Biography

Elizabeth Jane Hurley is an English model and actress who became known as a girlfriend of Hugh Grant in the 1990s. In 1994, as 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 Los Angeles premiere in a plunging black Versace dress held together with gold safety pins, which gained her instant media notice.

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.

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, Kate, and a younger brother Michael James Hurley.

Hurley was a struggling actress in 1987, when she met Hugh Grant while working on a Spanish production called Remando Al Viento. While Hurley was his girlfriend, Grant 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, Hurley and Grant announced an "amicable" split 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. In late 2002, Hurley started dating Indian textile heir Arun Nayar, who runs 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.

Elizabeth Jane Hurley is an English model and actress who became known as a girlfriend of Hugh Grant in the 1990s. In 1994, as 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 Los Angeles premiere in a plunging black Versace dress held together with gold safety pins, which gained her instant media notice.

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.

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, Kate, and a younger brother Michael James Hurley.

Hurley was a struggling actress in 1987, when she met Hugh Grant while working on a Spanish production called Remando Al Viento. While Hurley was his girlfriend, Grant 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, Hurley and Grant announced an "amicable" split 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. In late 2002, Hurley started dating Indian textile heir Arun Nayar, who runs 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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 42

Birthday 1965-06-10

Place of Birth Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, UK

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

Wonder Woman (1 episode) as Veronica Cale
2018 An Elephant's Journey as Aunt Sarah
2015 The Royals (40 episodes) as Queen Helena
2014 Viktor as Alexandra Ivanov
2010 Made in Romania as Herself
2008 Valentino: The Last Emperor
2007 The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Love's Sweet Song as Vicky Prentiss
2007 Gossip Girl (13 episodes) as Diana Payne
2006 Project Catwalk (11 episodes) as Host
2004 Method as Rebecca Fairbanks
2002 Serving Sara as Sara Moore
2002 Dawg as Anna Lockheart
2001 The Job (1 episode)
2001 Double Whammy as Dr. Ann Beamer
2000 Bedazzled as The Devil
2000 The Weight of Water as Adaline Gunne
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me as Vanessa Kensington
1999 Edtv as Jill
1999 My Favorite Martian as Brace Channing
1998 Permanent Midnight as Sandra
1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery as Vanessa Kensington
1997 Dangerous Ground as Karen
1996 Samson and Delilah as Dalila
1996 The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1 episode)
1996 E! True Hollywood Story (1 episode)
1996 Harrison: Cry of the City as Cecilia Harrison
1995 Mad Dogs And Englishmen as Antonia
1994 Sharpe's Enemy as Lady Farthingdale
1994 Beyond Bedlam as Stephanie Lyell
1993 Sharpe (1 episode)
1992 Passenger 57 as Sabrina Ritchie
1992 El largo invierno
1990 Kill Cruise as Lou
1990 Death Has A Bad Reputation as Julia Latham
1988 Rowing with the Wind as Claire Clairmont
1987 Aria as Marietta
1987 Inspector Morse (1 episode)
1981 Wanna bet, that..? (2 episodes)
1975 Rumpole of the Bailey (1 episode)
1948 Bambi-Verleihung (1 episode) as herself

Production

1999 Mickey Blue Eyes Producer
1996 Extreme Measures Producer

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