Elizabeth Hurley biography 2022

Actress Elizabeth Hurley

Elizabeth Hurley biography

Elizabeth Hurley was born June 10, 1965, in Hampshire, England.

She grew up the daughter of an army officer and an elementary school teacher.

She grew up in Basingstoke, England. When Elizabeth was young, she wanted to become a dancer, so Hurley went to school for ballet instruction when she was twelve.

Her attendance at the boarding school was short-lived, and she then went through another phase: the English punk phase. Although it must be hard to imagine the now glamorous Hurley with pink hair and a nose ring, she was a victim of early '80s punk fashion, as that was the thing to do at that time and place.

At age 21, she landed her first film role in the 1987 film Aria after attending the London Studio Center on scholarship. Hurley's role in the film Rowing In the Wind that same year also starred her future boyfriend, Hugh Grant. A year later, she received praise for her role as Christabel Bielenberg in the BBC miniseries Christabel.

Elizabeth Hurley gained recognition for her role in the 1992 action film Passenger 57, starring Wesley Snipes. Although this was a Hollywood film, she still found it difficult to receive quality roles and returned to England.

Whoever said clothes aren't necessary doesn't know about Elizabeth Hurley's claim to fame. Versace did her a favor by giving this beauty an unsold dress to wear to the 1994 London premiere of Hugh Grant's film, Four Weddings, and a Funeral. The risque dress held together by safety pins became Hurley's ticket to stardom as she turned heads at the premiere.

More attention followed when Estée Lauder signed Elizabeth Hurley as the face of the international cosmetics company. And who could forget Hugh Grant's arrest over a one-night stand with prostitute Divine Brown?

Contrary to public belief, she and Grant remained a couple and together founded the production company Simian Films. Its first production was the film Extreme Measures, a 1996 thriller starring Hugh Grant, Gene Hackman, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

If anyone still hadn't heard of Elizabeth Hurley at this point, 1997's Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery—the little movie that became a smash hit—certainly gave her the recognition she deserved. With her comedic turn as Agent Vanessa Kensington alongside Austin Powers, played by Mike Myers, Elizabeth now saw movie scripts rolling in.

More film roles followed, including parts in 1998's Permanent Midnight and 1999's My Favorite Martian, EDtv, and Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me. That same year, Hurley worked as a producer on Mickey Blue Eyes, which starred Hugh Grant and marked the second film for Simian Films.

She has continued to appear in smaller productions over the past few years, including the 2000s The Weight of Water and Bedazzled, 2002's Bad Boy with Denis Leary, and Serving Sara, a comedy starring Matthew Perry. In 2004, Elizabeth can be seen in Method, where she plays a serial killer.

After a 13-year relationship, Elizabeth and Hugh Grant split in 2000, sparking rumors that the split was due to a disagreement over having children together. Liz began a romance with millionaire film producer Stephen Bing in 2001 and gave birth to a son, Damian Charles, on April 4, 2002.

Bing denied that he was the child's biological father, claiming that he and Liz had a non-exclusive relationship. DNA testing has proven that Bing is the child's father, although he and Liz are no longer involved.

Hurley is now dating Indian textile tycoon Arun Nayar, and although they are engaged, the rumors are yet to be confirmed.

last updated September 2022

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