new movie 'Florence Foster Jenkins' in Southampton Street at Southampton street London - London, United Kingdom - Friday 22nd May 2015
Throughout the early 1960s, the Cold War was in full swing. Two agents, one from Russia and one from America are at each other's throats throughout the conflict. Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) is a CIA agent, known for his suave and womanising nature. Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) is a KGB known for his brutality and deadly efficiency. When a criminal organisation sprouts from former Nazi soldiers, Russia and America temporarily put aside their differences to find a solution to the problem. Unfortunately, getting the two men (who have made a career out of trying to kill one another) to work together, may not be as easy as it seems.
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Hugh Grant - Shots from the worlds leading organisation for children UNICEF's Halloween Ball which was held at One Mayfair, 13 North Audley Street in London, United Kingdom - Thursday 30th October 2014
Hugh Grant returns to form with the charming, witty, 'The Rewrite'.
It seemed like a reasonable idea to Reteam Hugh Grant and Marc Lawrence, who worked so successfully together on Two Weeks' Notice and Music & Lyrics. Their latest collaboration, The Rewrite, follows similar tropes explored in the Drew Barrymore movie and for the most part, it works really well.
Hugh Grant in 'The Rewrite'
Grant plays screenwriter Keith Michaels, a Golden Globe winner with a hit movie to is name, a beautiful wife and, of course, an inexhaustible supply of charm. However, fast-forward fifteen years and Keith is divorced, broke and hasn't written a hit movie in years. When his agent lands him a job teaching screenwriting in a sleepy town in Binghampton, Keith dedicates more time to writing his new script, before meeting a single mum working two jobs to earn her degree.
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The #WakeUpCall challenge attracts the likes of Hugh Grant, Stephen Fry and Jemima Khan already, and aims to raise funds for Syrian refugees.
Just when you thought it was safe to return to social media following the complete saturation of the Ice Bucket Challenge, a new phenomenon would seem to be set to clog up our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the coming months.
Hugh Grant is one of a handful of celebrities to have already taken part in #wakeupcall
The #wakeupcall challenge, in which those nominated must post a selfie taken just after they’ve woken up, has been undertaken by celebrities such as Stephen Fry, Dan Snow, Derren Brown, Hugh Grant and Tom Hiddleston. Just like the Ice Bucket Challenge, those who do so are able to nominate three other people, so it may only be a matter of time before the craze spreads out of the celebrity world and into civilian territory.
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Keith Michaels once had it all; recognition and money from an award-winning screenplay and an attractive wife to share it with. However, now he's nearing middle-age and he no longer seems to have any of it. Sure, his famed movie is still a hit, but he's struggling to find any more work and now that he's sadly divorced, the only support he has is from his agent. Desperate to make ends meet, the agent offers him last resort; there's a teaching post vacancy at a small town university in Binghamton, available to teachers in screenwriting. With a Golden Globe hit under his belt, he's a sure-fire candidate for the job - but it's the last thing he wants to do. However, he soon finds the silver lining in that a string of attractive young students have applied to enrol on his course and he uses the opportunity to revel amongst young women, while doing as little work as possible. When he meets mature student Holly though, he's inspired to turn his spiralling life back around.
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What would the Harry Potter films have been like if these other actors had nabbed the roles first?
There’s a generation out there who have been practically weened on Harry Potter. The books and the films have become a religion for devout fans of the series, but would it have been the same if different actors had been cast in the leading roles? You may be surprised to hear that before the perfect cast was set in stone, there were some strange alternate actors vying for the parts!
Ian McKellen turned down the role of Dumbledore
Sir. Ian McKellen was once thought in the running to play Hogwarts’ headmaster, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore. He was, in fact, offered the role after original Dumbledore actor, Richard Harris, passed away just after filming the first Harry Potter film. However, Sir. Ian turned down the role, citing the reason that Richard Harris had once publicly declared what a dreadful actor he thought McKellen was! Eventually, Michael Gambon took on the role and the rest is Harry Potter history.
