Highbury Terrace: Hugh Grant Lived Here

23 Oct

It’s nearly 20 years since British comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) took the world by storm and propelled Hugh Grant to international stardom. I was far to imagine back then that, years later, I would be living in the UK, let alone within walking distance of Hugh Grant’s house.

Yes, Ladies & Gentlemen, Islington can proudly say “Hugh Grant Lived Here’. Or maybe we should say ‘Charles’.

4 Weddings & Funeral - Highbury Terrace - House - FILM

The first time you can see the Highbury Terrace house in the film is when Charles (Grant) and his housemate Scarlett (the late Charlotte Coleman) wake up late for the second wedding and rush to get a cab.

4 Weddings & Funeral - Highbury Place House MRX

The second and last time we get to see the house is for the final scene. Charles and his friends are discussing the outcome of his wedding ceremony when Carrie (Andie MacDowell) knocks on the door.

4 Weddings & Funeral - Highbury Terrace - Andy - FILM

“ (…) There, totally oblivious of the torrential rain pouring down upon them, the two fall happily and tenderly into each other’s arms. The two enormous and highly paid heads come together for that ultimate and inevitable moment. The final, earth-moving, studio-rent-paying, theatre-filling, popcorn-selling… kiss”*

In that scene, not only you can spot the footpath behind Carrie (between the sport courts and the lawn), but also the house number when Charles closes the door behind him. Seconds later, after Charles kind of–perhaps-maybe-or-maybe not-sort-of-but-not-really-popped-the question, the two kissed passionately under the pouring rain, you can see the row of houses on Highbury Terrace.

4 Weddings & Funeral - Highbury Terrace - Final Kiss - FILM

4 Weddings and a Funeral - Final kiss MRX

One could argue that the Highbury Terrace property might well be Islington’s equivalent to Notting Hill’s blue door.

Of course by 1999, and thanks in no small part to Four Weddings and a Funeral, Grant had become a global star and his partner in the movie needed no introduction either.

Nevertheless, in 1994, in parallel to a successful modelling career, Andie MacDowell had already 2 Golden Globe nominations under her belt. Besides, from a box office point of view, the 1994 comedy proved more profitable: yes Notting Hill did generate bigger figures – approx. 363 millions vs. 245 – but it did also cost significantly more to produce – approx. 43 millions vs. 4.5!

Ultimately I guess, neither Islington nor Highbury Fields featured in the title of the movie, the trailers and posters across the world. But you can’t say anymore that you don’t know where Hugh Grant did not propose to Andie MacDowell. You may even want to pop up the question there yourself!

Fade Out

Enjoyed this post? Feel free to comment, share it with your friends and come to Islington to discover our locations! Don’t forget to send me your pictures.

And if you do know any Islington location used for Film, TV, advert or have been involved in the process, drop me a line at TheUnbelievableMrX (at) gmail.com or via Twitter

*FREE coffee to the first person to tell me from which Audrey Hepburn movie this quote is

How to get to there?

Islington Film Locations Map

Highbury Terrace N5 1UP

Highbury & Islington Station (Zone 2)

Drayton Park Train station (Zone 2)

Many buses to Highbury Corner and Highbury and Islington Station

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7 Responses to “Highbury Terrace: Hugh Grant Lived Here”

  1. cleotunbridge October 25, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    ‘Paris When It Sizzles’ is where the Audrey Hepburn quote is from I think!
    This is so cool and interesting 🙂

    • The Unbelievable Mr X October 25, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

      And the Oscar goes to…Cleo! Well done for guessing this.
      A promise is a promise, you’ve won a free coffee. Send me a direct email so that we can work this out. Speak soon!

  2. addimonto October 25, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    Wow, very cool. I didn’t know any of this 🙂 And I always appreciate a nicely-placed quote from an Audrey Hepburn movie- yes, it is ‘Paris When it Sizzles’.

    • The Unbelievable Mr X October 25, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed it Addi! Yes, I very much enjoyed ‘Paris When it Sizzles’ and love the fact that this quote (and the whole scene in that movie) reflects perfectly the ‘rom-com formula’ . Speak soon 🙂

  3. Meg Howarth (@howarthm) August 4, 2014 at 6:55 pm #

    A pity the poster appears unaware that Charlotte Coleman died tragically young – 33 – in 2011, also in Islington. An obituary is here

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/2001/nov/19/guardianobituaries.filmnews

    • Xavier Gomez August 4, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

      Dear Meg, Thank you very much for your comment.
      Yes I was aware that sadly Charlotte Coleman had died very young, but not that she was living in Islington. Thank you very much for sending me this obituary.

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