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Rupert James Hector Everett (born 29 May 1959) is an English actor and singer. He first came to public attention in 1981, when he was cast in Julian Mitchell's play and subsequent film Another Country as an openly homosexual student at an English public school, set in the 1930s. Since then he has subsequently appeared in many other films including My Best Friend's Wedding, An Ideal Husband, The Next Best Thing and the Shrek sequels. He currently lives in London.

Early life

Everett was born in Norfolk, Englandmarker to Sara (née MacLean, 19 September 1934 - ) and Major Anthony Michael Everett, who worked in business and served in the British Army. Through his maternal grandparents, Opre Vyvyan and Vice Admiral Sir Hector Charles Donald MacLean, he is a descendant of the baronets Vyvyan of Trelowarren and the German Freiherren (barons) von Schmiedern, as well as a great-nephew of Donald Duart Maclean, the Sovietmarker double agent, and a great-grandson of the Liberal politician Sir Donald Maclean, who was leader of the parliamentary opposition in the years following the First World War. He has an older brother, Simon Anthony Cunningham Everett (b. 1956).

From the age of seven, Everett was educated at Farleigh Schoolmarker, Hampshire, and later was educated by Benedictine monks at Ampleforth Collegemarker, Yorkshiremarker, but he left school at 15 and ran away to London to become an actor. In order to support himself, he worked as a male prostitute, or 'rent boy', for drugs and money as he later admitted to US magazine in 1997. After being dismissed from the Central School of Speech and Drama for insubordination, he travelled to Scotlandmarker and got a job at the Citizens' Theatremarker in Glasgowmarker.



Everett's break came in 1981 at the Greenwich Theatremarker and later West Endmarker production of Another Country, playing a gay schoolboy opposite Kenneth Branagh, followed by a film version in 1984 with Colin Firth. Following on with 1985's Dance With A Stranger, Everett began to develop a promising film career until he co-starred with Bob Dylan in the huge flop Hearts of Fire (1987). Around the same time, Everett recorded and released an album of pop songs entitled Generation Of Loneliness. Despite being managed by the largely successful pop svengali Simon Napier-Bell (who also managed Marc Bolan, launched and managed Japan, and steered Wham! to international fame), the public didn't take to his change in direction. The shift was short-lived, and he would only return to pop indirectly by providing backing vocals for his friend Madonna many years later, on her cover of "American Pie" and on the track "They Can't Take That Away from Me" on Robbie Williams' Swing When You're Winning in 2001.


In 1989, Everett moved to Parismarker, writing a novel, Hello, Darling, Are You Working? and coming out as gay, a move which some at the time perceived as damaging to his career. Returning to the public eye in The Comfort of Strangers (1990), several films of variable success followed. The Italian comics character Dylan Dog, created by Tiziano Sclavi, is graphically inspired by him. The English actor, in turn, later appeared in an adaptation of a novel based on Sclavi's novel, Dellamorte Dellamore. In 1995 he released a second novel, The Hairdressers of St. Tropez.

His career was revitalised by his award-winning performance in My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), playing Julia Roberts's gay friend. In 1999, he played Madonna's gay best friend in The Next Best Thing (he also sang backup on her cover of "American Pie", which is on the film's soundtrack). He has since appeared in a number of high-profile film roles, often playing heterosexual leads.


In recent years, Everett has decided to write again. He has been a Vanity Fair contributing editor and wrote a film screenplay on playwright Oscar Wilde's final years, for which he seeks funding. In 2006, he published a memoir, Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins. In it he revealed he had a six-year affair with British television presenter Paula Yates. "I am mystified by my heterosexual affairs — but then I am mystified by most of my relationships," he wrote. Although he is sometimes described as bisexual as opposed to homosexual, at a radio show with Jonathan Ross, he described his heterosexual affairs as resulting from adventurousness: "I was basically adventurous, I think I wanted to try everything" and in an interview on This Morning he simply described himself as homosexual, making a joke of any suggestion he might find a woman attractive.

