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Elizabeth Hurley


Birth name:

Elizabeth Jane Hurley




Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, UK



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Executive summary:

Vanessa Kensington in Austin Powers


5' 9" (1.75 m)


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Elizabeth Hurley - Biography


Elizabeth Jane Hurley (born 10 June 1965) is an English model and actress who became known as a girlfriend of Hugh Grant in the 1990s. Born in Basingstoke, Hurley was a struggling actress in 1987, when she met Grant while working on a Spanish production called Remando Al Viento. In 1994, Grant became the focus of worldwide media attention due to the global box office success of his film Four Weddings and a Funeral. Hurley accompanied him to the film's London premiere and was noted for wearing a plunging black Versace dress held together with gold safety pins. According to The Guardian, Hurley was "then known as 'Hugh Grant's girlfriend,' now known as 'Hugh Grant's former girlfriend,'" due to their high-profile romantic relationship that ended in 2000.

The highlight of Hurley's professional life has been her association with the cosmetics company Estée Lauder. The company gave Hurley her first modeling job at the age of 29 and has used her as a model for its products, especially perfumes such as Sensuous, Intuition, and Pleasures, since 1995. Her best known cinematic work was as Vanessa Kensington in Mike Myers' hit spy comedies, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999). Hurley currently models and designs an eponymous beachwear line. In 2002, Hurley had a son.

Hurley was born as a middle child in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, the daughter of Angela and Roy Hurley. Her Irish father was a Major in the British Army, while her Anglican mother was a teacher at Kempshott Infant School. She has an older sister Katie and a younger brother Michael. Hurley was educated at local schools including Kempshott Infant School, Kempshott Junior School, and the Harriet Costello School. Aspiring to be a dancer as a young girl, she took ballet classes and later briefly studied dance and theatre at the London Studio Centre. While in her teens, she became involved with punk fashion, dying her hair pink and piercing her nose. "When I was 16 - this was about 1981, 1982 - the thing to be in Basingstoke, the suburb I grew up in, was punk," she explained. She also reportedly associated with the New Age Travellers in her youth.[

Hurley started working as an actress in the late 1980s and became a model in 1995. During the 2000s, she worked unsuccessfully as a reality television presenter in Britain. Allmovie described her as "one of the world's most famous arm ornaments, model, and sometimes-actress," with the first being a reference to her red-carpet appearances accompanying Hugh Grant to his film premieres and other social functions while they were a couple until 2000. She has appeared three times on the cover of British Vogue.[

Hurley made her first film appearance in Aria (1987). She has since appeared in movies such as Passenger 57, EDtv, Bedazzled, and Serving Sara. In 1997, she received her first and only acting award, the ShoWest Supporting Actress of the Year, for her performance in the spy spoof Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. When Hugh Grant founded and became the director of Simian Films in 1994, Hurley was credited as one of the producers for the company's two Grant vehicles, Extreme Measures (1996) and Mickey Blue Eyes (1999). In 2000, she was publicly criticised for breaking a five-month acting strike to film an Estée Lauder advertisement, for which she was fined $100,000 (£70,000 in 2000) by the Screen Actors Guild and labeled "Elizabeth Scably" by protesters.[

While Hurley was Hugh Grant's girlfriend, he was embroiled in an international scandal for soliciting the services of a female prostitute in 1995. Hurley stood by him and accompanied Grant to the premiere of his movie Nine Months. After 13 years together, Grant announced an "amicable" split from Hurley in May 2000. Hurley lived in a London home owned by Grant after the break-up. She invited Grant to her wedding in 2007, but he chose not to attend. On 4 April 2002, Hurley gave birth to a son, Damian Charles Hurley. The baby's father, Steve Bing, denied paternity by alleging that he and Hurley had a brief, non-exclusive relationship in 2001. A DNA test, however, established Bing as the child's father. Hurley is godmother to Patsy Kensit's son Lennon, and two of David Beckham and Victoria Beckham's sons (Brooklyn and Romeo).
In late 2002, Hurley started dating Indian textile heir Arun Nayar, who has run a small software company since 1998. On 2 March 2007, Hurley and Nayar married at Sudeley Castle and then had a second wedding at Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, India. The Indian celebrations included a sangeet at Nagaur Fort and a reception at Mehrangarh Fort. The wedding ceremonies, photos of which were sold to Hello! magazine for a reported £2 million, were attended by Elton John (who gave Hurley away), Tracey Emin, Tom Ford, Elle Macpherson, Donatella Versace, Trinny Woodall, Tamara Mellon, Valentino, Janet Street-Porter, Patsy Kensit, and Leonard and Evelyn Lauder, among other celebrities. Hurley, who has an estimated net worth of £13 million according to the Daily Mail, resides on a 400-acre (1.6 km2) organic farm in Barnsley, Gloucestershire, with her son and husband.


