Richard E. Grant
Birth Name: Richard Grant Esterhuysen
Place of Birth: Mbabane, Swaziland (now Eswatini)
Date of Birth: 5 May, 1957
Ethnicity: Afrikaner [Dutch, possibly other], German, English, possibly Hungarian
Richard E. Grant is a Swaziland-born English actor, screenwriter, director, and perfumier.
Richard was born in Mbadane, Swaziland. At the time, the African country was a British protectorate, after the British victory there in the Second Boer War (1899-1902).
Richard is the son of Leonne “Leonie”, a ballet teacher, and Henrik Abraham Esterhuysen, the head of education in the British Protectorate of Swaziland, who continued on in the position in the post-Colonial government. His father was of Afrikaner/Dutch descent. His mother is South African, and has German ancestry.
Richard has said that he considers his father to have been English, and also that he has Hungarian ancestry. It is not clear if this is accurate.
Richard took on his stage surname after moving to the U.K. to become an actor.
Richard is married to voice coach Joan Washington, with whom he has a daughter.
Richard’s childhood in Swaziland is depicted in his book The Wah-Wah Diaries (2006), and in the film Wah-Wah (2005), where a fictionalized version of Richard as a teenager is played by Nicholas Hoult.