Born in England on June 19, 1975, Hugh Dancy began acting in England on television and the stage. He segued into American movies like Black Hawk Down, Confessions of a Shopaholic and Evening; the last is where he met his wife, actress Claire Danes. They had a son in 2012. A year later, the Emmy-nominated star was cast in the chilling American TV series Hannibal, inspired by author Thomas Harris’s books. In 2015, Hugh was cast in the Hulu cult-like drama ‘The Path’ as Calvin Roberts. Recently, he has also accepted the role of Dr. John Flynn in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ based on the best selling trilogy by E. L. James.
Hugh Michael Horace Dancy was born on June 9, 1975, in Stoke-on-Trent, England to Jonathan Peter Dancy, a philosopher/college professor, and his wife Sara Dancy, an academic publishing professional. Hugh is the oldest of three children, followed by brother Jack Dancy (born 25 May 1977), who is co-director of the travel company Trufflepig Travel, and sister Katharine Sarah Redman (née Dancy, born 5 March 1980). From the age of 5 to the age of 10, Hugh attended Edenhurst Preparatory School in Newcastle-under-Lyme. At age 10, Hugh attended boarding school at the Dragon School in Oxford, then, at 13 at Winchester College. Hugh, has described himself as a rebellious youth in various interviews. Referring to himself partaking in things like smoking, drinking and messing around. “I was as rebellious as one can realistically be in a traditional boarding school without being thrown out, which is not that rebellious.” He had no desire to act but was sent to the school theatre by a frustrated teacher as a punishment.
The move turned out to be serendipitous. “In the theatre, suddenly all the hierarchies of school were out the window.” The other attraction was that girls from a local school were involved in productions, “not because I was desperately lustful, although I’m sure I was, because I was a 13-year-old boy, but I just liked having girls around”. Starting off behind the scenes, Hugh was soon cast as Ariel in The Tempest and found he “took to it naturally”. At age 18, he acted in the Winchester College Players production of Twelfth Night, which was performed in both Winchester and at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall. He went on to study English under poet and playwright Francis Warner at St Peter’s College, Oxford. After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in English literature and language, he pursued acting full-time while bartending to pay the bills.
While bartending, Hugh had overheard a conversation between two people who had come in separately, realizing they were ‘both in the business’, he asserted himself into the conversation and things seemed to be going well until his boss interrupted him to grab cappuccinos for someone. After doing as his boss told him to do, he noticed that one of the people that were in the conversation had left. He then turned to the other party of the conversation, and said ‘I’d just love some advice’. Who in turn put Hugh in touch with a few casting directors.
Hugh took on various roles in television and theater. The first on record is, Trial & Retribution, a feature-length police procedural television drama series that aired on ITV, STV, and UTV. His two episodes were in 1998 for season two. His character Robert Belini; brother of Antonio ‘Tony’ who were both indicted with aiding in the murder of two prostitutes under the guidance of Damon Morton.
His other television projects around this time were The New Adventures of Robin Hood as Kyle in the episode “Orphans”, Dangerfield as Charlie Paige in the episodes “Paths” and “Tying the Knot”, Kavanagh QC as Michael Woodley in the episode “The More Loving One” where he plays a former heroin junkie and convicted arsonist which Kavanagh is defending, and Cold Feet as Danny in two episodes from season two. Danny had originally asked Rachel out because of a bet he had going, but instead of keeping his head on the bet he developed actual feelings for her. He had one theater project during this time titled Billy and the Crab Lady at Soho Theatre where he portrayed the character Fred.
In 2000, Hugh starred in an episode of Relic Hunter – an anglophone Canadian television series, starring Tia Carrere and Christien Anholt. The episode was titled “The Last Night“. Two television films/mini-series aired that year as well. One being, “David Copperfield“, a film in which Hugh portrayed “David Copperfield“. The film was a joint US/Irish TV film adaptation of Charles Dickens’s novel David Copperfield. It was filmed in Ireland, and broadcast on the TV Channel TNT as a Hallmark Entertainment production on December 10–11, 2000. The second was Madame Bovary, a British miniseries in which Hugh portrayed the character Leon, the series directed by Tim Fywell and based on the novel of the same name by 19th-century French author Gustave Flaubert. That same year Hugh joined Dougray Scott, Adrian Scarborough and Ray Winstone in To the Green Fields Beyond; a play that premiered at the Donmar Warehouse, directed by Sam Mendes and written by Nick Whitby. The play, dealing with the experiences of a tank crew in 1916 during the First World War. It takes its title from the unofficial motto of the Royal Tank Regiment From Mud, through Blood, to the Green Fields Beyond.
