Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant


9/9/1960, London, England, UK

Birth Name

Hugh John Mungo Grant



Also Known As

Hughie Grant
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Hugh Grant was born in London, England on September 9th 1960 to parents James and Finvola Grant. Hugh has a brother named James. Hugh attended Latmyer Upper School before gaining a scholarship which enabled him to study at New College, Oxford in 1979. Whilst attending New College he…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Hugh did all of his own singing in Music and Lyrics, even though he was initially relunctant to sing.

    • In February 2007, while promoting his movie Music and Lyrics in Amsterdam, an over-zealous fan handcuffed herself to Hugh and needed to be cut loose by fire-fighters. Hugh revealed he wouldn't be filing charges on the woman who is a journalist on Dutch television.

    • Hugh has sponsored a Chimpanzee named Elizabeth as a wedding gift for Liz Hurley.

    • Hugh is set to be an usher at the wedding of ex-girlfriend Liz Hurley and her fiance, Arun Nayar.

    • Hugh Grant split from girlfriend Jemima Khan in February 2007 after approximately 3 years together.

    • Hugh was arrested in Los Angeles in 1995 for soliciting the services of a prostitute. He was fined $1,180 and was placed on 2 years probation.

    • Hugh appeared at number 43 in Empire Magazine's '100 sexiest stars in film history' feature in 1995.

    • Hugh made his first appearance Who's Who in 2003.

    • Various photographs of Hugh and Sandra Bullock were used to create the opening titles of the film Two Weeks Notice. One of the photos shows Hugh with Richard Nixon, and he says that he had to check with the Nixon estate before he was able to allow this photo to be used for the film titles.

    • Hugh supports the British soccer team, Fulham FC.

    • Hugh won an award at 1987's Venice Film Festival for Maurice, a Golden Globe in 1995 for Four Weddings and a Funeral and Empire awards in 2000 for Notting Hill and in 2003 for About a Boy.

    • Hugh has appeared on the cover of various magazines including GQ in October 1998, Esquire in September 1999 and Vanity Fair in April 2003.

    • He is the Godfather of Damian Hurley, son of his ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley.

    • 2005: Hugh Grant was one of the first 100 to be honoured with his name set into the pavement in London's 'Avenue of the Stars' in Convent Garden.

    • As a child, Hugh payed regular visits to the ENT Clinic in London because he used to drink bleach and stuff rolls of apple peel up his nose!

    • Hugh Grant was considered for the role of Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. It is unclear whether Hugh was offered the role and declined, or whether after consideration it was decided that he was not the right actor for the role.

    • Hugh's reported salary for Four Weddings and a Funeral was $100,000. After gaining popularity in this film, his earnings reportedly rose to $7,500,000 for both Notting Hill and Mickey Blue Eyes. By the time he filmed Two Weeks Notice his salary was reportedly a staggering $12,500,000.

    • Hugh Grant founded production company Simian Films with Elizabeth Hurley. The production company released Extreme Measures in 1996 and Mickey Blue Eyes in 1999.

    • Hugh is 5'11 tall. (180 cm)

  • Quotes

    • Hugh Grant: (in February 2007) You'll be glad to know that I'm going back into retirement for another two or three years. There's nothing I particularly want to do and it took me two or three years to summon up the energy to do this one. If something fantastic comes up then great, but I've never been someone who says, 'I'm burning to act, darling, because it's my life'.

    • Hugh Grant: (Discussing his 1995 arrest) I could accept some of the things that people have explained, 'stress,' 'pressure,' 'loneliness' - that that was the reason. But that would be false. In the end you have to come clean and say 'I did something dishonorable, shabby and goatish.

    • Hugh Grant: I get more satisfaction out of comedy stuff. I'm a laugh tart. I make no secret of that fact.

