Hugh Grant (born 9 September 1960 in London, England) is an English film actor who tends to play the American stereotype of an Englishman. Grant was born to Finvola and James Grant, who has Scottish ancestry. He has one brother, James Grant, who lives in Manhattan, New York City.
After attending Latymer Upper School for boys, Grant studied English at New College, Oxford. He made his film debut in 1982 with Oxford-financed Privileged. Television came later, in 1985. In 1991, he starred in the film Impromptu as FrÃ©dÃ©ric Chopin opposite Julian Sands.
One of his first major film roles was in The Remains of the Day (1993), and he became simultaneously known as the partner of actress Elizabeth Hurley whom he had been dating since 1987 or earlier, but it was Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) which turned him into a major star.
Not long after gaining a starring role in Sense and Sensibility in 1995, Grant was arrested near Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, having been caught recieving oral sex off a prostitute, Divine Brown, in a car. A public apology on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno helped win back public support. Although he was forgiven by Hurley, they broke up some years later.
He was recently involved with British heiress Jemima Khan, former wife of Pakistani political figure and cricket star Imran Khan (as well as being the daughter of Sir Jimmy Goldsmith) before separating.
Grant kept a low profile until 1999, when he starred in Notting Hill opposite Julia Roberts, and followed up with major successes in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), About a Boy (2002) and Two Weeks Notice (2002) opposite Sandra Bullock. He returned to frequent collaborator Richard Curtis for the 2003 romantic comedy, Love Actually, and the sequel to Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason was released in 2004.