This acclaimed British comedy centers on the intermittent romance between a charming (if slightly bumbling) Englishman and a beautiful American woman, who seem to always run into each other at weddings. Read More
Grant was just another boyish Brit, albeit one with a charming stammer and floppy hair, when "Four Weddings' catapulted him to international stardom. "Notting Hill" and "Love Actually” also written by Curtis, followed. He also starred in "Sense and Sensibility," "About a Boy," and "Bridget Jones's Diary." Lately, he's been in the news more because of the British phone hacking scandal than films like "Cloud Atlas." He'll next be seen in "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."
MacDowell, who plays Charles's American crush, Carrie, had been the object of Bill Murray's affection in "Groundhog Day" the year before and the indie hit "sex, lies and videotape" back in 1989. Since then, her films have included "Michael," "The Muse," and the 2011 remake of "Footloose." She's currently working on the film "Mothers Day" with Sharon Stone and Christina Ricci.
Fleet played Tom, the dog-loving brother of Fiona. He also starred in the BBC series "The Vicar of Dibley (created by Curtis) and recently played the father of werewolf George on BBC's "Being Human." His films include "Sense & Sensibility," "Charlotte Gray" and "The Phantom of the Opera."He'll next be seen in the Starz drama "Outlander."
Callow, one of the first openly gay actors in England, played boisterous Gareth, whose sudden death leads to the funeral of the title. He's been a hearty presence in British films since 1984, when he made his film debut in "Amadeus." He played a skinny-dipping reverend in "A Room With a View" and a lusty courier in "Shakespeare in Love." The actor, who also writes and directs, will next be seen in "Outlander," on Starz.
"Four Weddings," in which Hannah played Gareth's softer-spoken partner, Matthew, was the Scottish actor's second film: It led to roles in "Sliding Doors" (opposite Gwyneth Paltrow) and "The Mummy" series. Recently, he co-starred in "The Words," led the British series "Cold Blood" and guested on "Damages" and "Elementary."
Coleman played flame-haired Scarlett, Charles's flatmate. The actress tragically died in 2001 of an acute asthma attack. She was only 33. A scholarship in her name was introduced in 2003 at the New London Performing Arts Centre. Her other films include "The Young Poisoner's Handbook," "Different for Girls," and "Beautiful People." Her TV appearances include "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit" and "Inspector Morse."
Since playing Henrietta (aka "Duckface), Charles's weepy ex that he leaves at the altar, Chancellor has kept busy with roles on the BBC series "MI:6," "Tipping the Velvet," "The Hour," and "Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond," as well as films "What a Girl Wants" and "The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy."
Bower, who is deaf in real life, played Charles's deaf brother, David, who stops Charles's wedding to Henrietta. After studying at the Theater for the Deaf, he joined the Signdance Collective as a sign dancer and choreographer. His other roles include "Hetty Wainthrop Investigates," "Casualty" and "Doctors" and the 2011 student film "Little Voices."
Before he was the bumbling priest in "Four Weddings," Atkinson was Blackadder and Mr. Bean. He also appeared in Curtis's "Love Actually” and voiced Zazu in "The Lion King." He went on to star in "Rat Race," "Scooby-Doo," and "Johnny English." As a close friend of Prince Charles, he also attended the 2011 Royal Wedding.
Haig played Bernard, the second groom who's unfortunate enough to be married by Rowan Atkinson. He and Atkinson co-starred in the Britcom "The Thin Blue Line" from 1995-96. He starred opposite Hugh Grant again in "Two Weeks." Most recently, he starred in the British series "The Wright Way."
The younger sister of Emma Thompson portrayed Lydia, the second bride who can't wait until the guests are gone to consummate her marriage. Her many roles include "Gosford Park," "Eat Pray Love," and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." Her recent TV work includes "EastEnders" and "Lightfields."
Redgrave (brother of Vanessa), played Sir Hamish Banks, Carrie's short-term, much older husband. Redgrave was an acclaimed Shakespearean stage actor whose films include "A Man For All Seasons," "Excalibur," and "In the Name of the Father." He died in 2010 at age 70 of prostate cancer, surviving niece Natasha Richardson by just one year.
Curtis co-created the hilarious British series "Blackadder" and "Mr. Bean" before launching into movies. "Four Weddings," for which he wrote the screenplay, was his breakthrough hit. He followed it up with "Notting Hill," (also starring Grant) and "Love Actually," which he also directed. Last year, he wrote and directed the time travel rom com "About Time." His latest project "Trash," based on the book by Andy Mulligan.
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