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Name: Rupert Everett
DOB: 29 May 1959
Birth Place: Norfolk, United Kingdom
Claim to fame: English actor
- Rupert had a six-year affair with Paula Yates
- He is a striking 6’ 4” tall
- Rupert was expelled from drama school for insubordination
- He speaks four languages, and is a classically trained pianist
Louche and deliciously bitchy actor Rupert was born into a rather posh and rather strict military family in Norfolk. Packed off to a Catholic boarding school, Rupert knew he was different, admitting that while other boys liked dressing up as soldiers, he was more interested in dressing up like Julie Andrews.
Rupert left school at 16 to study acting in London. Thrown out of the Central School of Speech and Drama, he supported himself working as a rent boy. Following a job at the Citizen’s Theatre in Glasgow, Rupert landed his big break in 1981, appearing as a gay schoolboy opposite Kenneth Branagh in the play Another Country, followed by the 1984 film version alongside Colin Firth.
He went on to make it big in Hollywood with roles in Shakespeare in Love, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and My Best Friend’s Wedding, becoming best buddies with Madonna for a while after starring with her in The Next Best Thing in 2000. He spilled the beans about their friendship in his daringly frank memoir Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins in 2006.
Rupert’s candid nature didn’t sit well with Hollywood, and he’s since worked mainly in West End theatre with roles in Noel Coward’s Blythe Spirit and Pygmalion in May 2011. Rupert’s no stranger to TV either, appearing on chat shows like The Friday Night Project and presenting a documentary about another famously louche character, Lord Byron, for Channel 4 in 2011.