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SpouseJoan Washington
FactHad a piano suite composed for him by Canadian artist Emm Gryner.

Richard E. Grant was born on May 5, 1957, in Swaziland. His parents were British expatriates. His father worked for the British government, and his mother was a homemaker. He has two sisters. He was educated at a boarding school in England.

He then studied English and drama at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He began his acting career in theater productions in Cape Town. He later moved to London to pursue a career in film and television. He has appeared in numerous films and television shows. He is best known for his roles in the films Withnail & I (1987), How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989), The Player (1992), and Gosford Park (2001).

He has also appeared in the television series Downton Abbey (2010-2015) and Game of Thrones (2016). He has been nominated for two Academy Awards and has won a Golden Globe Award. His net worth is estimated to be $5 million.

General Info

Full NameRichard E. Grant
Height1.88 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Voice Actor, Film director, Diarist
EducationUniversity of Cape Town


SpouseJoan Washington
ChildrenOlivia Grant
ParentsLeonne Esterhuysen, Henrik Esterhuysen
SiblingsStuart Esterhuysen


AwardsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble, Satellite Award for Best Ensemble – Motion Picture
NominationsBritish Independent Film Award Douglas Hickox Award (Directorial Debut)
MoviesLogan, Withnail and I, Dom Hemingway, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Corpse Bride, The Little Vampire, Jackie, Penelope, The Iron Lady, Hudson Hawk, Gosford Park, Jack and Sarah, Horrid Henry: The Movie, Henry & June, Warlock, How to Get Ahead in Advertising, Khumba, Spice World, Doctor Who: The Curse of Fa...
TV ShowsPosh Nosh, Codename: Kyril, Scream of the Shalka, Captain Star, The Crimson Petal and the White, The Legends of Treasure Island, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Playhouse Presents, Dig, Home Farm Twins, Lizzie's Pictures, Karaoke, 90 Days in Hollywood

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1[on his last day's work, in November of 1990, on "Hudson Hawk" (1991)]: To top this day of release, upon landing at Heathrow, the euphoric headlines smashed out across every London paper declare that "Thatcher Is Out!". Me too, Margaret. And none too soon. She, no doubt, "out of her mind", and me, equally unhinged with joy to be FREE! Of Hungary, "Hawk" and HER!!!
2[on Wah-Wah (2005)] Because it took so long writing it, directing it, and getting it out in the cinema, it was very satisfying to do. Being able to address my pretty dysfunctional childhood from the safety of middle age proved to be a very rewarding experience.
3I did Hudson Hawk (1991) with the best of intentions. It had a great cast and looked great on paper and my agent said it would be a big success. You go into something thinking it's going to be the next big thing. You're wise in retrospect but I regret doing that.
4Hollywood is fear-filled. You only need to be there when the sun is not shining to notice the grim determination and the need to be on every billboard. Every meeting has some agenda. People smile in case you might be of use 10 years down the line. If you are successful everyone is your friend. God forbid that you are in a movie that's a clunker.
5When I see actors talking about world peace, it makes my sphincter weak. There is a difference between Emma Thompson talking about a world catastrophe and--God!--Demi Moore talking about it. Goldie Hawn talking about the elephants has a different impact than Joanna Lumley. Sometimes Hollywood doesn't seem a million miles from a Miss World contest. I just don't have strong enough mental furniture to withstand it.
6You finish a movie and you think, there, you've done it really well, or best you can. But if you watch it, you see it was just bollocks. You have to look at the discrepancy between what you hoped and imagined and the reality of yourself and all your shortcomings. You only see your own failure. I'd rather stick with the first idea--just have the experience of working--and leave it at that. You've got to protect the old bravado.
7What is there now? Famous people running away from explosions. That's it. They call it production values. Audiences will queue round the block to see an unimaginably highly paid film star running away from a fantastically expensive explosion. They think it's their money's worth. I despair that's what people have to do.
8Hollywood is on what they call a shit tide, meaning a tide where stuff comes in and goes out very quickly. People come in, get a part in something, get in a magazine, then they go away and you never hear of them again. The sun shines, the level of paranoia is bottomless, and everybody you meet has an agenda. And that's it. Show business, 24 hours a day. If you're doing well, you're a target, nobody's interested in you except how you can be of use to them. And you can't engage with anyone, you can only engage with their agenda. It is all very antisex.
9It's a chicken-and-egg situation: You've got to get name actors in order to get the finance, and in order to get the name actors you've got to bullshit that you've got the finance, while all the time you feel the whole thing could just unravel, the wheels come off the pram, everything conspires to make you sink into a pit of self-pity and despair.
10When an actor asks you to read his script, your heart sinks. The number of scripts I've been given by actors that are so unbelievably terrible! It's well known that actors are lousy writers.
11I'm still star-struck. I'm thrilled to say that hasn't changed. I think it has a lot to do with coming from nowhere and going somewhere. Where I grew up all there was in live entertainment was a drive-in cinema. I'm very aware of the leap from there to here. Ultimately, I think I'm too curious and enthusiastic to take any of it for granted.