In 2001, Hugh starred in Black Hawk Down the British-American war film directed by Ridley Scott adapted from the book of the same name by Mark Bowden based on a series of articles published in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Hugh portrayed the character Sfc. Kurt Schmid. The same year he portrayed a young D’Artagnan in the film Young Blades; where the three teenage musketeers meet D’Artagnan and save King Louis XIII for the first time. Directed by Mario Andreacchio and written by Alexandre Dumas père, John Goldsmith.
Hugh starred in the British television serial drama adapted by Andrew Davies from the George Eliot novel of the same name. The serial was directed by Tom Hooper, produced by Louis Marks, and was first broadcast in three parts on BBC One from November 23rd to December 7th in 2002. Cast as the main character Daniel Deronda. The series set in Victorian London, Gwendolen Harleth is drawn to Daniel Deronda, a selfless and intelligent gentleman of unknown parentage, but her own desperate need for financial security may destroy her chance at happiness. Filming ran for 11 weeks from May to August on locations in England, Scotland and Malta.
Hugh’s next film The Sleeping Dictionary written and directed by Guy Jenkin (What We Did on Our Holiday). The character Hugh portrayed was John Truscott. The film centered around a young Englishman who is sent to Sarawak in the 1930s to become part of the British colonial government. There he finds himself faced with tough decisions of the heart involving a beautiful young local woman who becomes the object of his affections. It was filmed on location in Sarawak, Malaysia within an hour’s drive from the state capital of Kuching. The secondary location of the longhouse was specially constructed at great expense (RM125,000) at Batang Ai, about 15 minutes drive on the secondary road to the Hilton Batang Ai Resort, where the film cast and crew were based for 10 days. Kuching locations included the Matang Recreation Park; Buntal fishing village and many smaller villages and country homesteads. The local crew and cast numbered up to 600 on certain days, for a few crowd scenes. Guy Jenkins, the writer and director, mentioned that he created the screenplay after a back-packing trip he made to Borneo in the early 1980s and became enamored of the concept of ngayap which was the Iban way of courtship practiced in the early 1920s and ’30s. He combined the story with the romanticized idea of young Britons being posted to jungle outposts and being “thrown in the deep end” when they had to learn the local language in express time. And so a human “sleeping dictionary” was allocated to each of them.
That same year a film titled Tempo released June 10th 2003. The film was directed by Eric Styles (That Good Night). Hugh starred alongside Melanie Griffith and Rachael Leigh Cook in this romance, crime, and thriller mix about a young American woman (Jenny: Rachael), moving to Paris and getting involved with a young man (Jack: Hugh), who is seemingly the man of her dreams. However, things do not go as planned. Hugh’s character for this film was Jack Ganzer. The filming locations listed for this project were “Luxembourg”, “Munich, Bavaria, Germany “, and “Paris, France “.
2004; Hugh became the face for Burberry a British luxury fashion house, headquartered in London, England. He appeared in various advertisements for fall wear. Two films released this year. One being King Arthur where he portrays knight ‘Galahad‘ who is in with Arthur and his other troops that initially are expecting to be relieved of their duties but are instead sent on a risky mission to rescue the Roman family of Marius Honorius. The film was shot in England, Ireland and Wales. The film was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Antoine Fuqua; David Franzoni, the writer of the original draft script for Gladiator, wrote the screenplay.
The second Ella Enchanted; a film based on the novel of the same name by Gail Carson Levine and published in 1997. The film tells of a young woman named Ella who was given a gift of obedience by a fairy named Lucinda. The gift entails that she must obey whatever anyone tells her to do. When her mother passes away she is cared for by her father who remarries a loathsome woman with two treacherous daughters. Hugh portrays ‘Prince Charmont‘ whom Ella falls in love with. They soon set out on an adventure to find Lucinda in hopes that she can undo the gift given to Ella.
