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Richard E. Grant

Actor, Director, Writer Date of birth 5th May 1957
Place of birth Mbabane, Swaziland
Year of debut 1987
First feature film Withnail & I

Richard E. Grant was born and raised in Swaziland. His father was the Swazi Minister of Education. His mother was a ballet teacher. He studied drama at the University of Cape Town. At college, he set up the multi-racial Troupe Theatre Company. He acted in the troupe’s plays for two years. He moved to London in 1982 after his father died. His breakthrough role was in cult movie Withnail & I. He has built up a reputation playing eccentric characters in movies such as Jack & Sarah.

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Richard E. Grant's films

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Packshot for the film The Iron Lady
12 Certificate
100 Mins

Meryl Streep plays the first British female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. With Jim Broadbent and Olivia Colman. Some violence & moderate language.

Rent for £2.50
Packshot for the film The Age Of Innocence
U Certificate
133 Mins

Martin Scorsese directs this romantic drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder. Suitable for all.

Rent for £2.99

Did you know?

  • His real name is Richard Grant Esterhuysen. As the name Richard Grant was already Equity registered, his agent christened him Richard E. Grant.
  • At the age of nine, he witnessed his mother's extra-marital affair. He began writing down his thoughts as he couldn't tell anyone about the affair. Since then, he has remained an active diary writer.
  • Although he shot to fame playing an alcoholic in Withnail & I, he is a teetotaller because he is allergic to alcohol.
  • He admitted to only watching himself once on screen in the past twenty years. He stopped watching his performances after he was disappointed by his acting ability in Withnail & I.
  • In 2005 he wrote and directed the semi-autobiographical Wah-Wah. The movie is loosely based on his childhood in Swaziland.