1Attended the wedding of media mogul Rupert Murdoch to former model Jerry Hall in 2016.
2Unlike other actors to take on the role of The Doctor ("Doctor Who") in their careers, he is the only one to play the role ("Scream of the Shalka") before returning as another major character in the series ("The Snowmen" as Dr. Simeon/The Great Intelligence).
3He has two roles in common with his Corpse Bride (2005) co-star Christopher Lee: (1) Lee played Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962), Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991) and Incident at Victoria Falls (1992) while Grant played him in The Other Side (1992) and (2) Lee played Holmes' brother Mycroft Holmes in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) while Grant played him in Sherlock (2002).
4According to his Wah-Wah Diaries, he was offered a major role in the remake of Flight of the Phoenix (2004).
5The initial E in his name came about because there was already someone registered with Equity as Richard Grant. Richard was born Richard Grant Esterhuysen. So with permission of the other Richard Grant and Equity, he added the E. to his name.
6Wears two watches. The one on his right wrist was given to him by his late father and has Swaziland time. The one on his left wrist is set to British time.
7Loves new smells. Richard believes that smells evoke memories, so he loves to smell new books, cars, sofas, people.
8Is allergic to alcohol. He can have a drink and keep it down for about 10 minutes, but will be severely ill for 24 hours afterward.
9He was also the narrator/performer for Bram Stoker's Dracula Book on tape.
10He has two roles in common with both David Collings and David Warner. (1) Collings played Bob Cratchit in Scrooge (1970), Warner played him in A Christmas Carol (1984) and Grant played him in A Christmas Carol (1999) and (2) Grant played the Doctor in Comic Relief: Doctor Who - The Curse of Fatal Death (1999) and Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka (2003), Collings played him in the Big Finish audio drama "Full Fathom Five" and Warner played him in the Big Finish audio dramas "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Masters of War".
11Took part in a special celebrity edition of Blind Date on The Prince's Trust 30th Birthday: Live (2006). He and actor Sir Roger Moore lost to The X Factor (2004)'s Chico Slimani, who got to date Barry Humphries.
12He was one of the guests at Prince Charles's and Camilla Parker-Bowles' wedding
13Had a piano suite composed for him by Canadian artist Emm Gryner.
14Played the Doctor in a line of BBC animated Doctor Who (1963) adventures showcased on the Internet.
15His father was the last minister of education in the British colony of Swaziland before independence in 1968.
16Studied English and drama at university in Capetown, South Africa.
17One stepson, Tom
18Father of Olivia Grant.




