Although I owe whatever success I've had to Four Weddings and a Funeral, it did become frustrating after a bit that people made two assumptions: One was that I was that character – when in fact nothing could be further from the truth, as I'm sure Richard would tell you – and the other frustrating thing was that they thought that's all I could do.
I suppose, because those films happened to be successful, no one, perhaps understandably, ... He appointed his then-girlfriend, Elizabeth Hurley, as the head of development to look for prospective projects.
The entertainment media's coverage of his life off the big screen has often overshadowed his work as an actor.
Grant was born at Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith, London, the second son of Fynvola Susan Mac Lean (b. Hounslow, London, July 2001) and Captain James Murray Grant (b. His grandfather, Colonel James Murray Grant, DSO was decorated for bravery and leadership at Saint-Valery-en-Caux during World War II.
Though a hit at the box office, it was almost universally panned by critics.
The Washington Post called it a "grotesquely pandering caper" and singled out Grant's performance, as a child psychiatrist reacting unfavourably to his girlfriend's unexpected pregnancy, for his "insufferable muggings." "I really ruined it. I panicked, it was such a big jump up from what I'd been paid before to what they were offering me.
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, he balanced small roles on television with rare film work, which included a supporting role in The Dawning (1988), opposite Anthony Hopkins and Jean Simmons and a turn as Lord Byron in a Goya Award-winning Spanish production called Remando al viento (1988).
He also portrayed some other real life figures during his early career such as Charles Heidsieck in Champagne Charlie and as Hugh Cholmondeley in BAFTA Award-nominated White Mischief.
Most recently, he received critical acclaim for his turns as Phoenix Buchanan, an antagonist in Paddington 2 Hallmarks of his comic skills include a nonchalant touch of sarcasm and studied physical mannerisms.One of the best known figures in 1990s British popular culture, Grant was then in a high-profile relationship with Elizabeth Hurley, which was the focus of much attention in the British and international media.He later played against type with multiple roles in the epic sci-fi drama film, Cloud Atlas (2012).And then they'd get English actors in, because they thought that was the way to sell it to America." making him an overnight international star.The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, and among numerous awards won by its cast and crew, it earned Grant a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.