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|Dancy at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival|
|Birthday/Birthplace||Hugh Michael Horace Dancy
(1975-06-19) 19 June 1975
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
|College(s)||St Peter’s College, Oxford|
|Wife/Husband||Claire Danes (m. 2009)|
Hugh Dancy (Staffordshire, June 19, 1975) is a British actor and model.
A film, theater and television actor known for being the star of the NBC Hannibal series (2013-2015) and for roles in films such as Adam (2009), Hechizada (2004), El atardecer (2007), Conociendo a Jane Austen (2007) or Hysteria (2012).
In 2006 he was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of the Earl of Essex in the miniseries Elizabeth I. He is the son of the philosopher Jonathan Dancy.
Hugh Michael Horance Dancy was born in Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire and grew up in Newcastle-under-Lyme. He is the son of a philosophy professor, Jonathan Peter Dancy. He teaches at the University of Reading and the University of Texas at Austin. His mother works in academic publications. Hugh is the oldest of three brothers: he has a brother named John Jack Christopher (he is co-director of the travel company Trufflepig Travel) and a sister named Katharine Sarah.
From five years to ten years, the actor was educated at the Edenhurst Preparatory School in Newcastle-under-Lyme. At the age of 10, he attended classes at the Dragon School in Oxford and later at Winchester College. At age 18, Dancy starred in the Winchester College Players’ production, “Twelfth Night,” which was performed in Winchester and the Minack Theater in Cornwall. During those years he studied English at St. Peter’s College, Oxford.
First works in television and cinema
After graduation, the actor moved to live in London, where he met the casting director Ross Hubbard and agent Dallas Smith, who signed a contract with him.
In 1998, his career in acting begins formally. Between those first interpretative works of end of the Nineties they emphasize its paper in the series of psychological drama “Trial and Retribution II” of ITV, its paper in the series “The new adventures of Robin Hood” or its personage in the second season of the Granada Television series, “Cold feet”. He also appeared in the BBC’s “Dangerfield” series.
In the year 2000 he premiered several roles of greater relevance that would lead him to make himself known. He played David Copperfield in the TV movie “David Copperfield” produced by Hallmark Entertainment and TNT based on the novel of the same name by Charles Dickens. In it appeared next to Sally Field. That same year he played in France on the BBC TV movie based on Gustave Flaubert’s classic “Madame Bovary” with Frances O’Connor and Hugh Bonneville. The year ended appearing in the series “Cazatesoros”.
Hugh remained in France to play D’Artagnan in 2001 in “Young Blades”, a story inspired by “The Three Musketeers” by Alexandre Dumas. At that moment, its beginnings took place on the big screen. He played a supporting role in the prestigious Ridley Scott film in “Black Hawk Down” with Ewan McGregor or Josh Hartnett. The film was shot in locations in Morocco.
Consolidation as an actor
In 2002, he starred in the BBC’s four-episode mini-series “Daniel Deronda” directed by Tom Hooper (“Les miserables”) with Hugh Bonneville, Romola Garai and Edward Fox. This one is part of Victorian London. A year later, in 2003, he starred in his first film: the romantic “The language of dreams” (“The sleeping dictionary”), in which he shared the bill with Jessica Alba and Emily Mortimer. Also in 2003 he appeared in “Tempo”, a feature film shot in Luxembourg and also starring Melanie Griffith and Rachel Leigh Cook.
As a model, it is the image of the famous Burberry clothing brand in various brand advertising for several years.
In 2004, he starred in the role of Prince Charmont in the Miramax fantasy film “Hechizada” (“Ella enchanted”) with the popular Anne Hathaway and appears in “El rey Arturo” (“King Arthur”) by Antoine Fuqua with Keira Knightley, Clive Owen, Joel Edgerton or Stephen Dillane and his co-star Hannibal Mads Mikkelsen. Both films are shot by the actor in Ireland.
In 2005 he has another main role with John Hurt in the historical drama shot in Rwanda “Shooting dogs” by Michael Caton-Jones and in the mini-series of HBO and the British Channel Four, “Elizabeth I “with Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons and Toby Jones. For his portrayal of the Earl of Essex he was nominated for an Emmy Award. In this project, the actor met again with the filmmaker Tom Hooper. This mini-series of two chapters was shot in Lithuania.
In 2006 he appeared in the second part of the famous “Basic Instinct”: “Basic Instinct II: Risk Addiction” (“Basic Instinct II”) with Sharon Stone, David Thewlis or David Morrisey. A year later, in 2007 he gets a role in “The brand of the wolf” (“Blood and chocolate”) with Agnes Bruckner and Olivier Martinez. That same year he intervenes in the controversial “Savage Grace” in a co-starring role with Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne or Elena Anaya. The film was shot between Barcelona and London.
In 2007 Dancy also appeared in a relevant character of “El atardecer” (“Evening”) by Lajos Koltai with Claire Danes, Glenn Close, Meryl Streep or Vanessa Redgrave. In fact, it was in this beautiful film that he met his current wife Claire Danes. They both filmed scenes together in beautiful venues in Newport, Rhode Island, United States.
The previous season, Hugh starred in the Broadway theater with an award-winning Tony theater production: “Journey’s end,” a drama about the First World War.
At the end of 2007 he also premiered “Meeting Jane Austen” (“The Jane Austen Book Club”) with Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, Kathy Baker or Kevin Zegers.
In 2008 he appeared in the theater in the play “The Pride”, an off-Broadway production with Ben Whishaw and Andrea Riseborough.
Two years later, in 2009, he starred in one of his most famous roles: he plays a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome in “Adam” (“Adam”) by Max Mayer. He appears on the tape with Rose Byrne and Peter Gallagher. Note that for this role the actor receives a Satellite Award nomination. Following with his famous interpretations, also in 2009 takes place the premiere of the romantic comedy “Confessions of a compulsive buyer” (“Confessions of a Shopaholic”) in which he plays a journalist who falls in love with the charming protagonist played by Isla Fisher.
Between 2010 and 2011 he appeared again on Broadway playing a role with Nina Arianda in the play “Venus in fur”. The prestigious New York Times praised his interpretation.
In 2010 he played “Coach” with Mamie Gummer (daughter of Meryl Streep) and in 2011 he also premiered the dramatic thriller “Martha Marcy May Marlene” with Elizabeth Olsen, among others. In 2011 he also premiered the comedy “Our idiot brother” with Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Rashida Jones and Emily Mortimer.
In 2011, she appears in several episodes of the Showtime television series “Con C capitalis” (“The Big C”), starring Laura Linney. In 2012 he premiered the romantic comedy “Hysteria” as a protagonist with Maggie Gyllenhaal. Felicity Jones and Rupert Everett completed the cast of this film shot in London.
More Facts about Hugh Dancy
|Whole Name||Hugh Michael Horace Dancy|
|AKA(s)||Hugh Dancy, Dancy, Hugh|
|Born/Where||Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, UK|
|Born||June 19, 1975|
|What He/She Does||Actor, model|
|Alma Mater||Winchester College|
|His/Her Height||5′ 10″ (1.78 m)|
|Children||Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy|
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