37 Facts About Hugh Grant

1. Hugh Grant is patron of the Fynvola Foundation, named after his late mother; the foundation supports the Lady Dane Farmhouse, a home in Faversham for adults with learning disabilities.

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2. In 2011, the BBC apologised after Hugh Grant made an offhand joke about homosexuality and rugby when he was invited into the commentary box during coverage of an England vs Scotland game at Twickenham Stadium.

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3. Hugh Grant continued to play in a Sunday-morning football league in south-west London after college and remains an "impassioned Fulham supporter".

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4. In 2011, Hugh Grant appeared at the Liberal Democrats' conference on the News International phone-hacking scandal, where he briefly met then-party leader Nick Clegg.

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5. In September 2011, Hugh Grant had a daughter, Tabitha, with Tinglan Hong, who was sometimes misreported in the press as a receptionist at a Chinese restaurant in London.

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6. Hugh Grant is godfather to her son Damian, born in 2002.

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7. Hugh Grant began dating Hurley during filming, and their relationship was the subject of much media attention.

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8. Hugh Grant donated the payout to the press campaign group Hacked Off.

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9. Hugh Grant said, "It's been fascinating to have a little excursion into another world.

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10. Hugh Grant became something of a spokesman against Murdoch's News Corporation, culminating in a performance on BBC television's Question Time in July 2011.

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11. Hugh Grant said, in a written statement, that he took the action because: "I was tired of the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday papers publishing almost entirely fictional articles about my private life for their own financial gain.

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12. In 1996, Hugh Grant won substantial damages from News Ltd over what his lawyers called a "highly defamatory" article published in January 1995.

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13. Hugh Grant has proclaimed in interviews that he does not listen to external views on his career: "They've known for years that I have total control.

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14. Hugh Grant dropped his agent in 2006, ending a 10-year relationship with CAA.

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15. Hugh Grant is a self-confessed "committed and passionate" perfectionist on a film set.

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16. Hugh Grant never ventures to play characters who are not British.

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17. The New Yorker stated "Hugh Grant gives a brilliant performance as Thorpe, whose arrogance, charm, and profoundly evasive nature he captures with subtlety.

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18. The New Statesman wrote "Hugh Grant is Thorpe, and everything about his performance is exactly so.

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19. In 2016, Hugh Grant played St Clair Bayfield, partner of the title character, in the film Florence Foster Jenkins, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Meryl Streep.

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20. Hugh Grant reunited with Lawrence again for a dramedy film The Rewrite, starring opposite Marisa Tomei.

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21. Hugh Grant starred as the acerbic host of an American Idol-like reality show where, according to Caryn James of the New York Times, "nothing is real.

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22. Hugh Grant was, according to the Washington Post, fitting as "a cruel, manipulative cad, hiding behind the male god's countenance that he knows all too well".

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23. Roger Ebert thought, "Hugh Grant is wrong for the role [and] strikes one wrong note and then another", whereas Kenneth Turan, writing in the Los Angeles Times, said, "If he'd been on the Titanic, fewer lives would have been lost.

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24. Hugh Grant released his second production output, a fish-out-of-water mob comedy Mickey Blue Eyes, that year.

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25. Hugh Grant made his debut as a film producer with the 1996 thriller Extreme Measures.

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26. Hugh Grant portrayed a bitchy, supercilious director of a repertory company in post-World War II Liverpool.

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27. The company closed its US office in 2002 and Hugh Grant resigned as director in December 2005.

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28. Hugh Grant appointed his then-girlfriend, Elizabeth Hurley, as the head of development to look for prospective projects.

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29. In 1985 and 1986, Hugh Grant had television roles in several historical miniseries.

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30. Hugh Grant was a star even then, without having done anything.

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31. Hugh Grant represented Latymer on the quiz show, Top of the Form, an academic competition between two teams of four secondary school students each.

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32. Hugh Grant started his education at Hogarth Primary School in Chiswick but then moved to St Peter's Primary School in Hammersmith; he was then educated at an independent preparatory school, Wetherby School.

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33. Hugh Grant spent his childhood summers shooting and hunting with his grandfather in Scotland.

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34. Hugh Grant emerged as a prominent critic of the conduct of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation during the News International phone hacking scandal.

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35. Hugh Grant is known for appearing in period pieces such as The Remains of the Day, Sense and Sensibility (1995) and Florence Foster Jenkins (2016).

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36. Hugh Grant has expanded his oeuvre with critically acclaimed turns as a cad in Bridget Jones's Diary, About a Boy (2002), and American Dreamz (2006).

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37. Hugh Grant used this breakthrough role as a frequent cinematic persona during the 1990s, delivering comic performances in films such as Mickey Blue Eyes and Notting Hill.

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