Rupert Everett

Actor, Screenwriter, Singer
A tall, slender British actor with dark matinee idol looks, Rupert Everett was one of the few movie stars in Hollywood to maintain a long and successful mainstream acting career while being openly gay. A former model ... Read more »
Born: 05/28/1959 in Norfolk, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (65)

A Royal Night Out 2015 (Movie)

George VI (Actor)

...and Quiet Flows the Don 2014 (Movie)

Grigory (Actor)

The Happy Prince 2014 (Movie)

Oscar Wilde (Actor)

Justin and the Knights of Valour 2013 (Movie)

Sota (Voice)

Parade's End 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Hysteria 2012 (Movie)

Edmund St. John Smythe (Actor)

The Royal Wedding: Encore and More 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The British Academy Film Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Target 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

St. Trinian's 2009 (Movie)

Miss Fritton/Carnaby Fritton (Actor)

St. Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold 2009 (Movie)

Miss Fritton (Actor)

Shrek the Third 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Prince Charming (Actor)

Stardust 2007 (Movie)

Secundus (Actor)

Boston Legal 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Separate Lies 2005 (Movie)

William Bule (Actor)

A Different Loyalty 2004 (Movie)

Kim Philby (Actor)

Dangerous Liaisons 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Shrek 2 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Prince Charming (Actor)

Stage Beauty 2004 (Movie)

King Charles II (Actor)

World Music Awards 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

The 2002 MTV Europe Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

To Kill a King 2003 (Movie)

Charles I (Actor)

Unconditional Love (New Line) 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Importance of Being Earnest 2002 (Movie)

Algernon Moncrieff, 'Algy' (Actor)

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2001 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wild Thornberrys Movie 2002 (Movie)

Voice of Sloan Blackburn (Actor)

European Film Awards 2000 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

South Kensington 2001 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

Paragraph 175 2000 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Next Best Thing 2000 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

An Ideal Husband 1999 (Movie)

Lord Goring (Actor)

B. Monkey 1999 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Inspector Gadget 1999 (Movie)

Sanford Scolex (Actor)

The 1998 MTV Video Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Barbara Walters Presents 6 to Watch 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Madonna Rising 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Shakespeare in Love 1998 (Movie)

Christopher Marlowe (Actor)

The 1998 MTV Movie Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

My Best Friend's Wedding 1997 (Movie)

George Downes (Actor)

Cemetery Man 1996 (Movie)

Francesco Dellamorte (Actor)

Dunston Checks In 1996 (Movie)

Rutledge (Actor)

Prêt-à-Porter 1994 (Movie)

Jack Lowenthal--Simone's Son & Business Manager (Actor)

Remembrance of Things Fast 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Madness of King George 1994 (Movie)

The Prince of Wales (Actor)

Inside Monkey Zetterland 1993 (Movie)

Sasha (Actor)

The Comfort of Strangers 1991 (Movie)

Colin (Actor)

Hearts of Fire 1990 (Movie)

James Colt (Actor)

Tolerance 1989 (Movie)

Assuerus--the Hermit (Actor)

Chronicle of a Death Foretold 1988 (Movie)

Bayardo San Roman (Actor)

The Gold Rimmed Glasses 1987 (Movie)

David Lattes (Actor)

The Right Hand Man 1987 (Movie)

Harry Ironminster (Actor)

Duet For One 1986 (Movie)

Constantine Kassanis (Actor)

Dance With a Stranger 1985 (Movie)

David Blakeley (Actor)

Another Country 1984 (Movie)

Guy Bennett (Actor)

Real Life 1982 (Movie)

Tim (Actor)

Arthur the King (TV Show)

Actor

Princess Daisy (TV Show)

Actor

The Far Pavilions (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

St. Trinian's 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

St. Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Different Loyalty 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Music (1)

The Importance of Being Earnest 2002 (Movie)

("Lady, Come Down") (Song Performer)
Writer (1)