Hugh continued to be the face of Burberry in 2005. In advertisements for Spring/Summer as well as Fall. One film of his released the same year, titled “Shooting Dogs” otherwise known as “Beyond The Gates“. The film is directed by Michael Caton-Jones and stars John Hurt, Hugh Dancy and Clare-Hope Ashitey. It is based on the experiences of BBC news producer David Belton, who worked in Rwanda during the Rwandan Genocide. Belton is the film’s co-writer and one of its producers. The setting of the film is the École Technique Officielle (ETO) in Kigali, Rwanda, in 1994, during the Rwandan Genocide. John Hurt plays a Catholic priest (loosely based on Vjekoslav Ćurić) and Hugh Dancy an English teacher, both Europeans, who are caught up in the events of the genocide.
In 2006; two projects released. One being a film sequel to Basic Instinct; “Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction“. He portrays “Adam Towers“; a journalist writing a negative story about Dr. Glass. In the film; Crime novelist Catherine Tramell is living in London, and becomes the center of police investigation (yet again) when her football player boyfriend drowns in a car accident and it is revealed that he was already dead because of a drug overdose before Tramell drove the car into water. Police psychoanalyst Dr. Michael Glass is called for examining Tramell, and is intrigued by the seductive and manipulative woman. On the other hand , his friend Det. Roy Washburn is sure Tramell is guilty. Tramell asks Glass to treat her for her ‘risk addiction’ problem, and with each therapy session , Glass gets more and more suspicious about her intentions. As more and more murders are committed, including that of Glass’s ex-wife, Glass becomes obsessed with proving Tramell’s guilt even though the evidence is contradictory.
The second is a mini-series titled “Elizabeth I“; where Hugh portrays “Earl of Essex“. It is about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I. The project on Elizabeth I was originally going to be two hours and focus on her relationship with the Earl of Essex, but Mirren “felt that there should be more politics” according to writer Nigel Williams. The series was filmed in Vilnius, Lithuania, where the massive sets were constructed inside a sports arena that was abandoned in the 1970s. The series was well received by critics.
Hugh was nominated for two awards in 2006. One being a Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television for: “Elizabeth I”. The second, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for: “Elizabeth I”.
2007 was a very busy year for Hugh and his fans as various projects released. First up, Hugh portrayed ‘Aiden‘ in “Blood and Chocolate” a film centered around orphaned Vivian who is raised by her aunt after losing her parents ten years ago in the Rocky Mountains, Colorado. We find out that her family belongs to a bloodline of werewolves and that Vivian is promised to the leader of the pack, Gabriel. When she meets an American cartoonist named Aiden, they immediately fall in love. When Rafe finds out about this he forces Vivian to choose between her family or the love she has for Aiden. Directed by Katja von Garnier. Written by Ehren Kruger and Christopher Landon, their screenplay is very loosely based on Annette Curtis Klause’s 1997 young adult novel of the same name.
In “Savage Grace” Hugh portrayed ‘Sam Green‘. The film is a dramatization of the Barbara Daly Baekeland murder case which happened in a London flat on Friday November 17, 1972. The story begins with Antony’s birth and follows the family to the time of his arrest for the murder of his mother.
“Evening” released June 29th, 2007. Directed by Lajos Koltai. The screenplay by Susan Minot and Michael Cunningham is based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Susan Minot. As described best by Focus Features; The love which binds mother and daughter — seen through the prism of one mother’s life as it crests with optimism, navigates a turning point, and ebbs to its close. In this Hugh portrays the role of ‘Buddy Wittenborn‘; Lila’s brother (and Ann’s college friend) who introduces Ann to Harris Arden. The film explores the romantic past and emotional present of Ann Grant and her daughters. As Ann lays dying, she remembers, and is moved to convey to her daughters, the defining moments in her life 50 years prior.
In “The Jane Austen Book Club“; which focuses on a book club formed specifically to discuss the novels written by Jane Austen. As they complete each novel, the club members find themselves dealing with life experiences that parallel the themes of the books they are reading. Directed by Robin Swicord. The screenplay, adapted from the 2004 novel of the same name by Karen Joy Fowler. Hugh’s character is “Grigg; a science fiction fan who’s roped into the group by Jocelyn with the hope he and Sylvia will prove to be a compatible match.
