Hugh Grant: Better with age
After finding fame as a bumbling charmer in light comedies and playing a series of cads, Grant has been getting his best reviews of late.
Floppy hair, nervous disposition, a toothy grin, and that English accent. Hugh Grant made a name for himself with the unique alchemy of these attributes, most memorably in films like Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) and Notting Hill (1999).
He later delighted audiences by taking on roles playing the charming rake, such as the dissolute Daniel Cleaver opposite Renee Zellweger in the Bridget Jones movies. He also embodied the entitled, self-centred layabout “hero” perfectly in the film adaptation of Nick Hornby’s About a Boy.
In more recent years, Grant has been stealing scenes and getting some of the best reviews of his career. Even in films with lukewarm response, he and his well-honed comedic touch have been praised as among the best things in those films.
His talents were most recently on show in the family film Paddington 2 in 2017, and in Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen earlier this year. Grant, who turns 60 this year yet still radiates boyish vigour, can next be seen in the taut new miniseries The Undoing.
Hugh’s The Boss
32 – Grant’s age when he first read the script for Four Weddings and a Funeral, just as he contemplated giving up on acting.
1995 – The year he garnered the Golden Globe and BAFTA Best Actor awards for his star-making turn in the film.
6 – The number of characters he played in the 2012 film Cloud Atlas.
>US$3 billion – Global box-office takings of the 30-plus feature films he has starred in.
Out: 11 May, HBO GO
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Noah Jupe
Life appears to be perfect for Grace (Kidman), a successful therapist living in New York City. She has a loving husband (Grant), her son (Jupe) attends a private school, and she is about to publish her first book. Then, her reality starts to unravel. A gruesome murder takes place, investigators start circling around her, and she starts to question the truths in her life.