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Biography #2 (for Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason)

Recently, Grant was seen in the ensemble film Love Actually, Richard Curtis' directorial debut; he starred in the romantic comedy Two Weeks Notice with Sandra Bullock, and the critically acclaimed About a Boy, for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination.

Grant's other recent film credits include Bridget Jones's Diary, the highest grossing movie in British film history at the time of release, which also starred Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth, and Woody Allen's comedy Small Time Crooks with Tracey Ullman, Jon Lovitz and Allen. In 1999, Grant starred in the box office hit Notting Hill with Julia Roberts, for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination. Later the same year, Grant appeared alongside Jeanne Tripplehorn and James Cann in Mickey Blue Eyes. The romantic comedy was the second feature film from Simian Films, the company he set up with Elizabeth Hurley. Grant also starred in Extreme Measures with Gene Hackman, the first feature film from Simian Films.

In 1994, Grant became an international star when he appeared in Four Weddings and a Funeral, directed by Mike Newell and co-starring Andie MacDowell, for which Grant won both a Golden Globe and a British Academy Award. In the same year he also starred in Roman Polanski's Bitter Moon opposite Kristin Scott Thomas, as well as in Sirens, directed by John Duigan.

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 The Remains of the Day, starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.

In 1995, 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 Julianne Moore and Robin Williams, 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.

Among Grant's other film credits are White Mischief, Bengali Nights and Rowing in the Wind.

Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" (21-Nov-2004)


Biography #3 (for Love Actually)

Hugh Grant's acting credits are diverse and numerous, and include theatre, television and film. In 1994, Grant became an international star for his work in Four Weddings and a Funeral, directed by Mike Newell and co-starring Andie McDowell, for which Grant won both a Golden Globe and a British Academy Award. In the same year, he also starred in Roman Polanski's Bitter Moon, as well as in Sirens, directed by John Duigan.

Grant next appeared with Gene Hackman in the thriller Extreme Measures, directed by Michael Apted. Extreme Measures was the first feature film from Simian Films, the development company Grant and Elizabeth Hurley set up in partnership with Castle Rock Entertainment. Mickey Blue Eyes was the second feature for Simian Films with Castle Rock, which teamed up Grant and James Caan.

Next for Grant was Notting Hill, with Julia Roberts. The original screenplay was written and produced by the Four Weddings and a Funeral team and directed by Roger Michell. The film's opening weekend was the biggest opening for a romantic comedy in history.

In April 2001, Grant appeared opposite Reneé Zellweger and Colin Firth in the screen adaptation of Bridget Jones's Diary. The film was a huge success both in the U.S. and became the highest grossing British film in that country's history.

Grant recently starred in About a Boy, the hit comedy-drama based on the best-selling novel by Nick Hornby and directed by Paul and Chris Weitz. Most recently, he starred opposite Sandra Bullock in the hit comedy Two Weeks Notice.

Hugh 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 that Grant first received international acclaim. For that film, E.M. Forster's turn-of-the-century account of a young man confronting his homosexuality, Grant received a Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival.

This led to a succession of film 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 The Remains of the Day, starring Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson and James Fox. In 1995, Grant appeared in the Oscar-winning adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, then as a nervous father-to-be in Chris Columbus' Nine Months and the critically acclaimed The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, ?directed by Christopher Monger. He was also seen in the British comedy, An Awfully Big Adventure, directed by Mike Newell, and has a cameo role in the 17th Century romp Restoration.

Among Grant's other film credits are White Mischief, Bengali Nights and Rowing in the Wind.

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's 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, all at the Nottingham Playhouse.

Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "Love Actually" (01-Jan-2000)


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