Notting Hillis a 1999 British romantic comedy film set in Notting Hill , London, released on 21 May 1999. The screenplay was by Richard Curtis , who had writtenFour Weddings and a Funeral(1994), and the film was produced by Duncan Kenworthy and directed by Roger Michell . The film stars Hugh Grant , Julia Roberts , Rhys Ifans , Emma Chambers , Tim McInnerny , Gina McKee , and Hugh Bonneville .
Notting Hillwas well received by critics and became the highest grossing British film released that year. The film won a BAFTA , was nominated in two other categories, and won other awards, including a British Comedy Award and a Brit Award for the soundtrack.
William "Will" Thacker owns an independent book store, The Travel Book Co. in Notting Hill . He is divorced and shares his house with an eccentric, care-free Welshman named Spike.
Will encounters Hollywood superstar Anna Scott when she enters his shop. Minutes later, they collide in the street and his drink spills on her clothes. Will offers his house nearby for Anna to change. Before leaving, she impulsively kisses him.
Days later, Anna leaves him a message that she is at the Ritz Hotel . Will is mistaken for a journalist—in a panic he claims he works forHorse & Hound, and is made to interview the cast of Anna's new sci-fi film , which he has not seen. Anna calls him back in and says she has cleared her evening for him. Will is exhilarated, before remembering that he is expected at his sister Honey's birthday party; Anna surprises him by saying she will join him as his date.
At the house of Max and Bella, Anna feels at home as she share stories with the small group of birthday party guests. She and Will share a moment in a private garden square . The next day they go to a restaurant, where Will overhears Anna being spoken of in salacious terms and defends her. Anna invites Will to her room at the Ritz, but her American boyfriend, film star Jeff King, has arrived unannounced. Will pretends to be a room-service waiter and Jeff is very dismissive towards him. Anna is apologetic and embarrassed; she thought King had broken up with her. Will realizes he must end things with Anna. Over the next six months, Max and Bella set Will up on a series of blind dates (the last with someone who is "perfect, absolutely perfect"), hoping to help him move on from Anna.