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Born June 19, 1975, in Staffordshire, England, to a philosophy professor father and a publisher mother, Hugh Dancy studied English literature at Oxford University. After graduating, he made numerous appearances on British television shows, including "Dangerfield," "Kavanagh QC" and "Cold Feet."

Dancy gained greater recognition with title roles in the BBC adaptations of Charles Dickens's David Copperfield and George Eliot's Daniel Deronda. He then made the move to Hollywood films with his portrayal of a medic in Ridley Scott's war drama Black Hawk Down.

Next came leading roles in Tempo, opposite Melanie Griffith and Rachael Leigh Cook; The Sleeping Dictionary, with Jessica Alba; and Ella Enchanted, opposite Anne Hathaway. In 2005, Dancy appeared in the critically acclaimed made-for-TV movie Elizabeth I (with Helen Mirren) and earned an Emmy nod for his role as the Earl of Essex.

Hugh Dancy in Basic Instinct 2

Basic Instinct 2

2006 UR

Charged with the murder of her fiancé, seductive novelist Catherine faces questioning from Scotland Yard-appointed psychiatrist Michael Glass, who has the training to withstand her mind games but may not possess the willpower.

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