Richard E. Grant

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Richard E. Grant (stage name of Richard Grant Esterhuysen) (1957- ) [1] is a stage and film actor.

His autobiography, *****, appeared in 19**.

GRANT, RICHARD E Esterhuysen) (19**) Swaiziland)


Born in Swaziland.



Trained at the University of Cape Town Drama Department under Rosalie van der Gucht, Robert Mohr and Mavis Taylor.


In 1982 he left South Africa to work in the United Kingdom, where he gradually established himself as a prominent actor. In 1987 he and friends conceived and made the cult film Withnail and I, which established him as a major film talent. By the mid 1990s he had become a major Hollywood star, his films including Twelfth Night (199*), **, **, L.A Story (1991), Hudson Hawk (199*), Monsieur M..

After 1994 he gradually became involved in film productions on South African themes, including **, Story of an African Farm, **

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

As a student he and a few friends (**, ** and **) founded the influential Troupe Theatre Company in 19**, for which he performed and directed a number of plays, including **. Also worked at The Space Theatre, co-directing Gerould’s Candaules Commissioner and G.M. Green’s Dolls in 197* (with Michael O’Brien), **.

Together with Michael O’Brien he directed the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Kafka’s Metamorphosis starring Steven Berkoff, Henry Goodman, Fiona Ramsay and Ian Roberts at the Market Theatre in 1980. He directed Chinchilla at the People's Space in 1980.

People's Space Theatre (1976 to 1981) where he directed Guinea Fowl.

Awards, etc

Winner of the Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for Most Promising Student in 1979.


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