Hugh starred in two projects that were on the stage that year. One being “Journey’s End“; a 1928 drama, the seventh of English playwright R. C. Sherriff. Set in the trenches near Saint-Quentin, Aisne, in 1918 towards the end of the First World War, Journey’s End gives a glimpse into the experiences of the officers of a British Army infantry company in World War I. The entire story plays out in the officers’ dugout over four days from March 18th 1918 to March 21st 1918, during the run-up to the real-life events of Operation Michael. It opened in New York at the Belasco Theatre on February 22nd and closed on June 10th after 125 performances.
The other “24 hour plays“; which is a one-of-a-kind theatre experience in which 6 short plays are written, rehearsed, directed, and performed in 24 hours. Hugh featured in the short play titled ‘A Bus Stop Play’ in which he played the character ‘Hugh’. ‘A Bus Stop Play’ was written by Julia Jordan and directed by Thomas Kail, Diana Basmajian, and David Ruttura.
That year he also voiced an audio book for “George’s Secret Key to the Universe” written by Stephen Hawking and Lucy Hawking. [description via wikipedia] The main characters in the book are Susan, Daisy, Terrance, George, Eric, Annie, Dr. Reeper, and Cosmos, the world’s most powerful computer. Cosmos can draw windows allowing people to look into outer space, as well as doors which act as portals allowing travel into outer space. It is written like a story and aims to describe various aspects of the universe in a manner that is accessible to children and others new to the topic. It starts by describing atoms, stars, planets and their moons. It then goes on to describe black holes, which remains the topic of focus in the last part of the book. At frequent intervals throughout the book, there are pictures and “fact files” of the different references to universal objects, including a picture of Mars with its Moons.
In 2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic released. Hugh portrays the character “Luke Brandon” in the film. It is a film about a college grad that lands a job as a financial journalist in New York City to support where she nurtures her shopping addiction and climb the latter to where she really wants to be. During this time she falls for a wealthy entrepreneur. Hugh stars with Isla Fisher and Krysten Ritter in the romantic comedy directed by P.J. Hogan (My Best Friend’s Wedding) and written by Tracey Jackson and Tim Firth, also based on The film adapts the two books The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Abroad by Sophie Kinsella (also known as The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic). The novel is set in London, however the setting was changed to New York in order to make it connect with an American audience. Although the book series has multiple sequels the film, however, was a standalone adaptation. That same year the feature film Adam released which stars Hugh as Adam Raki (Hugh Dancy), an electronics engineer who has an autism disorder called Asperger syndrome. When a young woman named Beth (Rose Byrne) moves into his apartment building, he is quite taken with her. She does not quite know how to react to Adam’s unconventional overtures but decides to give him a chance nonetheless. But Beth’s parents are apprehensive about her new romance, which could end the young lovers’ relationship before it has a chance.
Hugh also voiced an audiobook as well titled George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt written by Lucy Hawking and Stephen Hawking. The book focuses on George and Annie, the middle-school cosmologists, who return in this sequel to the 2007 story, George’s Secret Key to the Universe (which Hugh also voiced the audiobook of). Hugh was nominated for a Satellite Award this year for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for: Adam.
In 2010, Hugh had a variety of projects that released. Including one film, one documentary, one audiobook and he also did a run in a theater production. Coach, a film about a slacker who learns valuable lessons while coaching a middle-school soccer team. In this Hugh portrays the aforementioned ‘slacker’ Nick whom we see begin as the type of guy who lives off a trust fund, has no job or responsibilities and he’s nearing 30. When his girlfriend leaves him and New York for a job in Los Angeles, Nick comes up with a strategy to get her back: taking a job as a soccer coach of a junior-high team.
The Wildest Dream, a film that uses astonishing visuals to tell the intersecting stories of George Mallory, the first man to attempt a summit of Mount Everest, and Conrad Anker, the mountaineer who finds Mallory’s frozen remains 75 years later. In this Hugh voiced Andrew Irvine. The Pride, a theatre production in which Hugh portrays Philip. This production is a British drama by Alexi Kaye Campbell that counterpoints two parallel love stories. Philip, Oliver and Sylvia exist in a complex love triangle which spans over half a century, living and loving simultaneously in 1958 and the present against a background of changing attitudes towards homosexuality. Past and present worlds grind together and melt apart, yet the future and its promise of sexual liberation remains ever elusive, as societal repression gives way to self-deception.
