Just a famous actor sitting in front of a judge: Hugh Grant’s presentation of self in the Leveson inquiry

Journal article

Millington, L. (2023). Just a famous actor sitting in front of a judge: Hugh Grant’s presentation of self in the Leveson inquiry. Celebrity Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/19392397.2022.2159672
AuthorsMillington, L.

With its attempts at humour, loosely controlled expressive behaviour and balance of haughtiness and deference, Hugh Grant’s testimony for the Leveson inquiry is rich territory for the analysis of celebrity self-presentation that complicates the dichotomous paradigm of ‘persona’ versus ‘veridical self’. Through detailed analysis of Grant’s physicality and use of prosody, this article focuses on his performance of status and use of humour during the cross-examination. These are contextualised within his diegetic and interview performances to argue that in this presentation of self, Grant showcases his comedic performance technique but seems less concerned with presenting a signature set of mannerisms, which scholars have noted conventional star performance entails. Rather, Grant performs his celebrity status through a posture of stiff hauteur, which enables the humour in his self-deprecating remarks, both of which are key elements of his persona.

KeywordsCultural Studies
JournalCelebrity Studies
PublisherInforma UK Limited
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/19392397.2022.2159672
Publication dates
Online04 Jan 2023
Publication process dates
Accepted05 May 2022
Deposited06 Mar 2023
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Celebrity Studies on 04/01/2023, available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/19392397.2022.2159672

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