Rupert Everett

Last updated on the 11 May 2024 by Maeve

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Mini Biography

Born: 29 May 1959, Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk, England. 

Rupert Everett was born into a privileged background. His father, Major Anthony Michael Everett, served in the British Army, and his mother, Sara Maclean, was a descendant of the Barons Maclean. Everett grew up in a conservative environment, attending various boarding schools, including Ampleforth College. However, he struggled with conforming to the strict rules and expectations of his upbringing.

Everett’s acting career took off in the 1980s when he gained recognition for his performances in several stage productions, including “Another Country” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.” He successfully transitioned to the big screen, earning critical acclaim for his roles in films such as “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “An Ideal Husband.” His talent and versatility were evident as he effortlessly portrayed both dramatic and comedic characters.

In addition to acting, Everett has also ventured into writing and directing. He penned several books, including his memoir “Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins,” which provided a candid glimpse into his personal and professional life. Moreover, he directed and starred in the film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play “The Importance of Being Earnest,” showcasing his multifaceted talents.

Throughout his career, Rupert Everett has been open about his sexuality and has become an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. His honesty and activism have made him an influential figure in the community. Although he faced some challenges early on due to societal prejudices, Everett has remained steadfast in his commitment to raising awareness and promoting equality.


Suggested viewing


Dance with a Stranger (1985)

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Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.6

A working-class woman in 1950s London finds a passionate but troubled love with a wealthy man. Their contrasting social backgrounds and his eventual rejection lead her down a dark path, culminating in a shocking act that cements her place in history.

Top cast: Miranda Richardson, Rupert Everett, Ian Holm, Matthew Carroll, Tom Chadbon, Stratford Johns, Joanne Whalley, David Troughton.


Another Country (1984)

Another Country poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.0

In a 1930s British boarding school, two outcasts find solace in each other. One, grappling with his homosexuality in a homophobic environment, yearns for acceptance and status. The other, a Marxist, questions the very system that binds them. As their paths diverge, they confront societal constraints, personal desires, and the price of nonconformity.

Top cast: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Michael Jenna, Robert Addie, Rupert Wainwright, Cary Elwes, Tristan Oliver, Anna Massey, Philip Dupuy, Guy Henry, Nicholas Rowe.


An Ideal Husband (1999)

An Ideal Husband poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.8

A virtuous politician’s past misdeed resurfaces, threatening his career and marriage. A cunning woman attempts blackmail, but a witty friend intervenes with surprising twists. Morality clashes with pragmatism, love with disillusionment, and appearances with reality, all leading to a whirlwind of social satire and unexpected redemption.

Top cast: Rupert Everett, Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver, Julianne Moore, Jeremy Northam, Peter Vaughan, Ben Pullen, Marsha Fitzalan, Lindsay Duncan.


The Happy Prince (2018)

The Happy Prince poster

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.3

Frail and exiled, a once-celebrated writer grapples with lost love, fading fame and illness in his final days. Haunted by past glories and societal judgement, he seeks solace in fleeting connections and sardonic wit, while a glimmer of compassion fuels a final act of sacrifice, mirroring the tragedy of a gilded statue shedding its jewels for the poor.

Top cast: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan, Edwin Thomas, Franca Abategiovanni, Alister Cameron, Anna Chancellor, Béatrice Dale.


The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

The Importance of Being Earnest poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.8

In Victorian London, two gentlemen lead double lives. Jack invents a frivolous brother “Ernest” to escape city life, while Algernon adopts the name to woo Gwendolen, a woman obsessed with the name. When both “Ernests” appear, causing romantic chaos, they must untangle their identities and confront societal expectations, all while delivering witty barbs that expose the absurdity of social norms.

Top cast: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Frances O’Connor, Anna Massey, Edward Fox, Patrick Godfrey.


St. Trinian’s (2007)

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Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 5.8

St. Trinian’s, a chaotic British boarding school for girls, faces closure due to financial troubles. The rebellious students take matters into their own hands, with the conniving headmistress secretly plotting a jewel heist. Meanwhile, a government official threatens to shut down the school forever, forcing the students and staff to work together in a hilarious and daring scheme to save St. Trinian’s.

Top cast: Talulah Riley, Rupert Everett, Gemma Arterton, Colin Firth, Lena Headey, Jodie Whittaker, Russell Brand, Anna Chancellor, Juno Temple, Tamsin Egerton.

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