Elizabeth Jane Hurley (born 10 June 1965) is an English model and actress who became known as a girlfriend of Hugh Grant in the 1990s. In 1994, as Grant became the focus of worldwide media attention due to the global box office success of his film Four Weddings and a Funeral,Hurley accompanied him to the film's Los Angeles premiere in a plunging black Versace dress held together with gold safety pins, which gained her instant media attention.Hurley has been associated with the cosmetics company Estée Lauder for over fifteen years since the company awarded Hurley her first modelling job at the age of 29.They have featured her as a representative and model for its products, especially perfumes such as Sensuous, Intuition, and Pleasures, since 1995.As an actress, her best known cinematic works to date have been as Vanessa Kensington in Mike Myers' hit spy comedies, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) and as the Devil in Bedazzled (2000).Hurley currently owns an eponymous beachwear line.Hurley started working as an actress in the late 1980s and became a model in 1995. During the 2000s, she worked as a reality television presenter in Britain.
Hurley was a struggling actress in 1987, when she met Hugh Grant while working on a Spanish production called Remando Al Viento. While dating Hurley,Grant gained international notoriety for soliciting the services of a female prostitute in 1995. Hurley stood by him and accompanied Grant to the premiere of his movie Nine Months. After 13 years together, Hurley and Grant announced an "amicable" split in May 2000. According to The Guardian,Hurley was "then known as 'Hugh Grant's girlfriend,' now known as 'Hugh Grant's former girlfriend,'" due to the high-profile nature of their relationship.On 4 April 2002, Hurley gave birth to a son, Damian Charles Hurley.The baby's father, Steve Bing, denied paternity by alleging that he and Hurley had a brief, non-exclusive relationship in 2001.A DNA test, however, established Bing as the child's father.Hurley is godmother to Patsy Kensit's son Lennon and two of David Beckham and Victoria Beckham's sons (Brooklyn and Romeo).In late 2002, Hurley started dating Indian textile heir Arun Nayar, who has run a small software company since 1998.On 2 March 2007, Hurley and Nayar married at Sudeley Castle and then had a second traditional Hindu wedding at Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, India.The Indian celebrations included a sangeet at Nagaur Fortand a reception at Mehrangarh Fort.The wedding ceremonies, photos of which were sold to Hello! magazine for a reported £2 million,were attended by numerous celebrities, including Elton John, who gave Hurley away.Hurley, whose net worth was estimated at £13 million in 2003,resides on a 400-acre (1.6 km2) organic farm in Barnsley, Gloucestershire, with her son and husband.On 12 December 2010, following press reports linking her romantically with Australian cricketer Shane Warne,Hurley announced via her Twitter account that she and her husband Arun had separated several months earlier.Hurley filed for divorce on 2 April 2011, citing Nayar's "unreasonable behaviour" as the cause.Hurley is a supporter of the Conservative Party, and attended their 2010 fundraising ball.