    • Hugh Grant: I was best man to my brother, and I am quite proud of the speech I made; it did turn out to be quite funny. Luckily my brother got a very bad sty in his eye on the day of his wedding and he begged me not to talk about it. So I got up and said, "I'm not going to mention my brother's sty, even though it's the biggest sty I have ever seen in my life or in medical history." And I went on and on, all about his sty, things like, "I hope his wife would keep him in the sty to which he is accustomed to", and "My sty and I"... it seemed to go down well. I actually remember showing that tape of the wedding speech to the producers of "Four Weddings" when I was auditioning for that part. I think it helped.

    • Hugh Grant: (on not getting invited to ex Liz Hurley and Arun Nayer's wedding) It's not surprising. I don't think many people invite their ex when they get married so I'm not at all bitter. There's no bad feeling or weirdness. We're just not invited.

    • Hugh Grant: (on his new movie 'Music and Lyrics') I have many fantasies but the rock star thing hasn't been one of them. It never has been. In many ways I've been shockingly miscast in this film. I've collected records, been to loads of concerts and I did date a musician so I was in that world. But I didn't really draw on my personal life experiences for the part.

    • Hugh Grant: (revealing he enjoys acting in romantic comedies) I quite like playing a playboy or lothario, but that's not the aspect of any of those parts that attracted me particularly. I remember doing Bridget Jones and finding it strange that women are drawn to a character that is that much of a bastard, but women are very inexplicable.

    • Hugh Grant: (revealing he's satisfied with his life and long-term girlfriend, Jemima Khan) It's true that I have taken a long time to settle down. My life is very nice now.

    • Hugh Grant: As much as I adore myself, I'm quite keen to find someone else to care about more.

    • Hugh Grant: (talking about quitting acting) The excitement has gone. My interests have changed. One of the things that used to propel me from role to role was that I always felt I could do better - I wasn't as good as I could be. Then I get to the point where I thought, I'm okay now.

    • Hugh Grant: I've always enjoyed sex scenes, though you're not really supposed to. The classic answer is, 'Oh, it's not sexy at all because there are so many technicians standing around.' But I've always found them extremely arousing.

    • Hugh Grant: Being a well-known person with a bit of money has had an extremely alluring effect on women up to now. It's by no means a curse; it's a blessing.

    • Hugh Grant: (On playing the bad guy in films) Now, I quite like it. For years I sat in these interviews and everyone said, "You're always Mister Nice Guy, why don't you ever play someone nasty?" So in fact it's been a relief to be...for the real me to come out more on camera. I don't have any particular burning desire to go back to being cuddly. Not really.

    • Hugh Grant: I had a huge crush on Olga Korbut, the gymnast. The only other person was Cliff Richard, which is embarrassing - it means that when I was seven I had bad taste and was presumably gay.

    • Hugh Grant: (About Julia Roberts, his co-star in Notting Hill) She has a very big mouth. When I was kissing her, I was aware of a faint echo.

    • Hugh Grant: I just don't believe in love at first sight any more, even though I've based my whole career on the concept. In my experience, power, money and influence always attract the opposite sex. It's something that I've always exploited - with good results.

    • Hugh Grant: I remember the feeling when I was doing those comedy shows in little pubs in London. I remember feeling like a real man at the end of the day. It was our show, we'd written it, we'd performed it, and I felt more alive and more like a man than I have after any days filming on a mega-budget film.

    • Hugh Grant: Being on a film set, it's mind-numbing. It's like torture.

    • Hugh Grant: The reason I turn down 99% of a hundred, I mean a thousand, scripts is because romantic comedies are often very romantic but seldom very funny. The writing isn't up to scratch and the lines aren't funny. My theory is there is great comedy writing in America, but it has migrated over to television in the last ten or 20 years; that's why they've got such successful TV shows.

    • Hugh Grant: I don't really want to play serious roles, I'm not very good at that deep, dark serious stuff, so I don't feel that those roles have been a hindrance. I'm quite happy sticking to the romantic comedies and lighthearted stuff.

    • Hugh Grant: I don't particularly like babies. I don't mind them for about four minutes. That's my max. After that I can't quite see what everyone's fussing about.

    • Hugh: Having the gene that makes you want to be famous is like being born with a deformity.