Logan2017post-productionDr. Zander Rice
Their Finest2016Roger Swain
Jackie2016/VWilliam Walton
Game of Thrones2016TV SeriesIzembaro
Jekyll & Hyde2015TV SeriesSir Roger Bulstrode Colonel Roger Bulstrode
Dig2015TV SeriesIan Margrove
Teeth2015/IShortNarrator (voice)
Psychobitches2014TV SeriesMatthew Hopkins
Downton Abbey2014TV SeriesSimon Bricker
Queen & Country2014Major Cross
The Wishing Horse2014ShortLily's Father
Girls2014TV SeriesJasper
Dom Hemingway2013Dickie Black
Khumba2013Bradley (voice)
About Time2013/ILawyer in play (uncredited)
Doctor Who2012-2013TV SeriesDr. Simeon The Great Intelligence
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us2013TV Mini-Series documentaryNarrator
Cherrywood Cannon2012Short voice
The Fear2012TV Mini-SeriesSeb Whiting
Kath & Kimderella2012Alain the Page
Playhouse Presents2012TV SeriesStephen / Tony
Zambezia2012Cecil (voice)
The Iron Lady2011Michael Heseltine (as Richard E Grant)
Rev.2011TV SeriesMarcus
How to Stop Being a Loser2011Ian
Rab C. Nesbitt2011TV SeriesChingford Steel
Horrid Henry: The Movie2011Vic Van Wrinkle
Foster2011Mr. Potts
Madrigal the Secret Witch2011TV SeriesNarrator
The Crimson Petal and the White2011TV Mini-SeriesDoctor Curlew
Sotto il vestito niente - L'ultima sfilata2011Federico Marinoni
The Nutcracker in 3D2010Father
The Man Who Married Himself2010ShortOliver
Jackboots on Whitehall2010The Vicar (voice)
First Night2010/IAdam
Freezing2009TV SeriesRichard
Love Hurts2009/IBen Bingham
Cuckoo2009Professor Julius Greengrass
Mumbai Calling2008TV SeriesBenedict Harlow
The Garden of Eden2008Col. Philip Boyle
Filth and Wisdom2008Professor Flynn
Always Crashing in the Same Car2007ShortJames Booth
Dalziel and Pascoe2007TV SeriesLee Knight
Agatha Christie's Marple2007TV SeriesRaymond West
Above and Beyond2006TV Mini-SeriesDon Bennett
Penelope2006Franklin Wilhern
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties2006Preston (voice)
Color Me Kubrick2005Jasper
Corpse Bride2005Barkis Bittern (voice)
Patrick Hamilton: Words, Whisky and Women2005TV MovieNarrator (voice)
The Story of an African Farm2004Bonaparte Blenkins
Frasier2004TV SeriesStephen Moon
Tooth2004Jarvis Jarvis
Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka2003TV Mini-SeriesThe Doctor
Bright Young Things2003Fr Rothschild
Monsieur N.2003Hudson Lowe
Posh Nosh2003TV SeriesSimon Marchmont
The Hound of the Baskervilles2002TV MovieJack Stapleton
Sherlock2002TV MovieMycroft
Gosford Park: Deleted Scenes2002Video shortGeorge
Gosford Park2001George
The Scarlet Pimpernel1999-2000TV SeriesSir Percy Blakeney The Scarlet Pimpernel
The Little Vampire2000Frederick Sackville-Bagg
The Miracle Maker2000John the Baptist (voice)
A Christmas Carol1999TV MovieBob Cratchit
Trial & Retribution1999TV SeriesStephen Warrington
Let Them Eat Cake1999TV SeriesMonsieur Vigée-Lebrun
The Match1999Gorgeous Gus
Comic Relief: Doctor Who - The Curse of Fatal Death1999TV ShortThe Doctor
Home Farm Twins1999TV SeriesPaul Baker (2005)
Cash in Hand1998Sir Harry Parkins
St. Ives1998Major Farquhar Chevening
Treasure Island1997VideoLong John Silver (voice)
Spice World1997Clifford
Food of Love1997Alex Salmon
A Royal Scandal1997TV MovieGeorge, prince of Wales
A Merry War1997Gordon Comstock
The Serpent's Kiss1997James Fitzmaurice
Captain Star1997TV SeriesCaptain Jim Star
Twelfth Night or What You Will1996Sir Andrew Aguecheek
The Portrait of a Lady1996Lord Warburton
Cold Lazarus1996TV Mini-SeriesNick Balmer
Karaoke1996TV Mini-SeriesNick Balmer
The Cold Light of Day1996Viktor Marek
Performance1995TV SeriesNurse / Bedhead
Jack & Sarah1995Jack (as Richard E Grant)
Butter1994TV ShortGerrard
Ready to Wear1994Cort Romney
Hard Times1994TV Mini-SeriesJames Harthouse
Calliope1994ShortThe Producer
Absolutely Fabulous1994TV SeriesDream Justin
The Legends of Treasure Island1993TV SeriesLong John Silver
The Age of Innocence1993Larry Lefferts
Great Performances1993TV SeriesGeorge Holly
Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life1993ShortFranz Kafka
Pallas1992TV SeriesNarrator
Dracula1992Dr. Jack Seward
The Other Side1992TV MovieSherlock Holmes
The Player1992Tom Oakley
Hudson Hawk1991Darwin Mayflower
L.A. Story1991Roland Mackey
Henry & June1990Hugo
Killing Dad or How to Love Your Mother1990Berg
Mountains of the Moon1990Larry Oliphant
Warlock1989Giles Redferne
How to Get Ahead in Advertising1989Denis Dimbleby Bagley
Screen Two1986-1989TV SeriesDavid Dunhill / Moonee Livingstone
Thieves in the Night1988TV MovieJoseph
Codename: Kyril1988TV Mini-SeriesSculby
Hidden City1987Brewster
Lizzie's Pictures1987TV Mini-SeriesVernon
Withnail & I1987Withnail
Sweet Sixteen1983TV SeriesAnton


