Sunday, 13 June 2021

Withnail star’s a late booking for festival

WITHNAIL and I star Richard E Grant will be swapping Hollywood for Henley next month —

WITHNAIL and I star Richard E Grant will be swapping Hollywood for Henley next month — as a late addition to the town’s literary festival.

The actor, who recently joined the cast of

Game of Thrones
, will be appearing at the Henley Literary Festival on Saturday, October 3, at 7pm.

Since his breakthrough in

Withnail and I
, which was produced by George Harrison’s HandMade Films, Grant has worked with directors Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Altman and Martin Scorsese and starred alongside everyone from Meryl Streep to the Spice Girls.

More recently he has appeared in

Downton Abbey
and launched his own unisex perfume.

One of the most recognisable and respected actors of the last 30 years, Grant is coming to Henley with the Picador Classic edition of his acclaimed book of film diaries,

With Nails

, which features a foreword by Steve Martin.

The event, at Henley’s Christ Church Centre, will be chaired by journalist and

Loose Women
presenter Jane Moore.

It will be followed at 9pm by another recent addition to the line-up, a tribute to the late Reginald Perrin creator David Nobbs with Barry Cryer, Jonathan Coe and Eleanor Bron.

Grant joins a line-up for the September 28 to October 4 festival that features more than 150 events for adults and children — including

Sex and the City
creator Candace Bushnell, singer Tracey Thorn, Hugless Douglas, Green MP Caroline Lucas and Ben Fogle.

Festival programming director Tom Ryan said: "I’m delighted that Richard E Grant is able to join our line-up of speakers from stage and screen that already included Barry Cryer, Pam St Clement, Brian Blessed and Virginia McKenna, with such a highly rated memoir."

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