May. 29th, 1959
Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk, England, UK
Rupert Everett's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold
2007 - Stardust
2007 - St. Trinian's
2007 - Shrek The Third
2005 - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
2005 - Separate Lies
2004 - A Different Loyalty
2004 - Stage Beauty
2004 - Shrek 2
2003 - To Kill a King
2002 - The Wild Thornberrys Movie
2002 - The Importance of Being Earnest
2000 - The Next Best Thing
1999 - A Midsummer Night's Dream
1999 - An Ideal Husband
1999 - Inspector Gadget
1998 - Shakespeare in Love
1998 - B. Monkey
1997 - My Best Friend's Wedding
1996 - Dunston Checks In
1994 - The Madness of King George
1994 - Prêt-à-porter
1990 - The Comfort of Strangers
1984 - Another Country
1983 - Dead on Time
Guest TV Roles
Boy at Party
British-born Rupert Everett grew up in privileged circumstances, but the wry, sometimes arrogant intellectual was a rebel from the very beginning. At the age of 7, he was placed into the care of Benedictine monks at Ampleforth College where he trained classically on the piano. He was expelled from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London for clashing with his teachers, and instead apprenticed himself at the avant-garde Glasgow Citizen's Theatre in Scotland, performing in such productions as 'Don Juan' and 'Heartbreak House'.
In 1984, Everett successfully filmed a lead role in, Another Country (1984), which he had performed earlier on stage, and shot to international attention, becoming one of England's hottest new star. But, again, the wickedly sharp and suave rebel doused his own fire by clashing with the press and even with his own fans. In 1989, Everett openly declared his own homosexuality -- an announcement that could have mortally wounded his film career. Instead, over time, it seems to have had the opposite effect. His career revitalized as Julia Roberts (I)' gay confidante in My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), and he has continued to impress notably in the classics area with Shakespeare in Love (1998) (as Christopher Marlowe), An Ideal Husband (1999) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999) (as Oberon). Lately he has enhanced both films, with his royal portrayals in To Kill a King (2003) and Stage Beauty (2004), and television, with his effortlessly suave Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (2004) (TV). His predilection for smug and smarmy villains of late, such as the cartoonish Dr. Claw in Inspector Gadget (1999) has extended into voice animation with his "unprincely" Prince Charming character in Shrek 2 (2004).
In making his landmark decision to "come out," Rupert becomes a living testament disproving the theory that a truly talented and successful romantic leading man cannot survive the career-killing stigma of being openly gay.
- In _Another Country (1984)_ (qv), Rupert Everett plays "Guy Bennett", a character based on the double agent "Guy Burgess". Everett, however, is related to another of the Cambridge Five, upper-class British diplomats who were Cambridge University men who later secretly spied for the Soviet Union for decades. Everett is the great-nephew of 'Donald Maclean' (qv), who escaped to the Soviet Union in 1951 on his 38th birthday. Maclean was bisexual. (Everett announced in 1989 that he was gay).
- Works out at Crunch Fitness in New York City.
- Was expelled from London's Central School of Speech and Drama for insubordination.
- Is a descendant from Charles II Stuart, King of England and Scotland, and through him a distant relative of 'Rachael Stirling' (qv).
- Owns a Black Lab, named Moise.
- (May 1999) Bought a home in Los Angeles for his dog's sake. His black Lab, Moise, was suffering from painful arthritis, so the actor relocated to the city in order for his beloved pet to heal. Everett even turned down a role on the London stage, because it meant having to have his dog quarantined for six months.
- In the Independent on Sunday [UK] 2006 Pink LIst - a list of the most influential gay men and women - Everett came in at #71, down from #50.
- Writes for "Vanity Fair".