It's love, actually as Hugh Grant marries at 57

British actor Hugh Grant and producer Anna Eberstein in a February photo. Grant, who has played a string of commitment-phobic characters, married Eberstein at a low-key civil ceremony in London last Friday.
British actor Hugh Grant and producer Anna Eberstein in a February photo. Grant, who has played a string of commitment-phobic characters, married Eberstein at a low-key civil ceremony in London last Friday.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

LONDON • Hugh Grant, best known for playing bumbling British men in romantic comedies like Four Weddings And A Funeral, has married for the first time, British media reported.

Grant, 57, who has played a string of commitment-phobic characters, married Swedish television producer Anna Eberstein, 39, at a low-key civil ceremony in London's Chelsea district, photos of the pair printed in British newspapers on Friday showed.

Eberstein is the mother of three of Grant's young children. The Love, Actually star has two other children with former partner Tinglan Hong.

The photos showed Grant and Eberstein leaving the Chelsea Register Office in London last Friday and posing for pictures on the steps outside with a small group of family members. Grant wore a dark blue suit, while Eberstein was dressed in a blue shirt and white miniskirt and wearing a gold wedding band.

Grant, one of Britain's best-known comic actors, is also famous for his own reluctance to marry. He split up in 2000 with his actress girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley after 13 years together. "I'm not really a believer in marriage," he told People magazine in 2015. "I've seen very few good examples, maybe five, in my life, but I think otherwise it's a recipe for mutual misery."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 27, 2018, with the headline 'It's love, actually as Hugh Grant marries at 57'. Print Edition | Subscribe