Grant studied English at the University of Oxford, and made his film debut in 1982. Television came later, in 1985. One of his first major film roles was in The Remains of the Day (1993), and he became simultaneously known as the partner of actress Elizabeth Hurley, but it was Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) which turned him into a big star.
Not long after gaining the starring role in Sense and Sensibility in 1995, Grant was arrested in Hollywood, having been caught in flagrante delicto with a prostitute. A public apology helped win back public support, but the break-up with Liz Hurley came soon afterwards -- though they later got back together. Grant kept a low profile until 1999, when he starred in Notting Hill opposite Julia Roberts, and followed up with major successes in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), About a Boy (2002) and Two Weeks Notice (2002) opposite Sandra Bullock. He returned to partnership with Richard Curtis in the 2003 romantic comedy, Love Actually.