Despite making a name for himself as the leading man of British (and American, to be fair) rom-coms in the 1990s, from Notting Hill to Four Weddings and a Funeral, Hugh Grant has always been loathe to settle down. In fact, he's been quoted before saying that he finds the institution of marriage 'unromantic', and that he was in no rush to settle down.
'Do I think human beings are meant to be in 40-year-long monogamous, faithful relationships? … No,' Grant told US radio host Howard Stern in 2016. 'Whoever said they were? Only the Bible or something. No one's ever said that that's a good idea.'
Yet in a plot-twist surely worthy of a rom-com, the 57-year-old eternal bachelor has finally found love, marrying his Swedish girlfriend Anna Eberstein in a small ceremony yesterday. The couple, who share three children together, wed at Chelsea registry office a short distance from their home in West London, with a few friends and family there as witnesses.
Eberstein was photographed emerging from the ceremony carrying their youngest daughter and wearing a smart white skirt and fitted blue shirt, accessorised with her new gold wedding band, while Grant wore a simple blue suit and an unusual, large silver band with three stones. The crowd threw confetti over the happy couple, before they were whisked away in a waiting car.
An onlooker told The Telegraph: 'Everybody looked very happy and relaxed, it was obviously an informal occasion with only very close family members present. 'The group congregated on the steps and Grant stepped in right at the last minute, seemingly in a bid to attract attention.'