The Scarlet Pimpernel1999TV Series performer - 1 episode
Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life1993Short performer: "Hark the Herald Angels Sing"




Wah-Wah2005written by


About Time2013/Ispecial thanks
Always Crashing in the Same Car2007Short thanks


Withnail and Us2001TV Short documentaryHimself
We Know Where You Live2001TV MovieHimself
Strictly Sinatra2001Himself
I Love 1980's2001TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
So Graham Norton2001TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings2000TV SpecialVarious Characters
The 11 O'Clock Show2000TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Parkinson2000TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Priory2000TV SeriesHimself
Victoria's Secrets2000TV MovieHimself
The Peculiar Memories of Bruce Robinson1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Moonshot - the Spirit of 691999TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Making of Spiceworld1997TV Movie documentary
An Audience with Elton John1997TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
The Evening Standard Drama Awards1996TV SpecialHimself
MTV Europe Music Awards 19961996TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Works1996TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
An Evening with Lily Savage1996TV Movie documentaryHimself - Audience Member
In Search of Dracula with Jonathan Ross1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
TFI Friday1996TV SeriesHimself
The 49th Bafta Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actor / Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1996TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Hotel Babylon1996TV SeriesHimself
Shooting Stars1996TV SeriesHimself
Empire of the Censors1995TV Movie documentaryHimself / Host
Room 1011995TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Anyone for Pennis?1995TV MovieHimself
Danny Baker After All1993TV SeriesHimself
The Full Wax1993TV SeriesHimself
Aspel & Company1993TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Word1990TV SeriesHimself
Theater of Survival: Life and Times of the Space2017Documentary post-production
Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
A Fanatic Heart: Geldof On Yeats2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
In Conversation2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
The Paul O'Grady Show2006-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Secret World of Lewis Carroll2015TV Movie documentaryHimself - Actor
Andrea Chénier: Live from the Royal Opera House2015Himself - Introduction by (as Richard E Grant)
Richard E Grant's 7 Deadly Sins2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Stephen Fry: Gadget Man2014TV SeriesHimself
Richard E. Grant's Hotel Secrets2012-2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
Loose Women2011-2014TV SeriesHimself
The EE British Academy Film Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Production Design and Sound
The Kumars2014TV SeriesHimself
This Morning1999-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Dirty Weekenders in France with Richard E Grant2014TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
McKenna2014TV SeriesHimself
Hello: A Portrait of Leslie Phillips2013TV Movie documentaryHimself - #MountainsOfTheMoon
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us2013TV Mini-Series documentaryNarrator
The Riviera: A History in Pictures2013TV Mini-SeriesHimself
For No Good Reason2012DocumentaryHimself
Words of the Titanic2012TV Movie documentaryReader
The A to Z of Crime2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Horrid Henry's Movie Mayhem2011TV MovieHimself
A Quiet Word with...2011TV SeriesHimself
The One Show2007-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Fern2011TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest
The 50 Funniest Moments of 20102011TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Iron Lady: Meet the Politicians2011Video documentary shortHimself
Would I Lie to You?2010TV SeriesHimself
The 5 O'Clock Show2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Cutting Edge2010TV Series documentaryNarrator
Dear Diary2010TV Series documentaryHimself
The History of Safari with Richard E Grant2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Victoria Wood: Seen on TV2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Variety Club Showbiz Awards 20092009TV SpecialHimself (as Richard E Grant)
8 Out of 10 Cats2009TV SeriesHimself
First Tuesday Book Club2007-2008TV SeriesHimself
Rove Live2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
9am with David & Kim2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
A Taste of My Life2006-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Film '722008TV SeriesHimself
