Hugh Grant: 5 Awesome Performances And 5 That Sucked

4. David - Love Actually

In retrospect, having Hugh Grant play the Prime Minister in Love Actually seems like one of those, "Well, who else could we have had in such a part?" moments. And yet, despite the fact that the role doesn't really present Grant with the opportunity to do much else but his usual schtick, David stands as one of his most memorable characters - presumably because he's just so damn likeable. Seriously: David could be Grant's most endearing role of all. And it's the love story between the Prime Minister and his newly appointed household staff member, Natalie (Martine McCutcheon), that cements this as something of a classic performance. "Why can't we have a Prime Minister like that in real life?" presumably said everyone who watched this movie at the point when Grant, giddy with Christmas glee, dances down the staircase at Number 10 to "Jump (For My Love)." Why can't we, indeed?

Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.