Elizabeth Hurley - Personal Quotes


"I'd kill myself if I was as fat as Marilyn Monroe".

"A bit of lusting after someone does wonders for you and is good for your skin." -- "Marie Claire" magazine, November 2000

"If Hugh and I split up, I would feel as if my brother had died."

"Being English, I always laugh at anything to do with the lavatory or bottoms."


Elizabeth Hurley - Filmography


The Wild Bunch (2010) (voice)
The Last Guy on Earth (2006)
Method (2004) .... Rebecca
... aka Dead Even (UK: DVD title)
Serving Sara (2002) .... Sara Moore
... aka Mann umständehalber abzugeben! oder: Scheiden ist süß (Germany)
... aka Scheiden ist süß (Germany: video title)
Bad Boy (2002) .... Anna Lockheart
... aka Dawg (UK) (USA: TV title)
Double Whammy (2001) .... Dr. Ann Beamer
Bedazzled (2000) .... The Devil
... aka Teuflisch (Germany)
The Weight of Water (2000) .... Adaline Gunne
... aka Le poids de l'eau (France)
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) .... Vanessa
... aka Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me (USA: video title)
Edtv (1999) .... Jill
... aka Ed TV (USA: poster title)
My Favorite Martian (1999) .... Brace Channing
... aka My Favourite Martian (Australia)
Permanent Midnight (1998) .... Sandra
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) .... Vanessa Kensington
... aka Austin Powers - Das Schärfste, was Ihre Majestät zu bieten hat (Germany)
Dangerous Ground (1997) .... Karen
Samson and Delilah (1996) (TV) .... Dalila
... aka Die Bibel: Samson und Delila (Germany)
... aka Sansone e Dalila (Italy)
Harrison: Cry of the City (1996) (TV) .... Cecilia Harrison
Mad Dogs and Englishmen (1995) .... Antonia Dyer
... aka Mad Dogs & Englishmen (Canada: English title: video box title)
... aka Shameless
The Shamrock Conspiracy (1995) (TV) .... Cecilia Harrison
Sharpe's Enemy (1994) (TV) .... Lady Farthingdale
Beyond Bedlam (1994) .... Stephanie Lyell
... aka Nightscare
Passenger 57 (1992) .... Sabrina Ritchie
"The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" .... Vicky Prentiss (1 episode, 1992)
- London, May 1916 (1992) TV episode .... Vicky Prentiss
El largo invierno (1992) .... Emma Stapleton
... aka El llarg hivern (Spain: Catalan title)
... aka The Long Winter
... aka The Long Winter of '39
"The Good Guys" .... Candida Aston (1 episode, 1992)
- Relative Values (1992) TV episode .... Candida Aston
"The Orchid House" .... Natalie (1 episode, 1991)
- Natalie (1991) TV episode .... Natalie
Der Skipper (1990) .... Lou
... aka Kill Cruise
... aka The Skipper (International: English title: literal title)
... aka The Storm
Death Has a Bad Reputation (1990) (TV) .... Julia Latham
Act of Will (1989) (TV) .... Christina
"Rumpole of the Bailey" .... Rosie Japhet (1 episode, 1988)
- Rumpole and the Barrow Boy (1988) TV episode .... Rosie Japhet
Christabel (1988) (TV) .... Christabel Bielenberg
Remando al viento (1988) .... Claire Clairmont
... aka Rowing in the Wind
... aka Rowing with the Wind
"Inspector Morse" .... Julia (1 episode, 1988)
- Last Seen Wearing (1988) TV episode .... Julia
Aria (1987) .... Marietta (segment "Die tote Stadt")


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