Hugh Dancy (actor) currently stars in Hulu’s “The Path” opposite Michelle Monaghan and Aaron Paul. The show comes from executive producer Jason Katims and explores the unknown and mysterious world of the cult-like Meyerist Movement in upstate New York. Dancy plays Cal Roberts, the leader of the movement.
He most recently starred in NBC’s critically acclaimed series “Hannibal.” The drama, produced by Bryan Fuller, was based on the characters from Thomas Harris’s classic novels and followed the life of psychiatrist-turned-serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Dancy received two Critics’ Choice Award nominations for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Will Graham on the show.
On the big screen, he last starred in “Hysteria” opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal and the critically acclaimed film “Martha Marcy May Marlene” opposite Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson and John Hawkes.
Dancy was previously seen starring in “Adam” opposite Rose Byrne, in which he plays the title character, a young man with Asperger’s syndrome struggling to survive in New York City. His character’s life changes forever when he meets his new neighbor Beth (Byrne). “Adam” premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize. The film was released by Fox Searchlight on July 29, 2009; Dancy received rave reviews for his performance.
Dancy also starred in P.J. Hogan’s “Confessions of a Shopaholic” opposite Isla Fisher. The film was released by Disney/Buena Vista on February 14, 2009, and grossed over $100 million worldwide. His other film credits include “Our Idiot Brother,” “Evening,” “The Jane Austen Book Club,” “Beyond the Gates,” “King Arthur,” “Ella Enchanted,” “The Sleeping Dictionary,” “Black Hawk Down” and “Young Blades.”
In 2007, he starred in Tom Hooper’s critically acclaimed series “Elizabeth I” opposite Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons. He received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role as Earl of Essex; the series received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries as well as the 2007 Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
Dancy’s other television credits include “The Big C,” “Daniel Deronda,” “David Copperfield” and “Madame Bovary.”
Onstage, Dancy starred on Broadway in the Tony Award-nominated play “Venus in Fur” opposite Nina Arianda. For his performance, he was nominated for a 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play. He also starred in the MCC Theater’s off-Broadway production of “The Pride” opposite Ben Whishaw and Andrea Riesborough, and David Grindley’s “A Journey’s End” opposite Boyd Gaines, Jefferson Mays and Stark Sands, which won the 2007 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.
Dancy graduated with an English literature degree from St. Peter’s College, Oxford.