Richard E. GrantRichard E. Grant
Grant as The Voice for"2+2+2" at Heavy Entertainment, London. Born Richard Grant Esterhuysen
May 5, 1957(1957-05-05) (age 51)
Mbabane, SwazilandYears active 1987– present Spouse(s) Joan Washington (1986-)
- 1 Biography
- 2 Filmography
- 3 Bibliography
- 4 Notes
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Grant was born Richard Grant Esterhuysen in Mbabane, Swaziland. He adopted the name Richard E Grant as an adult when he moved to the UK and registered with the British Actors' Equity Association. His father was Henrik Esterhuysen, a head of education for the British government administration in Swaziland. His mother was the local ballet teacher. He attended primary school at St Marks, a local government school in Mbabane that had only recently become racially integrated, and went on to secondary school at Waterford Kamhlaba, just outside Mbabane, where he was a day scholar. At the age of nine, he witnessed an adulterous relationship between his mother and another man that subsequently led to the break-up of his parents' marriage. This event stimulated him to keep a daily diary, which he has continued to do ever since. He wears a watch on each wrist, one given to him by his dying father, permanently set on Swaziland time. He studied English and Drama at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and moved to London in 1982.
His father was an Afrikaner, working in Swaziland; his mother a white South African of German extraction. Richard went to boarding school in South Africa, then university and began his acting career there (before arriving in the UK, with a South African accent), and his family retained their strong South African ties.Q "I rew up in Swaziland when it was mired in a 1960s sensibility. The kind of English spoken where I grew up was a period English sound and when I came to England people said 'how strange'. Charles Sturridge, who directed Brideshead Revisited for TV, said 'you speak English like someone from the 1950s'. (Interview with Valerie Lawson of the Sydney Morning Herald on 04/06/08.)
He is a successful author, with works such as By Design calling on his Hollywood experience. He is most famous for his role as the drunk Withnail in Withnail and I. He has twice portrayed the Doctor from Doctor Who, unofficially on both occasions. In the comedy sketch Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death, he portrayed a version of the Tenth Doctor, referred to as the Quite Handsome Doctor. He also voiced a version of the Ninth Doctor for the BBC original animated webcast Scream of the Shalka.
He wrote and directed the 2005 film, Wah-Wah, loosely based on his own childhood experiences. In 2008, he will star in the movie adaptation of Irvine Welsh's best-selling novel Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance. Grant appeared as "The Voice" in 2+2+2 at American Nights at The King's Head Theatre, from July 3 to July 29, 2007.
On the 22nd November, he gave a keynote speech at North London Collegiate School in North London as part of their Performing Arts Centre Opening Festival. He will also present the 2008 Laurence Olivier Awards.
He married Joan Washington in 1986 and has one daughter with her (Olivia) and a stepson (Tom). Grant is a teetotaler. After casting him as the alcoholic Withnail, director Bruce Robinson made Grant drink a bottle of vodka in one sitting so that he had experience of the sensation.
He appeared on BBC1's show Saturday Kitchen on 14 July 2007, where he confessed to detesting dairy products, while his favourite food is giant prawns on a bed of rice.
Grant is an avid follower of West Ham United, and appeared on Sky Sports' Soccer AM to show his support for the team on the morning of the 2006 FA Cup Final.
