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Rupert Everett

Rupert EverettBorn: 29-May-1959
Birthplace: Norfolk, England

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Gay [1]
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: England
Executive summary: My Best Friend's Wedding

At 17, Rupert Everett joined the campy, avant-garde Citizens' Theatre in Glasgow. He later did some modeling work, including an ad campaign for Yves St Laurent's Opium aftershave. He worked as a prostitute for two years. In the 1980s he tried music, but his debut record Generation of Loneliness didn't make him a rock star. He had small roles in film and television prior to Another Country in 1984, but for many years the success of that film was the high point of Everett's résumé. As a struggling actor in Hollywood, Everett once shared an apartment with the equally unknown Eric Stoltz and James Spader. His 1997 turn as Julia Roberts' charming gay pal in My Best Friend's Wedding introduced Everett to a wide audience.

He is the author of two novels, Hello Darling, Are You Working? and The Hairdressers of St. Tropez. He has also written a screenplay called Martha and Arthur, about a closeted Hollywood star who marries another star to hide the truth. Touchstone Pictures has purchased the script, but unsurprisingly, it has languished in pre-production for several years.

Everett is openly gay, having come out in 1989, and he has said that it has hurt his career. "I just never got a job there [in Hollywood], and I never got a job here, after [coming out]," he said in 2010. "I did a couple of films, I was very lucky at the beginning of my career ... and then, I never had another job here for ten years probably and I moved to Europe."

[1] Stephen M. Engel, The Unfinished Revolution: Social Movement Theory and the Gay and Lesbian Movement (2001), page 94. Also, Sean Kennedy, "Sad, But True, Hollywood Story",, 1 February 2007, reviewing his memoir: "Indeed, in all of its 406 pages, the book doesn't even mention the fact that the author came out (in a press interview) in 1989 -- presumably the single most important moment in his professional life. Nor does it dwell, for that matter, on his actual relationships with men, at one point summing up years of romantic experience with the throwaway line, "I had affairs with a volleyball player, an actor, and a hooker."

Father: Anthony Everett (businessman)
Mother: Sarah Everett

    University: Central School of Speech and Drama, London, England (expelled)

    Expelled from School

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    Justin and the Knights of Valor (12-Sep-2013) [VOICE]
    Parade's End (24-Aug-2012)
    Hysteria (15-Sep-2011) · Edmund St. John-Smythe
    Wild Target (8-Apr-2010) · Ferguson
    St. Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold (18-Dec-2009)
    St. Trinian's (10-Dec-2007)
    Stardust (9-Aug-2007) · Secundus
    Shrek the Third (17-May-2007) [VOICE]
    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (8-Dec-2005) [VOICE]
    Separate Lies (16-Sep-2005) · Bill Bule
    Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (26-Dec-2004)
    A Different Loyalty (16-May-2004) · Leo Cauffield
    People (15-May-2004)
    Shrek 2 (15-May-2004) · Prince Charming [VOICE]
    Stage Beauty (8-May-2004)
    Dangerous Liaisons (23-Aug-2003)
    To Kill a King (15-May-2003)
    The Wild Thornberrys Movie (8-Sep-2002) [VOICE]
    Unconditional Love (23-Aug-2002)
    The Importance of Being Earnest (17-May-2002) · Algy
    South Kensington (17-Dec-2001)
    The Next Best Thing (3-Mar-2000)
    Paragraph 175 (22-Jan-2000) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Inspector Gadget (18-Jul-1999)
    A Midsummer Night's Dream (26-Apr-1999)
    An Ideal Husband (16-Apr-1999)
    B. Monkey (7-Nov-1998) · Paul
    My Best Friend's Wedding (20-Jun-1997) · George Downes
    Dunston Checks In (12-Jan-1996) · Rutledge
    The Madness of King George (28-Dec-1994)
    Prêt-à-Porter (25-Dec-1994) · Jack Lowenthal
    Dellamorte Dellamore (9-Sep-1994)
    Inside Monkey Zetterland (12-Sep-1992)
    The Comfort of Strangers (1-Sep-1990)
    The Right Hand Man (2-Oct-1987)
    Chronicle of a Death Foretold (8-May-1987)
    Hearts of Fire (1987)
    Duet for One (25-Dec-1986)
    Dance with a Stranger (1-Mar-1985)
    Another Country (May-1984) · Guy Bennett
    The Far Pavilions (3-Jan-1984)
    Real Life (1984)

Author of books:
Hello Darling, Are You Working? (1992, novel)
The Hairdressers of St. Tropez (1995, novel)
Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins: The Autobiography (2006, memoir)

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