72 had auditioned for Hugh Grant Four Weddings role

More than 70 actors auditioned for Hugh Grant's breakthrough role in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Richard Curtis has revealed.

The role of Charles in the British rom-com swept Grant to stardom, and he went on to appear in the likes of Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary and Love Actually.

But Curtis, who wrote the 1994 hit film told the Radio Times: "Hugh Grant was, I think, the 72nd person we auditioned for the lead in Four Weddings, and was the first one to make it seem funny at all."