Hugh also lended his voice to the audiobook of By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham. The novel focuses on two characters Peter and Rebecca Harris. Both being in their mid-forties and denizens of Manhattan’s SoHo. Both nearing the apogee of committed careers in the arts—he a dealer, she an editor. Then Rebecca’s much younger look-alike brother, Ethan (known as Mizzy, “the mistake”), shows up for a visit. A beautiful, beguiling twenty-three-year-old with a history of drug problems, Mizzy is wayward, at loose ends, looking for direction. And in his presence, Peter finds himself questioning his artists, their work, his career—the entire world he has so carefully constructed.
Three films, a television series and a theater project all debuted in 2011. Hugh portrayed Thomas Novachek, the writer-director in the play Venus in Fur which debuted November 8, 2011 at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre and ran until December 18th. The play centers around Thomas Novachek who is a writer-director of a new play opening in New York City. This play-within-the-play is an adaptation of the 1870 novel Venus in Furs by the Austrian author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch and happens to be the novel that inspired the term “masochism”. The play begins with Novachek on the telephone lamenting the inadequacies of the actresses who have showed up that day to audition for the lead character, Wanda von Dunayev. Suddenly, at the last minute, a new actress, Vanda Jordan, bursts in. At first it’s hard to imagine that she will please this very particular and exasperated writer/director: She’s brash, vulgar and unschooled. But she convinces him to let her audition for the part of Wanda, with the director/writer reading the part of Severin von Kushemski. Much happens during this dynamic reading, as lightning flashes and thunder crashes outside. Vanda shows astonishing insights into the novel and her character, and she performs what is in effect a terrific audition. They both become caught up in the characters they are reading. The balance of power is reversed, and the actress establishes dominance over the director, which is similar to what occurs in the novel. [description by wikipedia]
In The Big C, Hugh stars as Lee Fallon. A fellow patient in Dr. Sherman’s clinical trial. Cathy thinks Lee is interested in her until he comes out as gay. She and Lee find comfort in each other due to their cancer, and become “clinical trial” buddies. Lee’s acupuncturist believes they are soul mates, as Cathy’s excessively high blood pressure immediately drops once Lee enters the room. However, their relationship becomes strained when the treatment begins to work for Cathy and not Lee.
Our Idiot Brother, is an American comedy-drama film directed by Jesse Peretz and starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer. The script was written by Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall and is based on Jesse and Evgenia Peretz’s story. It tells of an idealistic man who intrudes and wreaks havoc in his three sisters’ lives. Hugh portrays Christian Smith who is attracted to Natalie.
Martha Marcy May Marlene, is an American thriller drama film written and directed by Sean Durkin, and starring Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson, and Hugh Dancy. The plot focuses on a young woman suffering from delusions and paranoia after returning to her family from an abusive cult in the Catskill Mountains. Hugh portrays Ted who is married to Lucy (Sarah Paulson). The film received highly positive reviews, it holds a 90% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Christy Lemire of the Associated Press named Martha Marcy May Marlene the best film of 2011. Hugh was nominated for a Gotham Award this year for Best Ensemble Cast for: Martha Marcy May Marlene.
Hysteria, is a 2011 British period romantic comedy film directed by Tanya Wexler. It stars Hugh Dancy and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Hugh portrays Dr. Mortimer Granville, a young physician who has difficulty with his occupation due to constant arguments over modern medicine. The film centers around Two doctors (Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce) in Victorian England who use manual stimulation of female genitalia to cure their patients’ ills, leading to the invention of the vibrator.
In 2012 Venus in Fur resumes performances at the Lyceum Theatre on February 7, 2012, in a limited engagement through June 17, 2012.
