->''"Dick Grant is one of my favorite people to work with. Anyone who can match me stroke for stroke when I go over the top is a man I admire. He's a true scenery chewer's scenery chewer!"''
-->-- '''Creator/AnthonyHopkins'''

Richard E. Grant (born Richard Grant Esterhuysen; 5 May 1957) is a British actor of Afrikaner descent born and raised in the small African country of Swaziland. One of his earliest, and still one of his best-known, roles was as Withnail in ''Film/WithnailAndI''. Other notable roles include the villain in ''Film/HudsonHawk'', the hero in ''Film/{{Warlock}}'', Dr Seward in ''Film/BramStokersDracula'', and the title character in the 1999 TV version of ''Series/TheScarletPimpernel''.

He has played two different and non-canonical versions of [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]], first in the charity spoof ''Recap/DoctorWhoTheCurseOfFatalDeath'', and then in the animated [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse expanded universe]] special ''WebAnimation/ScreamOfTheShalka'' (which was ''this'' close to becoming canon, had the 2005 revival not happened). An incarnation of the Master, appearing in the novel ''The Infinity Doctors'' in the Literature/PastDoctorAdventures range, was also modelled after him. He was eventually cast as the villain in the 2012 Christmas Special, "[[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen The Snowmen]]" -- which means he played an alternate Ninth and an alternate Tenth Doctor, before fighting the Eleventh.

Grant has been an avid diarist since childhood (ever since he [[PrimalScene caught his mother cheating on his father]] [[AutoErotica in the back of a car]]), and has published the diaries he's made during filmmaking in two books, ''With Nails'' and ''The Wah-Wah Diaries''. He's also written a satirical novel on the making of a disaster movie, ''By Design''. He is now [[https://twitter.com/RichardEGrant on Twitter too]].

He also wrote and directed the 2005 film ''Wah-Wah'', inspired by his own childhood experiences.
!!Works featuring Richard E. Grant with their own trope pages include:

* ''Film/WithnailAndI''
* ''Film/{{Warlock}}''
* ''Film/HudsonHawk''
* ''Film/LAStory''
* ''Film/ThePlayer''
* ''Film/BramStokersDracula''
* ''Series/TheScarletPimpernel''
* ''Film/SpiceWorld''
* ''Film/GosfordPark''
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainStar''
* ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride''
* ''Film/{{Penelope}}''
* ''Film/TheIronLady''
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** ''WebAnimation/ScreamOfTheShalka''
** ''Recap/DoctorWhoTheCurseOfFatalDeath''
** "[[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen The Snowmen]]"
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E6TheBellsOfSaintJohn The Bells of Saint John]]"
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor The Name of the Doctor]]"
* ''Film/AlwaysCrashingInTheSameCar''
* ''Film/DomHemingway''
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey''
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''
* ''Film/{{Logan}}''
* ''Film/TheirFinest''
* ''Film/TheNutcrackerAndTheFourRealms''
!!Tropes relating to Richard E. Grant include:

%%Tropes relating to a specific role or work go on that work's page, please.

* LargeHam: Anthony Hopkins acknowledges that Grant is "a scenery chewer's scenery chewer", as can be seen from the top quote.
* StageNames: Created by swapping his middle and last names (he started life as Richard Grant Esterhuysen).
* TheTeetotaler: Does not drink at all, and in fact has a physical intolerance to alcohol. The director of ''Film/WithnailAndI'' made him get blind drunk anyway, just so he'd know how it feels.
* TotallyRadical: He once made a dance version of [[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} "To Be or Not To Be"]].