The Happy Prince 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

The Happy Prince 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A tall, slender British actor with dark matinee idol looks, Rupert Everett was one of the few movie stars in Hollywood to maintain a long and successful mainstream acting career while being openly gay. A former model for Yves St. Laurent, Everett first made his mark on stage in 1982 by playing a character loosely based on the notorious spy, Guy Burgess, in Julian Mitchell's play, "Another Country." Though well received, Everett's performance failed unfortunately to translate into the overnight celebrity he had hoped for. The actor would finally get his belated due, however, thanks to his scene-stealing supporting turn as Julia Robert's charming gay pal in "My Best Friend's Wedding" (1997). In addition to effectively serving as an introduction to mainstream audiences, the role also established Everett as an adept comic presence to be reckoned with. In subsequent years, Everett would play both gay and straight roles with equally convincing aplomb. In 2004, Everett scored big once again as the honeyed voice of Prince Charming in the CGI-animated hit comedy "Shrek 2" and its sequel "Shrek the Third" (2007).

Relationships

Béatrice Dalle Actor

Companion
Dated c. 1985 Everett wrote about affair in his 2007 memoir Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins

Anthony Everett

Father
Former British army officer

Sara Everett

Mother
Scottish

Simon Everett

Brother
Born 1956

Ian McKellen Actor

Companion
Everett claimed he slept with McKellen in his 2007 memoir Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins

EDUCATION

Ampleforth College

North Yorkshire
Boarding school run by Benedictine monks; dropped out at age 15 in 1974

Farleigh School

Hampshire
Attended the English boarding school from age seven

Central School of Speech and Drama

London , England 1974 - 1976
Expelled for insubordination in his second year of attendance

Milestones

2012

Played supporting role opposite Hugh Dancy and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the period comedy "Hysteria"

2009

Made Broadway debut in the revival of Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit"

2007

Reprised voice role of Prince Charming in "Shrek the Third"

2005

Cast opposite Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson in Julian Fellowes' directorial debut "Separate Lies"

2005

Voiced the Fox in the adaptation of C.S. Lewis' fantasy classic "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"

2004

Cast as King Charles II in Richard Eyre's adaptation of Jeffrey Hatcher's play "Stage Beauty"

2004

Lent his voice to Prince Charming in the animated feature "Shrek 2"

2002

Re-teamed with director Oliver Parker for the remake of "The Importance of Being Earnest"

2002

Cast as the lover of a murdered pop star in P. J. Hogan's "Who Shot Victor Fox?"

2000

Cast as Madonna's gay best friend in "The Next Best Thing"; also sang backup on her cover of "American Pie," which appears on the film's soundtrack

1999

Played Lord Goring in the Oliver Parker-directed film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband"

1999

Played the villainous Dr. Claw in the live-action film "Inspector Gadget" opposite Matthew Broderick in the title role

1999

Portrayed Oberon, the king of the fairies in Michael Hoffman's adapation of "William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream"

1998

Made cameo appearance as playwright Christopher Marlowe in the Oscar-winning "Shakespeare in Love"

1997

Won critical praise for his turn as Julia Roberts' gay editor in "My Best Friend's Wedding"

1996

Appeared in print advertisements for Opium for Men cologne

1996

Acted in a Paris production of "The Importance of Being Earnest"

1995

Played the female lead (in drag) in Tennessee Williams' stage play "The Milk Train Doesn'r Stop Here Anymore"

1994

Reignited film career with comic turns in Robert Altman's "Ready-to-Wear (Pret-a-Porter)" and Nicholas Hytner's "The Madness of King George"

1994

Filmed the leading role in Michele Soavi's "Cemetery Man"

1991

Made American stage acting debut in a Los Angeles production of Noel Coward's "The Vortex"

1991

Published first novel Hello Darling, Are You Working?

