Hugh Dancy

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Hugh Dancy
Hugh Dancy at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival, September 2011 (02).jpg
Born Hugh Michael Horace Dancy
(1975-06-19) 19 June 1975 (age 39)
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, UK
Alma mater Winchester College
St Peter's College, Oxford
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Claire Danes (m. 2009)
Children 1

Hugh Michael Horace Dancy[1] (born 19 June 1975)[1] is an English actor and model. He is best known for his role as Will Graham in the television series Hannibal.

Early life[edit]

Dancy was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire,[2] and raised in Newcastle-under-Lyme.[3] His mother, Sarah Ann (née Birley),[1] works in academic publishing.[3] His father is philosophy professor Jonathan Dancy, who teaches at the University of Reading and at the University of Texas at Austin.[1][4]

Hugh is the oldest of three children, followed by brother Jack Dancy (born 25 May 1977), who is co-director of the travel company Trufflepig Travel,[1][5] and sister Katharine Sarah Redman (born 5 March 1980). From the age of 5 to the age of 10, Dancy was educated at Edenhurst Preparatory School[6] in Newcastle-under-Lyme. At age 10, Dancy attended boarding school at the Dragon School in Oxford, then at 13[2] at Winchester College.[3] At age 18, he acted in the Winchester College Players production of Twelfth Night which was performed in both Winchester and at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall. He went on to study English under poet and playwright Francis Warner at St Peter's College, Oxford.[2]

Career[edit]

After graduation, Dancy moved to London, where a chance conversation in a cafe led to his meeting casting director Ros Hubbard and agent Dallas Smith, who signed him.[2] In 1999, Dancy played the role of Danny, who had a fleeting romance with Rachel, one of the show's main characters, in the second series of Cold Feet. In 2007, Dancy had a starring role on Broadway as Captain Dennis Stanhope in Journey's End (Belasco Theatre). He played "Aiden" in the 2007 film Blood and Chocolate. He portrayed the title character, a man with Asperger syndrome, in the 2009 independent film, Adam. Dancy appeared in Savage Grace, a film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Natalie Robins and Steven M.L. Aronson.

Dancy appeared in MCC Theater's The Pride, written by Alexi Kaye Campbell, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City. The off-Broadway production was directed by Joe Mantello and co-starred Ben Whishaw and Andrea Riseborough. In 2009, he appeared in Confessions of a Shopaholic. From 2010 until 2011, he starred in Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway production of Venus in Fur. His performance was praised by The New York Times theatre critic Charles Isherwood.[7] In March 2012, NBC announced that Dancy had been cast as Will Graham in Hannibal, the television adaptation based on the main character of Thomas Harris' 1981 novel, Red Dragon.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Dancy met American actress Claire Danes on the set of Evening in Newport, Rhode Island, and they began dating.[9] In February 2009, they announced their engagement.[9] The couple married in France in 2009, privately. They have one child.[10][11]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 David Copperfield David Copperfield Television film
2000 Madame Bovary Leon Television film
2001 Black Hawk Down Sfc. Kurt Schmid
2001 Young Blades D'Artagnan
2003 Tempo Jack
2003 The Sleeping Dictionary John Truscott
2004 King Arthur Galahad
2004 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
2007 Evening Buddy Wittenborn
2007 Savage Grace Sam Green
2007 Blood & Chocolate Aiden
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Luke Brandon
2009 Adam Adam Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture
2010 Coach Nick
2010 The Wildest Dream Andrew Irvine Voice
2011 Our Idiot Brother Christian
2011 Martha Marcy May Marlene Ted Nominated — Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2011 Hysteria Dr. Mortimer Granville
2013 Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Marshal Mallow Voice

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Trial & Retribution Robert Belini 2 episodes
1998 The New Adventures of Robin Hood Kyle Episode: "Orphans"
1998–1999 Dangerfield Charlie Paige 2 episodes
1999 Cold Feet Danny 2 episodes
1999 Kavanagh QC Michael Woodley Episode: "The More Loving One"
2000 Relic Hunter Michael Previn Episode: "The Last Night"
2002 Daniel Deronda Daniel Deronda 3 episodes
2006 Elizabeth I Earl of Essex 2 episodes
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
2011 The Big C Lee 8 episodes
2013–present Hannibal Will Graham 26 episodes
Nominated — IGN Award for Best TV Actor (2014)
Nominated — Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series (2014)
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Rev. James Richard Anderson profile at". The Hon. Peter I. Pellew official website. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "How Hugh Dancy became a Hollywood hero". The Independent (London, UK). 20 September 2007. Archived from the original on 11 May 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Hugh Dancy: 'I don't need to be stinking rich'". The Telegraph (UK). 10 September 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jonathan Dancy C.V.". Archived from the original on 6 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Trufflepig Travel Inc.". Trufflepig.com. Retrieved 10 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Edenhurst Preparatory School". 
  7. ^ Isherwood, Charles (8 November 2011). "‘Venus in Fur', by David Ives, With Nina Arianda". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ Morgan, Jeffrey. "Hannibal Lecter TV series casts Hugh Dancy as Will Graham", digitalspy.com; accessed 23 March 2012.
  9. ^ a b Zuckerman, Blaine (6 February 2009). "Claire Danes & Hugh Dancy Are Engaged!". People. Retrieved 10 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy Wed". People. 28 September 2009. ...tied the knot in a quiet ceremony in France a few weeks ago... 
  11. ^ Craig Ferguson 6/11/13E Late Late Show Hugh Dancy XD. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 

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