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"Most actors really love it, that's what they want to do. They burn to do it. And so they'll read a script and think, that's an interesting part. And because they love acting, that blinds them to the fact that the rest of it is pretentious nonsense, which it very often is."

Hugh John Mungo Grant (born 9 September 1960 in London) is an English actor.

He is best known for his long association with writer Richard Curtis in a string of wildly successful British Rom Coms, including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Love Actually. His standard role in these films was as a bumbling but well-meaning quintessentially British Upper-Class Twit, who had to overcome his British Stuffiness and repression to win the heart of a (usually American) female love interest. In the late 1990s, he began taking roles that had him actively Playing Against Type, often as a jaded English cad, such as Daniel Cleaver (an Expy of Pride and Prejudice's George Wickham) in Bridget Jones' Diary, and About a Boy, while occasionally blending the two types together (such as in Music and Lyrics). In another big instance of Playing Against Type, he played (among other characters) a slave-trading reverend, a Jerkass and vindictive husband who sends his brother in a retirement home against his will. He also did Did You Hear About the Morgans?.

He went into semi-retirement for a number of years as he turned his attention to the campaign for tighter restrictions on the British media (including giving evidence for the Leveson Inquiry). This, however, hasn't prevented him from appearing in a few recent films, such as Cloud Atlas, the film remake of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), as well as in the 2014 rom-com The Rewrite.

There's also his turn as the well-meaning St Clair Bayfield in Florence Foster Jenkins (a combo performance with Meryl Streep, which they've clearly mutually enjoyed). It was this experience that got him back into acting full timenote , leading to his memorable performance as Large Ham Phoenix Buchanan in Paddington 2 and portrayal of Jeremy Thorpe in A Very English Scandal.

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