In 2013 Hugh voiced Marshal Mallow in his first animated film, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return. It is an American-Indian 3D computer-animated musical fantasy comedy film that is loosely based on the book Dorothy of Oz by Roger Stanton Baum. In the film Dorothy wakes up in post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends the Scarecrow, the Lion, the Tin Man and Glinda from a devious new villain, the Jester. Wiser the owl, Marshal Mallow, China Princess and Tugg the tugboat join Dorothy on her latest magical journey through the colorful landscape of Oz to restore order and happiness to Emerald City. [description via imdb] Hugh is featured on the soundtrack for the song “Even Then” alongside Lea Michele, & Megan Hilty. CinemaScore gave the film an “A” on an A+ to F scale, based on polls conducted during the opening weekend. Two sequels and a TV series were said to be in the works, but it is unknown if Hugh would be featured in any of those.
The first season of NBC’s Hannibal premiered on April 4, 2013. Starring Hugh Dancy as Will Graham a gifted criminal profiler and hunter of serial killers. He visualizes himself committing the murders he investigates to understand the killers’ behaviors; throughout the series, Graham’s involvement with the investigations takes a toll on his psyche. The series is based on the Thomas Harris novels and also stars Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas and Laurence Fishburne. This season…FBI Agent Will Graham hunts the most notorious serial killers. Graham is both gifted and cursed with an extraordinary ability: He can think like his prey, seeing what they see and feeling what they feel. What he doesn’t know is that his new partner is the most notorious serial killer of all. While pursuing an especially troubling, cannibalistic murderer, Special Agent Jack Crawford teams Graham with a highly respected psychiatrist – a man with a taste for the criminally minded: Dr. Hannibal Lecter . Dr. Lecter tests Graham every step of the way, toying with him and playing a game all his own, while they work to unravel the mystery and catch the killer. Like only Lecter can, he twists Graham’s mind, daring him to question everything he knows about others…and himself. [from dvd/bluray] Reviews for the first season were positive. On Metacritic, the first season scored 70 out of 100 based on 32 reviews, which constitutes “generally favorable reviews”. The Denver Post praised the series as a “… well constructed, masterfully written piece,” Paul Doro of Shock Till You Drop gave Hannibal an 8/10 and said of the series, “The stab at classy horror mostly succeeds due to excellent performances from the leads, genuine suspense and surprises, well-constructed short and long-term mysteries, and an appropriately disconcerting mood that permeates the action right from the start…” and praised Hugh Dancy in particular, saying he “… does an outstanding job of subtlety conveying how painful human interaction is for him, and despite being abrasive and unpleasant, you are always in his corner and really feel for the guy.”
Hugh was nominated for two awards this year. One being an IGN Summer Movie Award for Best TV Actor for: Hannibal. The second is a Golden Europe TV Award for Outstanding Drama Series for: Hannibal. He also won a Golden Europe TV Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Drama Series for: Hannibal.
In 2014 Hugh reprises his role as Will Graham in Season Two of the NBC acclaimed series Hannibal aired on February 28th. This time Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) is locked in a mental asylum accused of Hannibal Lecter’s crimes (Mads Mikkelsen). Now that Will sees Hannibal for what he truly is, he faces a fight to prove his own sanity and convince those closest to him he is innocent of murder. Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) is dealing with his own feelings about Will, and whether his protege is in fact a cold-blooded killer. Looking for answers, Jack turns to a man he has come to trust: Hannibal Lecter. With Will locked up, Hannibal becomes Jack’s new consultant on cases. Hannibal is torn between self-preservation and his desire to keep Will close to him, despite advice from his psychiatrist Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) to stay away. The deadly dance between these characters continues to turn in startling and unexpected ways, in a season that will show nothing can ever be the same again… [from dvd/bluray] On Metacritic, the second season scored 88 out of 100 based on 14 reviews, which constitutes “universal acclaim”. On Rotten Tomatoes, the second season scored a 100% “certified fresh” rating with an average rating of 9.2 out of 10 based on 24 reviews. The consensus reads: “With powerful imagery and a strong, unpredictable story, season two of Hannibal continues to build on the first season’s promise.” Announced in 2014 The Happy Prince is still unknown in most aspects as to if Hugh will star in it or not.
