Released in 1987 and directed by James Ivory, Maurice is a highly lauded film that follows the story of a forbidden love during late Victorian-era England, and which explores society’s views of homosexuality at that time. Shot at various locations in and around London, as well as one location in Sicily, the film features actors James Wilby and Hugh Grant.
Born in 1960, Hugh Grant is an award-winning actor hailing from London, UK. Grant grew up in Hammersmith, attending upper school on a scholarship. An accomplished athlete, Grant played rugby, cricket, and football, in addition to achieving high academic honors. In 1979, Grant won a scholarship to Oxford, where he studied English literature and joined the Oxford University Dramatic Society more so as a hobby.
Two years after leaving USC, Ivory met Ismail Merchant, an Indian-born producer and director, in New York in 1959. The two formed a partnership, in work and in love, which lasted until Merchant’s death in 2005. Merchant and Ivory together with writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala formed the production company Merchant Ivory Productions.