Elizabeth Hurley : Biography
Elizabeth Hurley was born on June 10, 1965, in Hampshire, England, the daughter of an army officer and an elementary school teacher mother. Originally wanting to be a professional ballerina, Elizabeth Hurley attended ballet boarding school at age 12, but soon returned home. During her college years, Hurley attended the London Studio Centre to which she won a scholarship to study dance and theater. After college, Elizabeth Hurley pursued acting full-time. She has succeeded in both theater, on-screen acting, modeling, and producing.
In 1987, she starred in a film with Hugh Grant (Remando al Viento). Elizabeth Hurley and Hugh Grant began a 13-year relationship which eventually ended over Hugh Grant's unwillingness to have children. One year after their breakup in 2001, Elizabeth Hurley began a romance with movie producer and millionaire Stephen Bing. She gave birth to their son, Damian Charles, on April 4, 2002. As Bing denied that Damian was his child, although DNA testing has since proven that he is indeed the father, Hurley and Bing are no longer together. Elizabeth Hurley is currently engaged to Indian textile magnate Arun Nayar.
Elizabeth Hurley: Career
Hurley began earning more recognition for her work in Hollywood, both as a producer (she and Grant founded the production company Simian Films in 1994) and an actress. Perhaps her most famous role to date has been as Vanessa Kensington, sidekick and eventual paramour of Mike Myers in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997). She reprised the role for the film's 1999 sequel, although her character was killed off only minutes into the movie. Hurley has also appeared in such films as Permanent Midnight (1998), in which she played the wife of a heroin addict; and EdTV (1999), which featured her as a model who provides heady temptation for the film's titular protagonist (Matthew McConaughey). Hurley would play a temptress of a different sort -- a busty, female version of Satan -- in 2000's Bedazzled with Brendan Fraser. In 2001, Hurley took part in the four part documentary The Human Face, which was narrated by fellow Briton John Cleese, and later starred as a beautiful doctor in Double Whammy with Steve Buscemi and Dennis Leary. Hurley met up with Leary once again for Dawg, the follow-up to Double Whammy (2002). Unfortunately for Hurley, most of the notoriety the young actress gained during 2002 was, once again, of the tabloid variety -- a heated paternity battle with former boyfriend Steve Bing made more headlines than Dawg or Serving Sara. In 2004, Hurley will star alongside Jermey Sisto in Duncan Roy's 2000 thriller Method.
Elizabeth Hurley: Movies
The Cleaner (2006), Method (2004), Dawg (2003), The Weight of Water (2002), Serving Sara (2002), Double Whammy (2001), Bedazzled (2000), Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), Edtv (1999), My Favorite Martian (1999), Permanent Midnight (1998), Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), Dangerous Ground (1997), Samson and Delilah (1996), Shameless (1994), Nightscare (1993), Passenger 57 (1992), Kill Cruise (1990), Christabel (1989), Rowing With the Wind (1987)