In 2014 Hugh attending the Apple Store Soho Presents Meet The Actor where he answered questions and met with fans. The event was recorded and placed on itunes for viewing. Also that same year, Hugh was featured in BAFTA New York Presents: “In Conversation With Hugh Dancy” where he talked about his career in television, film and on Broadway. The event was recorded and placed on vimeo for viewing.
Hugh was nominated for two awards this year. One being a Critics Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series for: Hannibal. The second being a Saturn Award for Best Actor in a Television Series for: Hannibal.
Once again in 2015, Hugh resprised his role as Will Graham in Season three of Hannibal aired on June 4, 2015. In this season Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) is on the run in Europe-accompanied by his psychiatrist Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson)-sporting a new identity, but servicing the same insatiable appetite. As the lives of Will (Hugh Dancy) and Jack (Laurence Fishburne) converge toward Hannibal again, each with their own motivations to catch him once and for all, their deadly dance turns in startling and unexpected ways. [from dvd/bluray] This season received critical acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes, season 3 has a 97% “Certified Fresh” rating with an average rating of 8.7 out of 10 based on 29 reviews. The site’s consensus reads: “Bryan Fuller serves up another delightfully demented season of Hannibal, featuring a hearty helping of gorgeous gore, paired with a sweet side of twisted humor.” On Metacritic, the season has a score of 84 out of 100 based on 15 reviews, indicating “universal acclaim”. Joshua Rivera of Business Insider stated that “Hannibal is a show that puts all of its chips on the table, blows up that table, and then builds something even more fascinating from what remains”, and hailed it as one of the best shows on television.
In 2015 Hugh attended the Apple Store Soho Presents Meet The Actor where he answered questions and met with fans. The event was recorded and placed on itunes for viewing. Hugh was also nominated for a Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best TV Actor for: Hannibal and won a Saturn Award for Best Actor in a Television Series for: Hannibal.
Also in 2015, Deadline Gallipoli debuted on Foxtel’s Showcase channel on 19 and 20 in April. The two-part series explores the Gallipoli Campaign from a new perspective, that of four war correspondents, Charles Bean, Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, Phillip Schuler and Keith Murdoch. Hugh portrayed Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett who was an English war correspondent during the First World War. Through his reporting of the Battle of Gallipoli, Ashmead-Bartlett was instrumental in the birth of the Anzac legend which still dominates military history in Australia and New Zealand. Hugh has been quoted saying of Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett ‘He carries a certain superiority, which I guess some people could take for arrogance. Bartlett, I feel, found himself almost certainly to his surprise, to want to not tell the truth, to raise the flag and say “This is a disaster and you need to change course”.’
In 2016 the first season of The Path released. The first project that Hugh selected after Hannibal. It received positive reviews from critics as well as fans from around the world. On the review aggregator, Metacritic, the first season scored 70 out of 100 based on 33 reviews. On rottentomatoes the first season is 81% fresh. Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter reacted positively to the series, saying: “There’s a lot to like about The Path, from the strong visual sense of place that director Mike Cahill established in the first two episodes to its theoretical take on faith, and of course the exquisite acting and deft writing.” Hank Stuever of the Washington Post, wrote that “The Path works best as an intense psychological study of an extended family whose members equate faith and loyalty with happiness.”. Reviews praised Hugh and his performance as Cal Roberts (see here). The series follows a man who is suffering from a crisis of faith throughout the first season and the followers of Meyerism. The religion that is referenced in The Path, Meyerism, is a fictional movement in the series. The Path received a second season order from Hulu on May 4, 2016.
Robot Chicken, is a series that off-the-wall comedy hit, which is a series of pop-culture parodies using stop-motion animation of toys, action figures and dolls. Hugh voiced three characters for an episode that aired April 3rd, 2016. The characters were Matt Murdock, Daredevil and Micronaut Time Traveler.
In 2016 Hugh was nominated for three awards which were the following Logie Award (Most Outstanding Actor for: Deadline Gallipoli), Fangoria Chainsaw Award (Best TV Actor for: Hannibal) and Critics Choice Television Award (Best Actor in a Drama Series for: Hannibal). And won an EW #Poppy Award (best actor in a drama series for: Hannibal).
Slated for a 2017 release, Fifty Shades Darker will star Hugh as Dr. John Flynn alongside co-stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. Dr. John Flynn is Christian’s psychiatrist and friend.