Rupert Everett is an English actor best known for his roles as "the gay friend" opposite Julia Roberts in My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) and opposite Madonna in The Next Best Thing (2000).
He rarely ventures into serial television - his only roles to date are guest appearances on Strangers, Play For Today, The Agatha Christie Hour and Boston Legal.
He has however acted in the mini-series Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) in 2003, in which he played the lead role of Vicomte Sébastien de Valmont; and has appeared in the following made-for-TV movies:
The Manhood of Edward Robinson (1981) (screen debut)
Princess Daisy (1983)
Arthur the King (1985)
The Wall: Live in Berlin (1990)
Mr. Ambassador (2003)
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (2004)
Everett is much better known for his work in film, having appeared in movies such as Another Country (1984), The Comfort of Strangers (1990), Prêt-à-Porter (1994), The Madness of King George (1994), B. Monkey (1998), An Ideal Husband (1999), Inspector Gadget (1999), The Importance of Being Earnest (2002), To Kill a King (2003), and Separate Lies (2005).
In recent years he has voiced several high-profile animated roles, in movies such as Shrek 2 (2004), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), and Shrek the Third (2007).
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 he moved to Paris, writing a novel Hello, Darling, Are You Working? and came 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 he released a second novel, The Hairdresser of St. Tropez.
In 2006 Everett published his memoir, Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins. In it he revealed he had had a 6-year affair with British television presenter Paula Yates.
"I am mystified by my heterosexual affairs — but then I am mystified by most of my relationships," he said, with the article describing him as bisexual as opposed to homosexual.
But in a radio show with Jonathan Ross, Everett described his heterosexual affairs as resulting from adventurousness: "I was basically adventurous, I think I wanted to try everything."