1990

With Natasha Richardson, played a British couple who fall in with an expatriate pair in Venice in "The Comfort of Strangers"

1987

Starred in film adaptation of "Chronicle of a Death Foretold"

1987

Cast as singer James Colt in "Hearts of Fire"; sang several songs on the film's soundtrack

1986

Cast by Orson Welles to portray Welles as a young man in a film about the staging of "The Cradle Will Rock"; project abandoned when Welles died in 1986

1986

Worked with his idol Julie Andrews in "Duet for One"

1985

Played romantic role of Miranda Richardson's lover in "Dance With a Stranger"

1985

Appeared as Lancelot in the CBS movie "Arthur the King" (filmed in 1982)

1984

Reprised stage role in the film version of "Another Country"

1983

Major TV debut, "Princess Daisy" (NBC)

1983

Feature acting debut, played the lead in "Real Life"

1982

Made film debut in the short "A Shocking Accident"

1982

Breakthrough stage role, playing the lead as Guy Bennett in "Another Country"

1978

Made stage debut at Glasgow's Citizens Theatre with a walk-on role in "Don Juan"

1976

Asked to leave Central School of Speech and Drama in his second year due to insubordination

Attended boarding schools; dropped out at age 15 to pursue theater studies

Moved to Milan and briefly worked as a model

While a struggling actor in the early 1980s, worked as a male prostitute

Raised in England

Bonus Trivia

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"It's a function of age, mostly. I don't have enough energy to be out all night. If you want to work you need to maintain that energy." – Everett on his former "bad boy" image to Entertainment Weekly, Dec. 23, 1994

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Edward Margulies: "In that novel Hello Darling, Are You Working?, you seem to be saying there's no difference at all between actors and prostitutes."Rupert Everett: "You raise statues to one and put the other in prison, but what's the difference? The hustler is selling his body, the actor is selling his emotional memory. Neither job is ideal. The only bigger hustlers than actors are journalists, now they're whores! Of course, nothing wrong with that; I'm a journalist myself." – from Movieline, January/February 1996

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In an interview with Us magazine in 1997, Everett admitted to working as a male prostitute, or "rent boy," for drugs and money.

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"Acting is not my life. It's PART of my life." – Everett quoted in Vanity Fair, June 1997

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"When I was 15, I wanted to be a star. I would spend my whole time pretending I was being photographed by paparazzi and stuff or bowing at curtain calls. But the reality of both of those things I find very awkward. One of my least favorite things in acting when I'm in the theater is to take curtain calls. I find it really embarrassing. I find the attention incredibly nerve-racking as well. Nerve-racking when you get it, nerve-racking when you don't. It's a lose-lose situation either way. However, having said that, I like working. I like being successful, but I like being successful on the level I am." – Everett quoted in The Los Angeles Times, June 23, 1997

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"What's the point in lying? I want to have a long career in America and not find myself facing skeletons in the closet." – Everett to The San Francisco Examiner, July 1997

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"If I am typecast, then I am. I don't have any illusions about it. My feeling is that if I only get to play gay characters from now on, then that's really fine by me. Gay characters, contrary to popular opinion, are not all the same." – Everett to the New York Post, July 7, 1997

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"When you say, 'I love you,' if you say it to 15 people in the course of a year, it doesn't mean anything. If you say it to one person in the whole of your life, it means a lot. I think actors do the big ones for the camera. Once you've done that, it sucks your soul out." – Everett in BUZZ magazine, February 1998

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"The only thing that changes people's feelings is success. Achieve success and people treat you well, anywhere, regardless. If you're a failure people ignore you completely, whatever your sexuality. That's been my experience in Hollywood. For years, I was regaled with just supernatural disinterest, and now people are interested in me. I can't fit the gay thing into this because I'm just getting used to the change, really." – Everett quoted in Paper magazine, March 1998

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"I don't think any one's particularly shocked by anything any more. Are they? We are all such old sluts now. And people never know what they think themselves. They only think what they're told to think. I once saw some magazine say that Hugh Grant was a Rupert Everett who could act and then, on a separate occasion, that I was a Hugh Grant who could act. One minute you're very bad and the next you're very good. Actually nothing much has changed in you. But public perception is more important that private talent." – Everett to London's Evening Standard, April 1999

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