Hugh Michael Horace Dancy (born 19 June 1975) is an English actor who rose to prominence for his role as the titular character in the television film adaptation of David Copperfield (2000) as well as for roles in feature films as Sfc. Kurt Schmid in Black Hawk Down (2001) and Prince Charmont in Ella Enchanted (2004). Other film roles include Joe Conner in Shooting Dogs (2005), Grigg Harris in The Jane Austen Book Club (2007), Luke Brandon in Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009), Adam Raki in Adam (2009) and Ted in Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011). On television, he portrayed criminal profiler Will Graham in the NBC television series Hannibal (2013–2015), Cal Roberts in the Hulu original series The Path (2016–2018) and Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex in the Channel 4 miniseries Elizabeth I (2005), the latter role earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.
Dancy met American actress Claire Danes on the set of Evening in Newport, Rhode Island, and they began dating. In February 2009, they announced their engagement. The couple married in France in 2009 in a secret ceremony. They have two children together, Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy, born on 17 December 2012, and a second son, Rowan, born on 27 August 2018.They live in the West Village neighbourhood of New York City.
Dancy was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, and raised in Newcastle-under-Lyme. His mother, Sarah Ann Dancy (née Birley; b. 1952), works in academic publishing. His father is philosophy professor Jonathan Dancy (born 8 May 1946), who teaches at the University of Reading and at the University of Texas at Austin.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, Dancy was educated at Edenhurst Preparatory School in Newcastle-under-Lyme. At age 10, Dancy attended boarding school at the Dragon School in Oxford, then, at 13 at Winchester College. 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 at St Peter's College, Oxford.
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The Good Fight
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The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
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Martha Marcy May Marlene
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Our Idiot Brother
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The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
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Confessions of a Shopaholic
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Blood and Chocolate
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An American Crime
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The Jane Austen Book Club
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Basic Instinct 2
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The Magical World of Ella Enchanted
A limited edition behind the scenes special discussing Ella Enchanted with Anne Hathaway and Hugh Dancy.
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The Sleeping Dictionary
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Black Hawk Down
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