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Hugh Dancy was recently an Emmy Award nominee for his performance in Tom Hooper's miniseries Elizabeth I, in which he starred opposite Dame Helen Mirren.
A native of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire in the U.K., he began acting in school plays while a teenager. After graduating from Oxford, he moved to London to pursue an acting career.
His early television work soon led to Mr. Dancy landing the lead role in the telefilm remake of David Copperfield, directed by Peter Medak. His other notable television credits have included Tim Fywell's telefilm remake of Madame Bovary and Tom Hooper's miniseries Daniel Deronda.
His subsequent film work includes Tommy O'Haver's Ella Enchanted; Michael Caton-Jones' Shooting Dogs (a.k.a. Beyond the Gates) and Basic Instinct 2; and Katja von Garnier's Blood and Chocolate; and Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down and Antoine Fuqua's King Arthur, both for producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
Mr. Dancy will next be seen on-screen in Tom Kalin's Savage Grace (with Julianne Moore) and Robin Swicord's The Jane Austen Book Club (as part of the ensemble cast).
His stage work includes (in the U.K.) Sam Mendes' staging of To the Green Fields Beyond and (in the U.S.) David Grindley's revival of Journey's End. The latter production is currently running on Broadway.