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MONACO, January 27, 2017 – The Laureus World Sports Awards have been hosted by some of the most prominent Hollywood actors in recent history and this year is no different. Popular actor Hugh Grant has set aside his plans for Valentines evening this year and will host the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco on February 14.

Hugh will be hosting Laureus’ return to Monaco, where the very first Awards Ceremony was staged in 2000. It was there that President Mandela made his famous speech in which he said "sport has the power to change the world", an idea that became the driving force of the Laureus Sport for Good movement which has improved the lives of countless young people.

Hugh said: “As always this is a massive occasion for the world’s sporting community and I’m really delighted to be hosting the event, particularly in Monaco where it all started back in 2000. This isn’t just about who wins the Awards, it’s also about Laureus and its friends re-affirming their support for what Nelson Mandela said. I’m proud to be a part of that and to do what I can to help.”

Hugh has been critically acclaimed for a wide range of films in his hugely successful career, most recently Stephen Frears’ comedy Florence Foster Jenkins, in which he starred opposite Meryl Streep. He won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for his performance in Four Weddings and a Funeral, and was nominated for Golden Globes for Notting Hill and About a Boy.

Among his many other film credits are The Rewrite, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the critically acclaimed drama Cloud Atlas, Bridget Jones’ Diary, and its sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, the comedy hit Love Actually and Two Weeks Notice opposite Sandra Bullock.