Love Actually reunion! Hugh Grant is joined by Martine McCutcheon as rom-com king picks up prestigious BFI Fellowship award
He is best known for his floppy haired charm in romantic comedies.
And Hugh Grant's on-screen charisma has earned him a Fellowship from the British Film Institute, one of cinema’s top accolades for his contribution to the film industry.
The 55-year-old actor was joined by a host of famous faces including his Love Actually co-star Martine McCutcheon at the BFI’s Chairman’s Dinner in London on Tuesday night as he picked up the prize.
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Main man: Hugh Grant's film career was celebrated on Tuesday night at the BFI’s Chairman’s Dinner, held at the Corinthia Hotel in London
Martine's appearance at the event was fitting since she famously playing his love interest in one of the biggest films of his career to date.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxThe endearing romance between the Prime Minister and his girl-next-door aide Natalie helped cement the 2003 rom-com as one the nation's favourites.
The pair were also joined by fellow Love Actually star Bill Nighy at the awards, reuniting in style as they fêted Hugh's success.
Hugh scrubbed up in style to attend the award presentation, sporting a dapper suit and a bow tie.
Back together again: Martine McCutcheon showed her support for her Love Actually co-star Hugh at the event
Prestigious prize: Hugh was awarded a Fellowship from the British Film Institute, one of cinema’s top accolades
The British star proved he only gets better with age, appearing just as handsome as in his 90s heyday.
Grant's only major awards up to now have been a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for his turn as a hapless serial monogamist in 1994’s Four Weddings and a Funeral.
However, he now finds himself a BFI Fellow, among such reified company as Sir David Lean, Sir Alec Guinness, Sir Michael Caine, Dame Maggie Smith and Dame Judi Dench.
This is the 82nd Fellowship bestowed by the British Film Institute since the accolade was first introduced in 1983 and Sir John Hurt, himself a recipient, has called it ‘the highest honour possible’.
Love Actually love story: Martine's appearance at the event was fitting since she famously playing his love interest in one of the biggest films of his career to date
Family favourite film: The endearing romance between the Prime Minister and his girl-next-door aide Natalie helped cement the 2003 rom-com as one the nation's favourites
Gorgeous as ever: Martine looked sensational in a simple black dress and dazzling diamond earrings
Flattering: The 39-year-old actress' black dress cinched in her curves in all the right places
Last year saw the award go to Mel Brooks and Cate Blanchett, both Oscar winners.
The award was presented to Hugh by film producer and Co-Chairman of Working Title, Eric Fellner, at the BFI’s Chairman’s Dinner, hosted by BFI Chair Greg Dyke.
Grant admitted it was a ‘lovely surprise’ and added it was ‘a great honour and I’m very grateful to the BFI for thinking of me.’
Chairman Dyke said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to honour Hugh Grant with a BFI Fellowship. With impeccable comic timing and huge doses of his unique, ironic self-deprecating and very British charm, Hugh always pulls off the hardest thing of all – a seemingly effortless performance.
Three's a crowd! Love Actually favourite Bill Nighy was also in attendance at the event
Handsome chap: Henry Cavill got suited and booted for the occasion, which saw the best of the British acting world in one room
'I can assure you it’s not. Hugh’s acting talents are prodigious and his contribution to cinema enormous. He is a British icon and has been making literally billions of people all over the world laugh, cry - and fall in love with him of course - for over 30 years.’
Born in 1960, Grant was educated at £5,900-a-term Latymer School in London before studying English Literature at New College Oxford.
His first major film role in 1987’s Maurice won him a Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival, shared with co-star James Wilby. Fame came with Richard Curtis’ romantic comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral.
He has since been best known for his roles in films including Love Actually, Notting Hill and About A Boy, where often plays an awkward or curmudgeonly man who finds love and redemption. He also played the devilish Daniel in the Bridget Jones series.
While not always finding critical acclaim – his performance in 2009’s Did You Hear About the Morgans? was branded ‘a shambles’ – he has certainly been a crowd pleaser, with his 25 worldwide releases making £1.7billion at the box office.
Stepping out: The Danish Girl and Les Miserables director Tom Hooper put in an appearance
Fan favourite: Monty Python's Terry Gilliam was in attendance with his wife Maggie Weston
Crowd pleaser: Hugh's 25 worldwide releases have made him a whopping £1.7billion at the box office
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