In Search of Perfection2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Elementary My Dear Viewer2007TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter (as Richard E Grant)
The Blood Is the Life: The Making of 'Bram Stoker's Dracula'2007Video documentary shortHimself
Roald Dahl's Revolting Rule Book2007TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
British Film Forever2007TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
BBC Proms2007TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
The Friday Night Project2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Chaser's War on Everything2007TV SeriesHimself
Clive James Talking in the Library2006TV SeriesHimself
The Secret Policeman's Ball2006TV MovieHimself
Viking Boat Race2006TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Enough Rope with Andrew Denton2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
1 Leicester Square2006TV SeriesHimself
HARDtalk Extra2006TV SeriesHimself
Have I Got News for You2006TV SeriesHimself
ShortCutters2006TV SeriesHimself
The Prince's Trust 30th Birthday: Live2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Breakfast2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Big Sky Bears2006TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
The King's Head: A Maverick in London2006Video documentaryHimself - Actor
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Story of Fairytale of New York2005TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The Heaven and Earth Show2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Richard & Judy2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Making of a Film Idol2005DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Celebrity Shark Bait2005TV MovieHimself
The Royal Wedding of HRH the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles2005TV MovieHimself
Tubridy Tonight2005TV SeriesHimself
Victoria Wood: A BAFTA Tribute2005TV MovieHimself (as Richard E Grant)
Wah Wah in Swaziland2005Video documentaryHimself - Producer
The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody2004TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Christmas in Tinseltown2004TV Short documentaryNarrator (voice)
From the Bottom Up2004Documentary shortFather Rothschild
The Regency House Party2004TV Mini-Series documentaryNarrator
A Moose Named Madeline2004TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
EastEnders: Christmas Party2003TV MovieHimself
QI2003TV SeriesHimself
The People's Hollywood2003TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
The 100 Greatest Movie Stars2003TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Comic Relief 2003: The Big Hair Do2003TV SpecialHimself
Monsieur N, l'aventure du tournage2003Video documentary shortHimself
Stephen Fry: Director Documentary2003Video documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Seven Days That Shook the Spice Girls2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Omnibus1999-2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Judi Dench: A BAFTA Tribute2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of Gosford Park2002TV Short documentaryHimself
The Kumars at No. 422001TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

No Sleep TV32015TV SeriesFranz Kafka
Chelsea Lately2014TV SeriesDickie Black in 'Dom Hemingway'
QI Genesis2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Iron Lady: John Campbell on Thatcher2011Video documentary shortHimself / Michael Heseltine (uncredited)
Would I Lie to You?2010TV SeriesHimself
Love Off-Air2006Video documentary short9th Doctor
Flash Frames2006Video documentary shortThe Doctor
William Shakespeare2000DocumentaryWithnail
Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings Outtakes2000Video shortUndetermined role (uncredited)


Won Awards

2011Special Achievement AwardIrina Palm d'OrFirst Night (2010)
2002Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleGosford Park (2001)
2002FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Ensemble CastGosford Park (2001)
2002OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest EnsembleGosford Park (2001)
2002Special Achievement AwardSatellite AwardsOutstanding Motion Picture EnsembleGosford Park (2001)
2002ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion PictureGosford Park (2001)
1994NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Acting by an EnsemblePrêt- (1994)

Nominated Awards

2005Douglas Hickox AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsWah-Wah (2005)
2002PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Acting EnsembleGosford Park (2001)
1992Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorHudson Hawk (1991)

2nd Place Awards

2001ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleGosford Park (2001)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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