Grant received an offer from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London to pursue a Ph D in the history of art, but decided not to take the offer because he failed to secure a grant.
Viewing acting as nothing more than a creative outlet, Bored with small acting parts, he created his own comedy revue called The Jockeys of Norfolk, a name taken from Shakespeare's Richard III, with friends Chris Lang and Andy Taylor.
Hallmarks of his comic skills include a nonchalant touch of irony/sarcasm and studied physical mannerisms, as well as his precisely-timed dialogue delivery and facial expressions.
The entertainment media's coverage of Grant's life off the big screen has often overshadowed his work as an actor.
Although I owe whatever success I've had to Four Weddings and a Funeral, it did become frustrating after a bit that people made two assumptions: One was that I was that character – when in fact nothing could be further from the truth, as I'm sure Richard would tell you – and the other frustrating thing was that they thought that's all I could do.