Rupert Everett was born in Norfolk, England to Major Anthony
Michael Everett and Sara MacLean, who was Scottish, and
descended from the baronets Vyvyan of Trelowarren and the German
Schmiedern barons. From the age of 7, he was educated by
Benedictine monks at Ampleforth College, but dropped out of
school at 15 and ran away to London to become an actor. In order
to support himself, Everett worked as a male prostitute, or
"rent boy," as Rupert later admitted to US magazine in 1997.
After dropping out of the Central School of Speech and Drama, he
traveled to Scotland and got a job in the avant-garde Citizens'
Theatre of Glasgow.
Rupert Everett's break came with the 1982 West End production of Another Country, playing a gay schoolboy opposite Kenneth Branagh, followed by a film version in 1984 with Colin Firth. He began to develop a promising film career, until he co-starred with Bob Dylan in the huge flop Hearts of Fire (1987).
In 1989 Rupert moved to Paris, writing a novel Hello, Darling, Are You Working? and coming out as gay, a move which some at the time perceived as damaging to his career. Returning to the public eye in The Comfort of Strangers (1990), several films of variable success followed. In 1995 Rupert Everett released a second novel, The Hairdresser of St. Tropez.
Rupert Everett's career was revitalized by My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), playing Julia Roberts's gay friend. In 1999, he played Madonna's gay best friend in The Next Best Thing (he also sang backup on her cover of American Pie, which is on the film's soundtrack). He has since appeared in a number of high-profile film roles, often playing heteros--ual leads. He also writes for Vanity Fair.
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