Hurley at the 2015 Television Critics Association's Press Tour in January 2015
Elizabeth Jane Hurley|
10 June 1965
Basingstoke, Hampshire, England
|Other names||Liz Hurley|
|Spouse(s)||Arun Nayar (m. 2007; div. 2011)|
Hugh Grant (1987–2000)|
Steve Bing (2001)
Shane Warne (2010–13)
Damian Hurley |
(father Steve Bing)
Elizabeth Jane "Liz" Hurley (born 10 June 1965) is an English actress and model. She has been associated with the cosmetics company Estée Lauder since the company gave Hurley her first modelling job at the age of 29. They have featured her as a representative and model for their products, especially perfumes such as Sensuous, Intuition, and Pleasures, since 1995. Hurley owns an eponymous beachwear line.
As an actress, her best-known film roles to date have been as Vanessa Kensington in Mike Myers' hit spy comedy, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) and as the Devil in Bedazzled (2000).
In the 1990s, Hurley became known as the girlfriend of Hugh Grant. In 1994, as Grant became the focus of international media attention due to the success of his film Four Weddings and a Funeral, Hurley accompanied him to the film's Los Angeles premiere in a plunging black Versace dress held together with gold safety pins, which gained her instant media attention.
Elizabeth Hurley was born on 10 June 1965 in Basingstoke, Hampshire, as the younger daughter of Angela Mary (née Titt) and Roy Leonard Hurley. Her father was a major in the Royal Army Educational Corps; her mother was a teacher at Kempshott Junior School. She has an older sister, Kathleen ('Kate'), and a younger brother, Michael James Hurley.
Aspiring to be a dancer as a young girl, she took ballet classes and later briefly studied dance and theatre at the London Studio Centre. Hurley attended Harriet Costello School in Basingstoke, and while in her teens she became involved with punk fashion, dyeing her hair pink and piercing her nose. "When I was 16 – this was about 1981, 1982 – the thing to be in Basingstoke, the suburb I grew up in, was punk," she explained. She also reportedly associated with New Age travellers in her youth.
In 1995, with no prior modelling experience, Hurley was introduced as an Estée Lauder spokesmodel. She later recounted, "I was far from an ingénue, having had my first modelling job at 29." Hurley has since featured in ads for Lauder's 'Pleasures', 'Beautiful', 'Dazzling', 'Tuscany per Donna', and 'Sensuous' fragrances as well as participated in campaigns for the company's other cosmetics. She was replaced as the face of Estée Lauder by Carolyn Murphy in 2001. However, she continues to work with the company non-exclusively, signing a contract for the 16th year with Lauder in 2010. In 2005, she modelled for Saloni, Liverpool Department Stores of Mexico, and Lancel. She was part of the seasonal advertising campaigns for Jordache, Shiatzy Chen, Got Milk?, Patrick Cox, MQ Clothiers of Sweden, and Lancel in 2006 and Monsoon in 2007. In 2008, Hurley was unveiled as the seasonal campaign face for Blackglama mink. Hurley has appeared three times on the cover of British Vogue. She is signed to TESS Management in London.
In April 2005, Elizabeth Hurley Beach, her beachwear line that she also models every summer, was launched at Harrods in the UK. It debuted later that year in select Saks Fifth Avenue stores in the United States and other European countries. She told Tatler magazine, "I was on Necker Island for a fashion shoot and even as [Richard Branson] was lying back in a hammock, he was on the phone, doing deals, managing his empire. But then I thought I am never going to have even a holiday home, let alone an island, unless I start a business that I can do without disrupting Damian's school days." In May 2008, Hurley designed and modelled a capsule collection of 12 swimsuits for the Spanish clothes brand MANGO.
