Only a few actors in the entertainment industry can adequately perform diversified roles and perfectly excel in them. For Richard E Grant, he is just a perfect glam for any role, be it as a cop, father, doctor; just name it. He started his career way back in the early ’80s and has succeeded in building an empire for himself in the American entertainment industry.
Interestingly, the actor garnered wide popularity through his remarkable performance in the blockbuster fantasy TV series, Game Of Thrones in 2016. He portrayed the role of Izembaro in the sixth season of the series. For his jaw-dropping performances, the actor has received several award nominations and has recorded a few awards in his name. The thespian has quite an interesting resume, so join us as we take you through his biography and other interesting facts below.
Who is Richard E Grant? (Biography)
Often referred to as a Christmasaholic, Richard Esterhuysen Grant is a Swazi-born British actor, director, screenwriter, and perfumier. His nickname Christmasaholic originated from the fact that he fell in love with Christmas just because of his dad’s usage of alcohol on that day. Richard was born to Leonne and Henrik Esterhuysen on a Sunday, 5 May 1957 in Mbabane, Eswatini. He holds dual citizenship of the United Kingdom and Swaziland, as well as, English, Dutch/Afrikaner, and German ancestry. He grew up along with his younger brother, Stuart.
While he was growing, Richard had a marred childhood; he watched his mom cheating with his dad’s best friend, a sad event that later led to his parent’s separation. As a result of his mother’s infidelity, he developed a habit of keeping a diary of his childhood experiences which he transformed into a semi-autobiographical movie in 2005. To his dad’s advantage, his mother’s misbehavior pushed him closer to him. Till date, he wears two wrist watches one given to him by his dying father, permanently set on Swaziland time and the other he got for himself.
The prolific actor is well educated, he completed his basic education at St Mark’s Primary School before proceeding to Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa. He went on to acquire a bachelor’s degree in English and Drama at the University of Cape Town.
Career and Rise To Fame
Richard E Grant started his acting career with Space Theatre Company in Cape Town before relocating to London in search of greener pastures. He made his first film appearance in the British black comedy film, Withnail and I in1987. His brilliant role in the film, helped him secure much bigger roles subsequently. He has made outstanding and jaw-dropping performances in a handful of television series and films till date.
The movie star came into the limelight in 1995 following his appearance in the award-winning comic film, Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life. The film garnered positive reviews and subsequently won the 1995 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. The following year, he portrayed the role of Sir Andrew Aguecheek in the film adaption of William Shakespear’s Twelfth Night. After that, he followed it up with the release of his first music single and video, To Be Or Not To Be with Orpheus in 1997.
He starred as the Doctor in the 2008 science fiction TV series, Doctor Who and later in the same year, he made his Broadway debut with Opera Australia. The following year, he appeared as Alain Reille in the play, God of Change. In addition to his acting career, Richard also appeared in a music video alongside the band group called Bristol in 2010.
The highlight of his most popular movies includes Hudson Hwak (1991), The Age of Innocence (1993), The LittleVampire (2000), Gosferd Park (2001), Wah Wah (2005), Logan (2017) and The Nutcracker and Four Realms (2018). Following his performance in the 2018 American biographical film, Can You Ever Forgive Me? Richard was nominated for several awards including Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award. His latest movie is the 2019 epic film Stars Wars: Episode IX.
Family: Wife and Children
Shedding a glimpse of light in his personal life, Richard E Grant has got an amazing love story. While the Hollywood industry has become a hotspot for broken celebrity marriages, the movie star is among the few whose marriage has stood the test of time. Grant is happily married to his longtime sweetheart and love of his life, Joan Washington. Joan is a well-known art lover and voice coach. The pair met each other during the early ’80s and after a few years of successful relationship, they tied the knot in 1986.
Together, they have a daughter named Olivia Grant as well as a stepson, Tom from Joan past relationship. The couple has been living together for over three decades and there is no sign of marital issues or controversies between them.