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Colin Firth will play no further part in the Bridget Jones movie adaptations.
Helen Fielding's decision to kill of major character Mark Darcy in the latest instalment of the Bridget Jones series Mad About the Boy was met with disdain and disappointment from fans.
Helen Fielding, The Author of The Bridget Jones Novels
An extended excerpt in the Sunday Times Magazine revealed that Jones was now a windowed mother of two, despite getting engaged to Darcy in the second book, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
[Spoilers] 'Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy' will centre upon a 51 year-old Bridget with a notable absence in her life.
It's the biggest literary news of the past seven days: if you somehow haven't heard who author Helen Fielding has killed off in her Bridget Jones sequel to The Edge of Reason, then look away now. Bridget Jones' Diary, published in 1996 after an anonymous column in The Independent newspaper, catapulted the former journalist to fame and spawned a hugely successful movie franchise starring Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.
Renee Zellweger Has Become Synonymous With Bridget Jones.
After a long break, Fielding announced that she'd begun writing the third instalment in the Bridget Jones series in mid-2012 and now it looks like Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy is finally here. Before the novel has even been published, Bridget Jones fans are going wild upon the news that Fielding had decided to kill off Mark Darcy, Bridget's heartthrob husband played by Colin Firth in the movies, and leave our heroine widowed.
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Is it really 'About Time' for rom-com king Richard Curtis, responsible for 'Notting Hill' and 'Love Actually', to bow out?
Master of the romantic comedy genre, Richard Curtis, who helped bring us some of Britain's best-loved romance films of the last three decades has said that he thinks upcoming film About Time will be his last.
The thrice BAFTA-winning, Oscar-nominated director has tole Empire magazine, as reported by The Independent, that "[About Time] probably will be the last film I will direct." The 56 year-old filmmaker admitted he himself wasn't sure why he wanted to bow out, saying "I don't know. Just a feeling...just a feeling. It feels like a summing-up to me. We'll see how things turn out."
Richard Curtis Thinks About Time Will Be His Swansong.
Mad geniuses Tom Tykwer (Perfume) and the Wachowski siblings (The Matrix) boldly take on David Mitchell's layered epic novel, which connects six generations through the power of storytelling. The film takes so many huge risks that it's breathtaking to watch even when it stumbles. And as each tale is passed on to the next generation, the swirling themes get under the skin.
The six stories are interlinked in a variety of ways, transcending time to find common themes. On a ship in 1849, a seriously ill American lawyer (Sturgess) shows kindness to a stowaway ex-slave (Gyasi). In 1936 Edinburgh, a great composer (Broadbent) hires a musician (Whishaw) to transcribe his work, then tries to steal the young man's magnificent Cloud Atlas symphony. In 1973 San Francisco, a Latina journalist (Berry) gets a tip about dodgy goings on in a local nuclear power plant. In present-day London, a publisher (Broadbent) is trapped in a nursing home by his brother (Grant) and plots a daring escape. In 2144 Neo Soul, an official (D'Arcy) interrogates a replicant (Bae) who started a rebellion alongside a notorious rebel (Sturgess). And in a distant stone-age future, an island goatherd (Hanks) teams up with an off-worlder (Berry) when they're attacked by a warlord (Grant).
While the themes in this film are eerily involving, what makes this film unmissable is the way the entire cast turns up in each of the six story strands, changing age, race and gender along the way. Even so, they're essential variations on each other. Weaving is always a nemesis, whether he's a hitman, a demon or a nasty nurse. Hanks' characters are always strong-willed and often badly misguided. Grant goes against type to play sinister baddies. And D'Arcy is the only actor who plays the same character in two segments, as Whishaw's 1930s young lover and Berry's 1970s elderly informant. Meanwhile, each segment plays with a different genre: seafaring epic, twisted drama, political mystery, action comedy, sci-fi thriller and gritty adventure.
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