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Harpers & Queen, January 1987, ‘Queen’s Counsel: New faces for 1987’: the three unknown new stars of Maurice, profiled on the Maurice set by Mira Stout

The third and last of my H&Q Maurice posts. And probably the least popular – because who on Tumblr loves Clive Durham? (A few kind souls do, actually, but you know what I mean.)

But we do learn one reason why Hugh may have remained slightly aloof from James’ and Rupert’s adorable on-set goofing (see posts 1/3 and 2/3) and didn’t form a close friendship the way James and Rupert did. Hugh, it seems, was otherwise occupied… ;)

1/3 James Wilby (and more info) here

2/3 Rupert Graves here (with his own graphic, but the style is different from those above)


‘Where Wilby is open-natured, Hugh Grant’s Clive is disarmingly shut. Among the assets he brings to this cerebral, slippery-hearted and rather constipated role are wit and an amazing head of hair (his beauty and ruthless flirting caused consternation among the girls on set, who went to extraordinary lengths to pursue him). Grant, 26, went to Oxford, where he says he was “a prat”, constantly gatecrashing parties; he neglected his studies, but did win his first film role, as Lord Adrian in Privileged, which was followed by a smattering of television. “I cast him for his intelligence, his humour and his accent,” says James Ivory. Grant also belongs to a comedy revue group, the Jockeys of Norfolk, who have worked with Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones,* and will be seen on Tyne Tees television later this year.’

*Note: Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones were big names in British TV comedy in the 1980s, thanks to the sketch shows Not the Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones.

New edits/graphics by me.

Harpers & Queen, January 1987, ‘Queen’s Counsel: New faces for 1987’: the three unknown new stars of Maurice, profiled on the Maurice set by Mira Stout

In January 1987, Harpers & Queen magazine reported from the set of James Ivory’s Maurice with three short profiles of the film’s (then totally unknown) leading actors: James Wilby, Hugh Grant and Rupert Graves.

Tumblr has already seen photographer Perry Ogden’s gorgeous group portrait of James, Rupert and Hugh – but not the text that accompanied it. The actor profiles are quirky, charming, and include some surprises that (as an all-time Maurice fan since 1987) I’d not seen before. So I’m sharing them in a trio of posts.


‘Wilby, 28, is the most highly trained, having been at RADA for three years, and came straight to the set of Maurice from Jane Eyre at Chichester [Festival Theatre]. He played the role of Barclay, the head of house, in the West End production of Another Country, and appeared in the films Dreamchild and Privileged, but this is his first real break. With his clean-limbed elegance and slightly vulnerable gaze, Wilby has the quality of a flawed golden boy, and according to James Ivory he is ‘the perfect Maurice: he suggests an English Everyman. I chose him for his extraordinary look of purity’. Born in Rangoon [Burma: now Yangon, Myanmar], and educated at Sedburgh [public school] and Durham [University], Wilby has manic energy, playing the piano in a romantic way between takes, chain-smoking, and driving his Fiat like a madman.’

New edits/graphics by me.

2/3 Rupert Graves here

3/3 Hugh Grant here