The British comedy from director Roger Michell tells the love story between a famous actress and a simple book seller from London. A look into the attempt for famous people to have a personal and private life and the ramifications that follow. Nominated for three Golden Globes in 2000.
William “Will” Thacker (Hugh Grant) owns an independent travel bookshop in Notting Hill. He is divorced and shares his house with an eccentric, uninhibited Welshman named Spike (Rhys Ifans).
Will encounters Hollywood superstar Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) when she enters his shop to buy a book. Minutes later, they collide in the street and his orange juice spills on her clothes. Will offers his house nearby for Anna to change. Afterwards she surprises him with a kiss.
Days later, Spike remembers that “some American girl called Anna” had phoned and mentioned a “completely different name”. Anna is at the Ritz Hotel, under the name “Flintstone”. Will is allowed in, but her press interviews are running late and he is mistaken for a journalist. (In panic he claims he works for Horse & Hound.) He has to interview the cast of Anna’s new film Helix, which he has not seen. After the interviews, Anna calls him back in and says she has cancelled her evening appointment and can now go out with him. Will is delighted, before remembering that his sister Honey (Emma Chambers) is about to have a birthday party; Anna surprises him by saying she will go as his date.