In Spotlight: Hugh Grant’s best TV shows and movies – from Four Weddings and a Funeral to The Undoing

Hugh Grant is no longer the floppy-haired, bumbling Englishman we know and love from those homegrown hits of the 1990s. Discover his best TV and film roles to date.

By Becky Gamester-Newton Published: 13 November 2020 - 3.18pm
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Hugh Grant is as big a star now as he was when he arrived on the big screen in a string of romantic comedies during the 1990s. In a career that has actually spanned more than 35 years, we look at how he has progressed from typecast romcom heartthrob to a darker, much more sinister leading man.

Four Weddings and a Funeral

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This huge 90s hit really announced Hugh’s arrival on the big screen. His character, Charles, is an introverted bachelor who ends up spending the night with young American Carrie (Andie MacDowell). Throughout the film, we see their relationship develop over the course of the title's five life events.

The movie became the highest-grossing British film in history at the time, and Grant won a Golden Globe and a Bafta for his performance.

Four Weddings And A Funeral is streaming on Amazon Prime Video now.

Notting Hill

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Another collaboration between writer Richard Curtis and hot property Grant which tells the story of how a single Englishman falls in love with a glamorous American. Yes, it sounds awfully similar to Four Weddings but the movie, in which Hugh as Will starred opposite Julia Roberts' Hollywood actress Anna, was another massive box office success – and, like Four Weddings, became the highest-grossing British film of all time. Another classic romcom that will lift your spirits.

Notting Hill is streaming on Netflix now.

Love Actually

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This romantic comedy written by Richard Curtis tells the love story of a single Englishman, played by Hugh Grant, falling in love with… a junior member of his staff. It’s another familiar romcom hit for Hugh, but in Love Actually he moves away from his typecast bumbling introvert to none other than the Prime Minister - who, in one scene, prances around 10 Downing Street to Jump (For My Love) by The Pointer Sisters. Worth a watch for that alone.

Love Actually is streaming on NOW TV now.

A Very English Scandal

Hugh Grant in A Very English Scandal BBC

Hugh’s more recent work has showcased his talent for more complex roles. This dramatisation of the Jeremy Thorpe scandal in the 1970s sees Hugh in the leading role, playing the reckless politician with a darkness we hadn’t seen in his previous work. His co-star Ben Whishaw came away with the awards, but fans were thrilled to see one of Hugh’s more mature roles being almost as well received.

A Very English Scandal is streaming on BBC iPlayer now.

The Undoing

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Watch The Undoing weekly from Monday, October 26 on Sky Atlantic with NOW TV.

Hugh explores his darker side even further with his role in this New York-set thriller. The Undoing sees Nicole Kidman play Grace, a therapist who becomes unnerved by an enigmatic woman named Elena before events take a shocking turn and both Grace and her doctor husband Jonathan (played by Hugh) becoming the centre of attention. A must-watch for fans of psychological thrillers who want to see Grant in a surprising role.

The Undoing is streaming on NOW TV now.

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