Since then, Everett has participated in public activities (leading the 2007 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Grasmarker), played a double role in the film St. Trinian's, and has appeared on TV several times (as a contestant in the special Comic Relief Does The Apprentice, as a presenter at Live Earth and as guest host at Channel 4 show The Friday Night Project among others), but has made much news for making shocking comments and remarks at interviews that have caused public outrage.

In May 2007, he delivered one of the eulogies at the funeral of fashionista Isabella Blow, his friend since they were in their teens.

Recent and upcoming projects

Everett presented the Channel 4 documentary on Romantic poet Lord Byron's travels, broadcast in July 2009 and has a part in the upcoming 2009 comedy film Wild Target, starring Bill Nighy. He recently made his Broadway debut at the Shubert Theatre to good critical review, performing in a Noël Coward play, Blithe Spirit, starring alongside Angela Lansbury, Christine Ebersole and Jayne Atkinson, directed by Michael Blakemore. He was also expected to tour several Italian cities, during the 2008-2009 winter season in another Noël Coward play, Private Lives (performed in Italian, which he speaks fluently), playing Elyot to Italianmarker actress Asia Argento's Amanda. However, the production has been postponed until the 2009–2010 season and the announcement did not clarify if Everett will still be part of the cast.



Year Film Role Notes
1982 A Shocking Accident Jerome and Mr. Weathersby Short film
1983 Princess Daisy Ram Valenski TV mini-series
1984 Another Country Guy Bennett based on the young Guy Burgess

Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer
1985 Dance with a Stranger David Blakeley
1987 Hearts of Fire James Colt
1987 Chronicle of a Death Foretold Bayardo San Román
1990 The Comfort of Strangers Colin
1992 And Quiet Flows the Don Grigory aka Tikhiy Don
1994 Prêt-à-Porter Jack Lowenthal
The Madness of King George Prince of Wales
Dellamorte Dellamore Francesco Dellamorte aka Cemetery Man
1996 Dunston Checks In Lord Routledge
1997 My Best Friend's Wedding George Downes American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor

Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture

Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture

Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Nominated - MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance

Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance

Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
1998 Shakespeare in Love Christopher Marlowe
1998 B. Monkey Paul Neville
1999 An Ideal Husband Lord Goring Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Nominated — European Film Award for Best Actor

Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Inspector Gadget Sanford Scolex/Dr. Claw
A Midsummer Night's Dream Oberon
2000 The Next Best Thing Robert Whittaker
2001 South Kensington Nick
2002 The Importance of Being Earnest Algernon / "Ernest"
2002 The Wild Thornberrys Movie Sloan Blackburn voice role
2003 Unconditional Love Dirk S.
2004 Stage Beauty King Charles II
Shrek 2 Prince Charming voice role
A Different Loyalty Leo Cauffield
2005 Separate Lies Bill Bule
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Fox voice role
2007 Stardust Secundus
Shrek the Third Prince Charming voice role
St. Trinian´s Headmistress Camilla Fritton/Carnaby Fritton
2009 Wild Target Ferguson
2009 St. Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold Headmistress Camilla Fritton

Television (selection)


  1. Rupert Everett ain't got no body - Telegraph
  2. Everett needs funds for Wilde movie
  3. Rupert unleashed and unloved | Telegraph
  4. "Ross apologises for swearing star." BBC News.
  5. Rupert's X-rated TV gaffe
  6. Rupert Everett talks about fingering|BBC Breakfast
  7. Actor Everett shuns 'blobby, whiny' USA - Herald
  8. Rupert Everett apologises for calling soldiers 'wimps'
  9. Everett plays Byron in documentary - Times Series Newspapers
  10. Lord Byron by Rupert Everett - Turkish Daily News.
  11. Teodorczuk, Tom. "High spirits as Rupert Everett becomes the ghostly toast of Broadway." Evening Standard. 16 March 2009.
  12. "Applause for Lansbury in 'Blithe Spirit' on Broadway." 16 March 2009.
  13. Annullato lo spettacolo "Vite private" - La Riccitelli News
  14. Victorian Passions Season - Channel 4 (UK)

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