- Jackboots on Whitehall (announced for 2008)
- Ecstasy (announced for 2008)
- Filth and Wisdom (2008)
- Always Crashing in the Same Car (2007)
- Penelope (2006)
- Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006) as Preston (voice)
- Wah-Wah (2005) - writer, director
- Colour Me Kubrick (2005) as Jasper
- Corpse Bride (2005) as Lord Barkis Bittern (voice)
- Bustin' Bonaparte (2004) as Bonaparte Blenkins
- Tooth (2004) as Jarvis Jarvis
- Bright Young Things (2003) as Father Rothschild
- Monsieur N. (2003) as Hudson Lowe
- Gosford Park (2001) as George
- The Little Vampire (2000) as Frederick Sackville-Bagg
- The Scarlet Pimpernel(1999) as the Scarlet Pimpernel
- St. Ives (1998) as Major Farquhar Chevening
- Spice World (1997) as Clifford
- Keep the Aspidistra Flying (1997) (a.k.a. A Merry War) as Gordon Comstock
- The Serpent's Kiss (1997) as James Fitzmaurice
- Twelfth Night, or What You Will (1996) as Sir Andrew Aguecheek
- The Portrait of a Lady (1996) as Lord Warburton
- Jack and Sarah (1995) as Jack
- Prêt-à-Porter (1994) as Cort Romney
- Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life (1993) as Franz Kafka
- The Age of Innocence (1993) as Larry Lefferts
- Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) as Dr. Jack Seward
- The Player (1992)
- L.A. Story (1991) as Roland Mackey
- Hudson Hawk (1991) as Darwin Mayflower
- Henry & June (1990) as Hugo Guiler
- Mountains of the Moon (1990) as Larry Oliphant
- How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989) as Denis Dimbleby Bagley
- Warlock (1989) as Giles Redferne
- Withnail and I (1987) as Withnail
- Dalziel and Pascoe (BBC TV series) (2007) as Lee Knight
- Above and Beyond (mini series) (2004)
- Home Farm Twins (2005) Paul Baker
- 90 Days in Hollywood (2004) narrator
- Frasier in episode Goodnight, Seattle (2004) as Stephen Moon
- Posh Nosh (2004) as Simon Marchmont
- The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002) as Jack Stapleton
- A Christmas Carol (1999) as Bob Crachit
- Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death (1999) as The Conceited Doctor
- Let Them Eat Cake in episode The Portrait (1999) as Monsieur Vigée-Lebrun
- The Scarlet Pimpernel (1998) as Sir Percy Blakeney
- A Royal Scandal (1996) as King George IV
- Captain Star (1997) as Captain Jim Star
- Absolutely Fabulous (1995) as Edina's dream Justin
- Codename Kyril (1988) as Sculby
- Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006) as Preston (voice)
- Corpse Bride (2005) as Lord Barkis Bittern (voice) - a Tim Burton stop-motion feature
- The Legends of Treasure Island (1993) as Long John Silver (voice) - an animated TV series
- The Miracle Maker - stop-motion story of Jesus Christ
- Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka (online)
- The Pillars of the Earth - audiobook by Ken Follett, as the narrator
- The Wah-Wah Diaries: The Making of a Film. 2006. ISBN 0-330-44196-5 (hardcover).
- With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E. Grant. ISBN 0-87951-828-6 (hardcover). ISBN 0-87951-935-5 (paperback).
- By Design: A Hollywood Novel. Picador, 1999. ISBN 033036829X (10). ISBN 978-0330368292 (13).
- ^ Richard E. Grant Biography (1957-)
- ^ Richard E. Grant Biography - Yahoo! Movies
- ^ ENOUGH ROPE with Andrew Denton - episode 108: Richard E. Grant (19/06/2006)
- ^ North London Collegiate School - an independent day school for girls from the ages of 4 to 18
- ^ "Playbill News: London Hairspray Breaks Record With 11 Olivier Award Nominations".
- ^ Swazi 'Aids cure' scam uncovered, BBC Newsnight.
- ^ "Richard E Grant investigates the AIDS scam", Newsnight, December 1, 2006.
- "Memories of Mischief". The Guardian, August 6, 2005. (Interview and profile pertaining to the release of his film Wah-Wah.)
- The REG Temple - The official website of Richard E. Grant.
- Richard E. Grant at the Internet Movie Database
- "Performer Profile: Richard E Grant", with sample from audio recording of Richard E Grant reading A Study in Scarlet, by Arthur Conan Doyle.
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Esterhuysen, Richard Grant SHORT DESCRIPTION ActorDATE OF BIRTH
1957-5-5 PLACE OF BIRTH Mbabane, SwazilandDATE
OF DEATH PLACE OF DEATH
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