Essential Film Stars, Hugh Grant

Starring alongside James Wilby, Hugh Grant delivers an outstanding performance as Clive Durham, an upperclass friend of Maurice Hall (Wilby) in the 1987 romance, Maurice.  Clive and Maurice are classmates at Cambridge, when Clive confesses his feelings for Maurice.  Maurice is initially surprised, yet comes ot realize he shares those same feelings.  Sadly for the two, the setting is Edwardian England, and homosexuality is frowned upon.  As a result, Clive insists that the two never act upon their feelings for one another, as this may tarnish their bright futures.

Time passes, and Maurice is left longing.  Eventually he meets Alec, a gamekeeper at Clive’s estate.  Alec and Maurice come to realize they share feelings for one another, yet Maurice is once again restrained by the present society.


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.

Following graduation, Grant worked a few small jobs, often writing for advertisements or assisting in theatre productions.  He engaged in small comedy troupes, until ultimately landing his first leading role as Clive in the film Maurice.  Grant won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival for his performance.  His career continued to flourish, earning him over a dozen awards including BAFTA, Golden Globe, and London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Known for his string work ethic, Grant continues to act at the present, most recently earning awards for his role in 2002’s About a Boy.

Hugh Grant has enjoyed much international success throughout his career.  After starring in 1987’s Maurice, Grant appeared in a number of television series and mini-series before catching another big break in 1994’s hit Four Weddings and a Funeral.  This film was one of the largest grossing British films of all time, and it ushered Grant into the international spotlight.  He followed up the film with a flurry of pictures in 1995, including Nine Months, Sense and Sensibility, and The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain.

The late 1990’s and early 2000’s brought further success with films such as Bridget Jones’ Diary, About A Boy, Mickey Blue Eyes, and another record-breaking box office hit, Notting Hill, co-starring Julia Roberts.

Grant continues to act and currently has two new films in production.

Alexander Ryll
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