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Hugh Dancy (born 19 June 1975) is an English actor.

Early life

Dancy was born in Stoke-on-Trentmarker, the son of eminent British philosopher Jonathan Dancy, a professor at the University of Reading and the University of Texas at Austinmarker. His mother, Sarah, is a publisher. He has a brother, Jack, and a sister, Kate. Dancy was educated at the Dragon Schoolmarker in Oxfordmarker, Winchester Collegemarker, and St Peter's College, Oxfordmarker. At the age of 18, he acted in the Winchester College Players production of Twelfth Night which was performed in both Winchestermarker and at the Minack Theatremarker in Cornwallmarker.

In 2007, Dancy had a starring role on Broadwaymarker as Captain Dennis Stanhope in Journey's End (Belasco Theatremarker). He also played Aiden in the 2007 film "Blood and Chocolate". He portrayed the character of Adam in the 2009 indie, Adam, a man with Asperger's Syndrome. Dancy also appeared in the film adaptation of the novel Savage Grace by Natalie Robins and Steven M. L. Aronson.

In Winter 2010, Hugh Dancy will be appearing in MCC Theater's The Pride. This off-broadway production will be directed by Joe Mantello and co-star Ben Whishaw and Andrea Riseborough.

Personal life

Dancy met Claire Danes on the set of Evening and they began dating after filming concluded. In February 2009, they announced their engagement. It has been reported that the couple were secretly married in France in early September 2009. His previous long-term girlfriend was UK artist Annie Morris.


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Black Hawk Down Sfc. Kurt Schmid
Young Blades D'Artagnan
2003 Tempo Jack
The Sleeping Dictionary John Truscott
2004 King Arthur Galahad
Ella Enchanted Prince Charmont
2005 Shooting Dogs Joe Connor
2006 Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction Adam Towers
2007 The Jane Austen Book Club Grigg Harris
Evening Buddy Wittenborn
Savage Grace Sam Green
Blood and Chocolate Aiden
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Luke Brandon
Adam Adam
Coach post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2000 David Copperfield David Copperfield
Madame Bovary Leon
2002 Daniel Deronda Daniel Deronda
2006 Elizabeth I Earl of Essex Emmy Award nomination


  2. The pair were married in the fall of 2009 in France.[1]

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