Elizabeth Jane Hurley is an English model and actress who became known as a girlfriend of Hugh Grant in the 1990s.
Hurley was born in Basingstoke, Hampshire, the daughter of Angela Mary (née Titt) and Roy Leonard Hurley. Hurley was educated at local schools including Kempshott Infant School, Kempshott Junior School, and the Harriet Costello School. Aspiring to be a dancer as a young girl, she took ballet classes and later briefly studied dance and theatre at the London Studio Centre. While in her teens, she became involved with punk fashion, dying her hair pink and piercing her nose. She also reportedly associated with the New Age Travellers in her youth.#
Hurley started working as an actress in the late 1980s and became a model in 1995. During the 2000s, she worked as a reality television presenter in Britain.
In April 2005, Elizabeth Hurley Beach, her beachwear line that she also models every summer, was launched at Harrods in the UK. It debuted later that year in select Saks Fifth Avenue stores in the United States and other European countries. In May 2008, Hurley designed and modeled a capsule collection of 12 swimsuits for the Spanish clothes brand MANGO.