Hugh John Mungo Grant, who was born on Sept. 9, 1960, is a British actor and film producer who has worked both in the United States and Britain. Grant has won a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and an Honorary César over the course of his career. His most recent film appearance was in the 2012 dramatic film "Cloud Atlas," in which he had several cameo roles.
Hugh Grant's first leading role came in Merchant-Ivory's 1987 Edwardian drama, "Maurice," which was adapted from a novel by E. M. Forster. In this film, he played a homosexual man named Clive Durham. In 1990, he made a cameo appearance in the drama "The Big Man," which starred Liam Neeson. The film follows the life of a Scottish miner who is unemployed during a union miners' strike. In 1991, Grant played the son of Julie Andrews' character in the film "Our Sons." In 1992, he worked in Roman Polanski's movie "Bitter Moon," portraying a neat and proper British married tourist who finds himself enticed by the sexual hedonism of a French woman and her paraplegic American husband.
At the age of thirty-two, Hugh Grant almost gave up the acting profession, but he unexpectedly received the excellent script of "Four Weddings and a Funeral," which he ended up starring in. Released in 1994, "Four Weddings and a Funeral" became the highest-netting British film to date with a worldwide box-office take in excess of $244 million. This had the side effect of making Grant into an overnight international film sensation. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards and earned Grant a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
In July 1994, Grant signed a two-year production contract with Castle Rock Entertainment and became the founder and director of Simian Films Limited. He appointed his girlfriend, Elizabeth Hurley, as the head of development to look for prospective projects. The company closed its United States office in 2002, and Hugh Grant resigned as the director in December 2005.
Hugh Grant's first studio Hollywood film was the comedy "Nine Months." That same year, he played leading roles as Edward Ferrars in Ang Lee's Academy Award-winning adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel "Sense and Sensibility" and as a cartographer in 1917 Wales in "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill but Came Down a Mountain." He also performed in the Academy Award-winning "Restoration." Grant made his own debut as a movie producer with the 1996 thriller film "Extreme Measures," which unfortunately was a commercial and critical failure.
After a three-year break from filmmaking, he worked with actress Julia Roberts in "Notting Hill," which was developed and filmed by most of the same team that was responsible for "Four Weddings and a Funeral." In 2001, Grant's portrayal of the charming but womanizing book publisher Daniel Cleaver in "Bridget Jones's Diary" was heralded by critics and filmgoers alike. The movie, adapted from Helen Fielding's book of the same name, was a worldwide hit, earning $281 million around the globe.
Later in his career, Hugh Grant played another womanizer, Will Freeman, in the movie adaptation of Nick Hornby's best-selling novel "About a Boy." The film earned Grant his third Golden Globe nomination, and the London Film Critics Circle named Hugh Grant its Best British Actor. "About a Boy" marked a vast change in Grant's boyish look. By this time, he was forty-one years old, had lost weight, and abandoned his trademark floppy hair.
Hugh Grant worked with actress Sandra Bullock in Warner Brothers' film "Two Weeks Notice."
"Two Weeks Notice" was followed by the 2003 comedy "Love Actually," in which Grant played the British Prime Minister. Grant repeated his role as Daniel Cleaver in 2004 for a small part in "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," which, like the first movie, was extremely successful and made more than $262 million commercially.
In 2007, Grant starred opposite Drew Barrymore in a mockery of pop culture and the music industry called "Music and Lyrics." Two years later, Grant starred with Sarah Jessica Parker in the romantic comedy "Did You Hear About the Morgans?"
In 2012, Grant had several roles in the unique film "Cloud Atlas," which explored the idea of connected lives and reincarnated souls. He had several cameo roles throughout the film. At this time, he is currently involved in the preproduction of "Bridget Jones' Baby," once again reprising the role of Daniel Cleaver, and the remake of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E," neither of which has production dates listed as of yet.