Hugh Dancy

Hugh Dancy

Birth name: Hugh Michael Horace Dancy
Born: June 19, 1975
Age: 49
Birthplace: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
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Hugh Michael Horace Dancy (born 19 June 1975) is an English actor and model. He is best known for his roles as Will Graham in the television series Hannibal for which he was nominated for two Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series and as Prince Charmont in Ella Enchanted. In 2006, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for his portrayal of Earl of Essex in the HBO miniseries Elizabeth I.


Early life

Dancy was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, and raised in Newcastle-under-Lyme. His mother, Sarah Ann Dancy (née Birley), works in academic publishing. His father is philosophy professor Jonathan Dancy, who teaches at the University of Reading and at the University of Texas at Austin.

Hugh is the oldest of three children, followed by brother Jack Dancy (born 25 May 1977), who is co-director of the travel company Trufflepig Travel, and sister Katharine Sarah Redman (née Dancy, born 5 March 1980). From the age of 5 to the age of 10, Dancy was educated at Edenhurst Preparatory School in Newcastle-under-Lyme. At age 10, Dancy attended boarding school at the Dragon School in Oxford, then, at 13 at Winchester College. At age 18, he acted in the Winchester College Players production of Twelfth Night, which was performed in both Winchester and at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall. He went on to study English under poet and playwright Francis Warner at St Peter's College, Oxford.


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. 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 2002, Dancy played Daniel Deronda in the BBC's adaptation of George Eliot's novel Daniel Deronda.

Notable roles from film include Dancy's Prince Charmont from the 2004 Disney film Ella Enchanted alongside Anne Hathaway and, from the same year, Galahad in King Arthur alongside later Hannibal co-star Mads Mikkelsen. In 2005, he starred as Adam Raki in Adam, an independent film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 and follows the story of a young man with Asperger syndrome. He went on to appear in various other films.

In theatre, Dancy has 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 2007, Dancy had a starring role on Broadway as Captain Dennis Stanhope in Journey's End (Belasco Theatre). From 2010 until 2011, he starred in Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway production of Venus in Fur alongside Nina Arianda. His performance was praised by The New York Times theatre critic Charles Isherwood.

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. The show received critical acclaim and was nominated for numerous awards. It was cancelled after three seasons and concluded in 2015, though there are hopes of a revival. In his upcoming project, Dancy will be appearing in Hulu's The Path alongside Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan.

Personal life

Dancy met American actress Claire Danes on the set of Evening in Newport, Rhode Island, and they began dating. In February 2009, they announced their engagement. The couple married in France in 2009, privately. In 2012, the couple had a son named Cyrus.



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Black Hawk Down Sfc. Kurt Schmid
2001 Young Blades D'Artagnan
2003 Tempo Jack
2003 The Sleeping Dictionary John Truscott
2004 King Arthur Galahad
2004 Ella Enchanted Prince Charmont
2005 Shooting Dogs Joe Connor
2006 Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction Adam Towers
2007 The Jane Austen Book Club Grigg Harris
2007 Evening Buddy Wittenborn
2007 Savage Grace Sam Green
2007 Blood & Chocolate Aiden
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Luke Brandon
2009 Adam Adam Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture
2010 Coach Nick
2010 The Wildest Dream Andrew Irvine Voice
2011 Our Idiot Brother Christian
2011 Martha Marcy May Marlene Ted Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2011 Hysteria Dr. Mortimer Granville
2013 Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Marshal Mallow Voice
2017 Fifty Shades Darker Dr. John Flynn Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Trial & Retribution Robert Belini 2 episodes
1998 The New Adventures of Robin Hood Kyle Episode: "Orphans"
1998-99 Dangerfield Charlie Paige 2 episodes
1999 Cold Feet Danny 2 episodes
1999 Kavanagh QC Michael Woodley Episode: "The More Loving One"
2000 Relic Hunter Michael Previn Episode: "The Last Night"
2000 David Copperfield David Copperfield Television film
2000 Madame Bovary Leon Television film
2002 Daniel Deronda Daniel Deronda 3 episodes
2006 Elizabeth I Earl of Essex 2 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film
2011 The Big C Lee Fallon 8 episodes
2013-15 Hannibal Will Graham 38 episodes
Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television
2015 Deadline Gallipoli Ellis Ashmead Bartlett 2 episodes
Nominated—Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor
2016-present The Path Cal Roberts 6 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Billy and the Crab Lady Fred Soho Theatre
2000 To the Green Fields Beyond Mo Donmar Warehouse
2007 Journey's End Captain Dennis Stanhope Belasco Theatre
2010 The Pride Philip Lucille Lortel Theatre
2011-12 Venus in Fur Thomas Lyceum Theatre

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