Hugh Dancy

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Hugh Dancy
Hugh Dancy at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival, September 2011 (02).jpg
Born(1975-06-19) 19 June 1975 (age 38)
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
OccupationActor, model
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Claire Danes (m. 2009)
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Hugh Dancy
Hugh Dancy at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival, September 2011 (02).jpg
Born(1975-06-19) 19 June 1975 (age 38)
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
OccupationActor, model
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Claire Danes (m. 2009)

Hugh Michael Horace Dancy[1] (born 19 June 1975)[1] is an English actor and model.

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 Peter Dancy, who teaches at the University of Reading and at the University of Texas at Austin.[1][4] He is the oldest of three children, followed by brother John (Jack) Christopher Dancy (born 25 May 1977), co-director of the travel company Trufflepig Travel,[1][5] and sister Katharine Sarah Redman (born 5 March 1980), who works at the EFA Global Monitoring Report, UNESCO.[1]

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,[3] Dancy attended boarding school at the Dragon School in Oxford, then at 13[2] at Winchester College.[3] At 18, Dancy acted in the Winchester College Players production of Twelfth Night which was performed in both Winchester and at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall.[citation needed] He went on to study English at St Peter's College, Oxford.[2]


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 also 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 also appeared in Savage Grace, a film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Natalie Robins and Steven M.L. Aronson.

Hugh 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, Dancy appeared in Confessions of a Shopaholic. From 2010 until 2011, he starred in a Broadway production of Venus in Fur, for which he was praised by The New York Times.[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 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 late August or early September 2009, in a ceremony not announced publicly.[10] The two have a son, Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy, born on 17 December 2012.[11] His previous longtime girlfriend was UK artist Annie Morris.[2]



2000David CopperfieldDavid CopperfieldTelevision film
2000Madame BovaryLeonTelevision film
2001Black Hawk DownSfc. Kurt Schmid
2001Young BladesD'Artagnan
2003The Sleeping DictionaryJohn Truscott
2004King ArthurGalahad
2004Ella EnchantedPrince Charmont
2005Beyond The Gates[12]Idealistic young teacher
2005Shooting DogsJoe Connor
2006Basic Instinct 2: Risk AddictionAdam Towers
2007The Jane Austen Book ClubGrigg Harris
2007EveningBuddy Wittenborn
2007Savage GraceSam Green
2007Blood & ChocolateAiden
2009Confessions of a ShopaholicLuke Brandon
2009AdamAdamNominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture
2010The Wildest DreamAndrew IrvineVoice
2011Our Idiot BrotherChristian
2011Martha Marcy May MarleneTedNominated — Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2011HysteriaDr. Mortimer Granville
2014Legends of Oz: Dorothy's ReturnMarshal MallowVoice


1998Trial & Retribution IIRobert Belini
1998The New Adventures of Robin HoodKyleEpisode: "Orphans"
1998–1999DangerfieldCharlie PaigeEpisodes: "Paths" and "Tying the Knot"
1999Cold FeetDannyEpisodes 2.3 and 2.4
1999Kavanagh QCMichael WoodleyEpisode: "The More Loving One"
2000Relic HunterMichael PrevinEpisode: "The Last Night"
2002Daniel DerondaDaniel Deronda
2006Elizabeth IEarl of EssexNominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
2011The Big CLee8 episodes
2013–presentHannibalWill Graham


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Anderson - Rev. James Richard". The Hon. Peter I. Pellew official site. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "How Hugh Dancy became a Hollywood hero". The Independent (London). 20 September 2007. Archived from the original on 11 May 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d "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.". 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", 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. ^ Garcia, Jennifer; Messer, Lesley (19 December 2012). "Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy Welcome Son Cyrus Michael Christopher". People. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  12. ^ DVD

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