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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

Hugh Grant, 57, is about to get married for the first time 

The British actor is set to marry his Swedish girlfriend in a matter of weeks

British actor Hugh Grant (L) and Swedish producer Anna Eberstein (R) pose upon arrival at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards last year. Veteran bachelor Hugh Grant is getting married for the first time at the age of 57 to his Swedish girlfriend, 39-year-old television producer Anna Eberstein. AFP
British actor Hugh Grant (L) and Swedish producer Anna Eberstein (R) pose upon arrival at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards last year. Veteran bachelor Hugh Grant is getting married for the first time at the age of 57 to his Swedish girlfriend, 39-year-old television producer Anna Eberstein. AFP

Veteran bachelor Hugh Grant, the star of a string of romantic comedies including Four Weddings and a Funeral, is about to get married for the first time to his Swedish girlfriend.

Wedding banns for 57-year-old Grant and Anna Eberstein, 39, were published at the registry office of Chelsea Old Town Hall near the couple's home in Notting Hill.

"This is a day none of Hugh's friends ever thought would come," The Sun quoted a source as saying. "He will soon be a pensioner and has finally become a family man," the source told the tabloid.

The wedding is to take place in the coming weeks.

Actor Hugh Grant, top right, and his partner Anna Eberstein, top left, sit in the Royal Box in front of actor Bradley Cooper, below left, and his girlfriend model Irina Shayk during the Wimbledon final in London, Sunday, July 10, 2016. Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP Photo
Hugh Grant and Anna Eberstein sit in the Royal Box in Wimbledon in 2016. AP

Grant and Eberstein already have three children. He also had two children with former partner Tinglan Hong following a long relationship with actress Liz Hurley.

The British actor has been a leading privacy campaigner after his phone was hacked by Mirror Group reporters and he received a six-figure compensation earlier this year.

He received rave reviews on Monday for his performance as British politician Jeremy Thorpe, who was tried in 1979 for conspiring to murder his boyfriend, in the TV series A Very English Scandal.

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