Greg Wise, Biography and Who is He Married to?

Actor Greg Wise, who is soon to make his Strictly Come Dancing debut has been loyally by the side of much-loved British actress Emma Thompson for more than 25 years
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Who is Greg Wise and Who is He Married to?
Greg Wise. Photo: BBC

Greg Wise is an actor, writer and producer who is competing in the 2021 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

He starred in popular Netflix drama The Crown, playing Lord Louis Mountbatten in 2016, while having played Sir Charles Maulver in the 2007 five-part series of Cranford, according to Good To Know.

His breakout performance was playing the role of John Willoughby in 1995 film Sense and Sensibility, in which he starred alongside actress Emma Thompson.

Having been born in Newcastle in the late 1960s, Greg, 55, studied Architecture in Edinburgh while performing at Bedlam Theatre. He then went on to study drama at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Greg Wise is the latest surprise addition to the Strictly Come Dancing line-up.

Who is Greg Wise and Who is He Married to?
Greg Wise is the 10th celeb on the line-up. Photo: Getty Image

The 55-year-old actor was confirmed as part of the 2021 line-up on Wednesday’s edition of This Morning, alongside presenter and influencer Tilly Ramsay, as reported by Metro.

He has dedicated his Strictly stint to his late sister Clare Wise, saying: ‘My beautiful sister was a huge disco queen. She left our world almost exactly 5 years ago in a glitter ball coffin. This is for her. My gorgeous Diva sis, who would have been insane with excitement that her little bro was doing this.

‘I will channel her, as her bro can’t dance – but I’m thrilled to be dipping my toes, knees, hips and arms into this wonderful world, and hope to make her proud, and obviously make her laugh…’

Who is Greg Wise married to?

Greg Wise is married to actress Emma Thompson. The pair met back in 1995 on the set of the film Sense and Sensibility, a film they starred in together.

Emma’s relationship with her husband at the time, Kenneth Branagh, deteriorated and she was “depressed” and living alone when she started a relationship with her co-star Greg, Good to Know said.

Speaking about how Greg had “saved” her, Emma told BBC Radio 4, “Work saved me and Greg saved me. He picked up the pieces and put them together again.”

Who is Greg Wise and Who is He Married to?
Emma and Greg met on the set of Sense and Sensibility. Photo: Wireimage

Do Emma Thompson and Greg have kids?

Emma and Greg became parents to a daughter called Gaia, after Emma had IVF when she was 39.

They married in 2003 in Dunoon, Scotland and later that year they informally adopted a 16-year-old Rwandan orphan who was a former child soldier called Tindyebwa Agaba. They had met at a refugee council event and Emma invited him to spend Christmas at their home.

“Slowly he became a sort of permanent fixture, came on holiday to Scotland with us, became part of the family,” explained Emma.

He became a British citizen in 2009.

Who is Greg Wise and Who is He Married to?
The couple has two children together. Photo: Getty Image

And their family home is in West Hampstead, London – on the same road as Emma’s childhood home. But last year they indicated their intention to move to Italy permanently after they were sworn in as honorary citizens of Venice, and became legal residents as a result. They own a house in the city and retain a base in London.

Greg teamed up with his wife Emma to write the box-office hit film Last Christmas.

Emma split from husband Kenneth Branagh later in 1995 after the actor reportedly had an affair with Helena Bonham Carter, and in 2003, she married Greg – real name Matthew Gregory.

The couple have two children together, daughter Gaia, 21, who they conceived via IVF, and son Tindyebwa, 33, a Rwandan former child soldier who they informally adopted in 2016.

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