Hurley made her first film appearance in Aria (1987). She has since appeared in the movies Passenger 57, EDtv, Bedazzled, and Serving Sara. In 1997, she received her first and only acting award, the ShoWest Supporting Actress of the Year, for her performance in the spy spoof Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. When Hugh Grant founded and became the director of Simian Films in 1994, Hurley was credited as one of the producers for the company's two Grant vehicles, Extreme Measures (1996) and Mickey Blue Eyes (1999). In 2000, she was publicly criticised for breaking a five-month acting strike to film an Estée Lauder advertisement, for which she was fined $100,000 (£70,000 in 2000) by the Screen Actors Guild and labelled "Elizabeth Scably" by protesters.
In 1988, Liz Hurley appeared briefly in a speaking part as a schoolgirl in Last Seen Wearing, an episode of the detective series Inspector Morse, which episode was partly filmed in a real school, Reading Blue Coat, Sonning, Berkshire. This is believed to have been her first TV role. In the late 1980s, Hurley portrayed the title character in a five-part television drama, Christabel. After appearing in John Cleese's The Human Face (2001), she hosted the inaugural season of the British reality series Project Catwalk on Sky 1 in 2006. The show drew tepid ratings with only 1% of its target audience tuning into the first few episodes. Hurley was almost universally criticised as a presenter. Marcelle D'Argy Smith, a former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, called her "witheringly boring" and added: "Liz Hurley has no fashion experience whatsoever. She wore a dress and has appeared at premieres." GQ's Dylan Jones defended her as someone "immersed in the fashion world as a celebrity." Hurley was ridiculed by critics for her "aspirational Basingstoke-gone-jetset accent and dead fish stare," while also being described as "the not-nice-but-dim host."
She was dropped after one season because her bosses reportedly believed she was too wooden. It was later revealed that Hurley had asked contestants to send her free clothes off the record. In 2011 Hurley filmed a guest star role in the series pilot of NBC's Wonder Woman as the villain Veronica Cale, potentially recurring. The network decided not to pick up the series. In July 2011, it was announced that Hurley would join the fifth season of Gossip Girl for a multi-episode arc. Her character, Diana Payne, was described by the series' executive producers as "a sexy, smart, self-made media mogul and all-around force to be reckoned with", whose "entrance on the Upper East Side will change the lives of all our characters—including, and especially, Gossip Girl herself." In September 2013, she was cast in one of E!'s first two scripted pilots, The Royals, which was officially picked up in March 2014 and aired in 2015. The drama series, revolving around a fictional British Royal Family and set in modern London, stars Hurley as the matriarch Queen Helena.
Hurley has been active in Estée Lauder's Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, as part of which the company created an "Elizabeth Pink" lipstick whose sales benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Hurley, whose grandmother died of breast cancer, was the MC at "The Hot Pink Party" that marked the tenth anniversary of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Hurley supported the Prince's Trust by co-presenting the 2003 Fashion Rocks event in its aid and helping launch the Get Into Cooking youth initiative in 2004. She has also helped raise funds for End Hunger Network, ARK children's charity, and the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre.
She is a patron of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Hurley is also an ambassador for the Hop Skip and Jump children's charity. She and Shane Warne announced that they were organising a cricket match in aid of Hop Skip and Jump and also the Shane Warne Foundation, at Cirencester Park, Gloucestershire on Sunday 9 June 2013. The match will involving leading cricketers such as Darren Gough, Andrew Strauss, Shaun Tait, Ian Harvey, Merv Hughes, Damien Martyn, Shaun Udal, and David Gower.
Hurley is patron of the City Veterans Network, a charity based in the City of London that links former members of the Armed Forces to opportunities for rehabilitation and employment.
Hurley was a struggling actress when, in 1987, she met Hugh Grant while working on a Spanish production called Remando Al Viento. While dating Hurley, Grant gained international notoriety for soliciting the services of a prostitute in 1995. Hurley stood by him and accompanied Grant to the premiere of his movie Nine Months. After 13 years together, Hurley and Grant announced an "amicable" split in May 2000. According to The Guardian, Hurley was "then known as 'Hugh Grant's girlfriend,' now known as 'Hugh Grant's former girlfriend,'" due to the high-profile nature of their relationship.
