Star Hugh enjoys Suffolk golfing break
FILM star Hugh Grant proved just as amiable off-screen as he is on it after touching down on Suffolk's Heritage Coast to enjoy a spot of golf.The actor, whose films include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones and Notting Hill, was in relaxed mood as he arrived by helicopter at the popular holiday village of Thorpeness, near Aldeburgh, on Thursday for a couple of days' golfing with friends.
FILM star Hugh Grant proved just as amiable off-screen as he is on it after touching down on Suffolk's Heritage Coast to enjoy a spot of golf.
The actor, whose films include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones and Notting Hill, was in relaxed mood as he arrived by helicopter at the popular holiday village of Thorpeness, near Aldeburgh, on Thursday for a couple of days' golfing with friends.
A party of 20 men, including the BAFTA and Golden Globe award-winning comedy actor, teed off at Aldeburgh golf club on Friday, and Thorpeness on Saturday.
The 44-year-old has earned millions with a string of British and Hollywood movies since his big break with romantic comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral.
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He is a keen golfer, and met up with a group of non-celebrity friends, some of whom were thought to be from the City.
They stayed at the three-star Brudenell Hotel, overlooking the sea at Aldeburgh, where they relaxed and dined following their days out on the green.
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Grahame Tinnion, operations director for Thorpeness and Aldeburgh Hotels, which owns the Brudenell, said the party were “all good friends”.
“When they finished golf they came back and just relaxed with us. They were just very low-key and sat on the terrace and ate in the restaurant.”
True to his screen image as a likeable and friendly character, Hugh chatted amiably with other guests and hotel staff.
“He was a genuinely nice guy,” said Mr Tinnion.
All of the party appeared to be keen golfers and were up early to get out onto the green for a round of golf, he said.
“He told me he had been here many years ago,” he said. “He seemed to thoroughly enjoy his time with us.”
Simon Reeve, assistant professional at the Aldeburgh golf club, said the star was a good golfer with a handicap of seven and the party played all day, lunching at the club.
“Apparently they play a match every year and they just chose to be at Aldeburgh and Thorpeness this year,” he said. “He said he had a great time. He really enjoyed Aldeburgh and loved it. He said he would probably come back again.”
It is not the first time the Four Weddings star has been spotted along the East Anglian coast. Two years ago, he was with a group at the Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club for a golfing break.