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Why Hugh Grant's PM In 'Love Actually' Is The Perfect Man, Actually

Joanna Freedman

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Why Hugh Grant's PM In 'Love Actually' Is The Perfect Man, Actually

Featured Image Credit: Studio Canal

If you asked a room full of people what qualities they look for in their perfect man, you'd likely get a handful of the same responses.

They'd say, "smart, tall, dark and handsome." You know, like pretty much every protagonist in a rom-com.

But there's one movie heart-throb who is all that and so much more. He's politically engaged, adorably dorky, sensitive, a family man, polite, a hopeless romantic and - most importantly - he knows how to bust a move.

If you haven't guessed already, we are, of course, talking about Hugh Grant's Love Actually Prime Minister, David.

Hugh Grant plays Prime Minister David (Credit: Studio Canal)
Hugh Grant plays Prime Minister David (Credit: Studio Canal)

Now we know that all the sub-plots in the Richard Curtis Christmas classic are far from perfect.

Sure, that Andrew Lincoln's poster-board scene is unquestionably creepy, and Colin and his "big kn*b" would no doubt have been laughed out of America. But every year when Hugh Grant lands on our screens, David truly restores our faith in men.

With Christmas in full swing, your Love Actually binge will no doubt be around the corner. But here's a reminder of why he's the ultimate heart-throb, just in case you need it.

He's just a normal guy

Hugh Grant's character is adorably awkward (Credit: Studio Canal)
Hugh Grant's character is adorably awkward (Credit: Studio Canal)

Too often in rom-coms, the male heart-throbs can be un-relatable, un-attainable and just downright over-confident. Look at Hugh Grant's Daniel Cleaver in Bridget Jones' Diary if you don't believe us.

And given that David is literally the Prime Minister, it's even more impressive how down-to-earth he is.

When he first enters 10 Downing Street, he's clearly not comfortable being waited on by the hordes of staff and he insists everybody calls him by his first name. Plus, we'll never get the sweet moment he knocks on every door on Natalie's street and bumbles his way through a chat with the locals. It's adorably awkward.

The way he stands up to the president is hot AF

Normal he might be, but David also isn't afraid to speak his mind and hold people to account. Remember when he totally owned the US President and gave him the ultimate badass warning about the state of their "special relationship?"

You tell 'em.

He backs Natalie's against her awful ex

He stands by Natalie against her ex (Credit: Studio Canal)
He stands by Natalie against her ex (Credit: Studio Canal)

Let's be honest, there's nothing sexier than your new man backing you against your scumbag ex.

And David goes one step further, even joking that he could have Natalie's killed when he hears he said her thighs were "as big as tree trunks".

Perhaps a bit far, we'll admit, but we love his loyalty.

His hilarious dad dancing

Hugh Grant's dad dancing will go down through the ages (Credit: Studio Canal)
Hugh Grant's dad dancing will go down through the ages (Credit: Studio Canal)

In our humble opinion, David's dad dancing is not only the best thing about him but the best thing about Love Actually as a whole.

We love a man who doesn't take himself too seriously, and who can blame him for wanting to bust a move to Jump! by The Pointer Sisters? Imagine him busting out those moves at the wedding....

He's a family man

David is a family man (Credit: Studio Canal)
David is a family man (Credit: Studio Canal)

Most importantly, David's a family man, too. Remember his bond with Emma Thompson's character Karen?

Even after he absolutely owns the US President he's on the phone to her moments later discussing her son's eight legged octopus costume for the school nativity.

And sure, he might not have meant to attend the school play, but he certainly gave his nephew a show to remember!

Just look at him...

David is the rom-com heart-throb of the century (Credit: Studio Canal)
David is the rom-com heart-throb of the century (Credit: Studio Canal)

We rest our case.

Joanna Freedman
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