On 4 April 2002, Hurley gave birth to a son, Damian Charles Hurley. The baby's father, American businessman Steve Bing, denied paternity by alleging that he and Hurley had a brief, non-exclusive relationship in 2001. A DNA test, however, established Bing as the child's father. Hugh Grant is his godfather. Hurley is godmother to Patsy Kensit and Liam Gallagher's son Lennon and two of David and Victoria Beckham's sons (Brooklyn and Romeo).
In late 2002, Hurley started dating Indian textile heir Arun Nayar, who has run a small software company since 1998. On 2 March 2007, Hurley and Nayar married at Sudeley Castle and then had a second traditional Hindu wedding at Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. The Indian celebrations included a sangeet at Nagaur Fort and a reception at Mehrangarh Fort. Hurley resided on a 400-acre (1.6 km2) organic farm in Barnsley, Gloucestershire, with her son and husband.
On December 2010, Hurley announced that she and her husband Arun had separated several months earlier. Hurley filed for divorce on 2 April 2011, citing as the cause Nayar's "unreasonable behaviour", a conventional ground for divorce under English law. The divorce was granted on 15 June 2011. On 30 September 2011, three months after her divorce, it was reported that Hurley and Shane Warne were engaged and she was spotted wearing a large sapphire ring, with their engagement confirmed via Twitter shortly thereafter. On 16 December 2013, Hello magazine reported that the couple had decided to split.
On November 24, 2016, Hurley fell victim to an internet death hoax via Facebook shocking millions.
|1987||Aria||Marietta||Segment "Die tote Stadt"|
|1988||Rowing with the Wind||Claire Clairmont|
|1992||Long Winter, TheThe Long Winter||Emma Stapleton|
|1992||Passenger 57||Sabrina Ritchie|
|1994||Beyond Bedlam||Stephanie Lyell|
|1995||Mad Dogs and Englishmen||Antonia Dyer|
|1997||Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery||Vanessa Kensington|
|1998||Permanent Midnight||Sandra Stahl|
|1999||My Favorite Martian||Brace Channing|
|1999||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me||Vanessa Kensington|
|2000||Weight of Water, TheThe Weight of Water||Adaline Gunn|
|2001||Double Whammy||Dr. Ann Beamer|
|2002||Serving Sara||Sara Moore|
|2004||Method||Rebecca||Also executive producer|
|2008||Valentino: The Last Emperor||Herself||Documentary|
|2010||Made in Romania||Herself|
|1988||Inspector Morse||Julia||Episode: "Last Seen Wearing"|
|1988||Christabel||Christabel Bielenberg||Miniseries; 5 episodes|
|1988||Rumpole of the Bailey||Rosie Japhet||Episode: "Rumpole and the Barrow Boy"|
|1989||Act of Will||Christina||Miniseries|
|1990||Frederick Forsyth Presents||Julia Latham||Episode: "Death Has a Bad Reputation"|
|1991||Orchid House, TheThe Orchid House||Natalie||Miniseries; episode: "Natalie"|
|1992||Good Guys, TheThe Good Guys||Candida Ashton||Episode: "Relative Values"|
|1992||Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, TheThe Young Indiana Jones Chronicles||Vicky Prentiss||Episode: "London, May 1916"|
|1994||Sharpe||Lady Farthingdale||Episode: "Sharpe's Enemy"|
|1995||Shamrock Conspiracy, TheThe Shamrock Conspiracy||Cecilia Harrison||Television film|
|1996||Harrison: Cry of the City||Cecilia Harrison||Television film|
|1996||Samson and Delilah||Delilah||Television film|
|2001||Human Face, TheThe Human Face||Various||Documentary miniseries; 3 episodes|
|2005||Signé Chanel||Herself||Documentary miniseries; episode: "La collection"|
|2006||Project Catwalk||Herself||Host, judge and executive producer (season 1)|
|2011–12||Gossip Girl||Diana Payne||Recurring role, 14 episodes|
|2014||Tomorrow People, TheThe Tomorrow People||Alice||Voice; 2 episodes|
|2015–present||Royals, TheThe Royals||Queen Helena||Main role, 20 episodes|
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