Romantic English actor who starred with Julia Roberts in Notting Hill. After his role in Four Weddings and a Funeral, he played a comic role in Mickey Blue Eyes.
He considered a career as an art historian before deciding to pursue acting.
He was praised by critics for his performance in About a Boy.
He dated actress Elizabeth Hurley for thirteen years, and they split amicably in May 2000. He became the godfather of her son, Damien. He had a daughter named Tabitha and a son named Felix with Tinglan Hong and he also had a son and a daughter with Anna Eberstein.