Biographic by Steve McGarry for October 21, 2012
BIOGRAPHIC Written and Illustrated by Steve McGarry Hugh Grant Hugh John Mungo Grant was born in London on September 9, 1960, to a family with extensive roots in the military and the aristocracy. Hugh graduated with honors from Oxford University, having made his screen debut with a starring role in 1982's "Priviledged," a movie produced by the Oxford University Film Foundation. He subsequently tried his hand at a variety of jobs, from groundskeeper for London's Fulham Soccer Club to writing and producing radio commercials. He also began to establish his acting credentials by acting in provincial repertory theater and forming a sketch troupe that toured the London Comedy Circuit. Despite extensive TV and film work, he was unable to make a major breaththrough - until 1994's "Four Weddings and a Funeral" was an international hit. The film grossed more than $244 million and earned Hugh a Golden Globe Award. His career survived the worldwide media glare that greeted an embarrassing 1995 escapade that brought him into contact with Los Angeles law enforcement. His long-term romance ended in 2000 with an amicable parting of the ways. Box-office smashes such as 1999's "Notting Hill," the two "Bridget Jones" movies and 2003's "Love Actually" confirmed Hugh as the king of the "rom-com." But having reportedly turned down the role of Charlie Sheen's replacement on the sitcom "Two and a Half Men, " he has dramatically changed gears, following the animated "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" with "Cloud Atlas," in which he plays a clutch of villains, including at fierce cannibal.