LONDON – Londoners who responded to a knock at the door of their house in recent days may have been surprised to see a familiar face that smiled at them: Hugh Grant, one of the most recognized actors in the country, who left his mark as clumsy and Clumsy protagonist of romantic comedies.
But Mr. Grant, who played the famous prime minister role from door to door in "Love Actually,quot;, this time he was not looking for a lost love. I was looking for votes.
Celebrities have long entered the political arena, throwing the weight of their public figures behind the candidates and the causes. But Grant has become one of the most active and active before Britain's general elections on December 12, hitting the pavement with candidates who differ ideologically but who agree that Britain must remain in the European Union.
He has campaigned with candidates for Parliament in at least four different constituencies in the London area, and has been seen on the city's underground trains, heading to and from political events.
In a climate where anger and exhaustion over the unresolved issue of Brexit have left Britain divided as never before, the reception of Mr. Grant's efforts has been mixed.
Instead of campaigning for a particular party, he is instead asking for a strategic vote to prevent the Conservative Party of Prime Minister Boris Johnson from winning a majority, supporting the candidate in each race who believes he has the best chance of beating the Conservatives.
Grant is not the first celebrity to ask for Johnson's end of office, but he has been one of the most prominent, and possibly the busiest, in the weeks of scrutiny before the election.
This week, he was campaigning alongside Dominic Grieve, a former conservative legislator who refused to support Mr. Johnson's Brexit plans, was expelled from the party and is now running for office as an independent. In a campaign video for Mr. Grieve, Mr. Grant detailed his reasons for supporting it
"For the first time in my life, I am becoming politically active, because I believe that the country is on the verge of a true abyss," he said, leaving the European Union without a trade agreement. He described what he said it would be "the catastrophe of a Brexit without agreement,quot; under Mr. Johnson.
Talking to voters on Monday while scrutinizing with Chuka Umunna, a titular liberal democrat, offered the same message: that the only way to avoid a disastrous withdrawal from the block is to overcome conservative candidates.
"I am wandering around London and the suburbs, hitting the drum over tactical voting, because I believe that in the absence of a full alliance, that is our only hope as voters," he said.
Last week, Mr. Grant was scrutiny with Luciana Berger, a legislator who joined the liberal Democrats this year. He resigned from the Labor Party before receiving anti-Semitic abuses.
This week, he was in Chingford, northeast London, campaigning with Faiza Shaheen, a Labor candidate, at a subway station, where he handed out leaflets and talked to the voters.
While some have applauded his defense, others have criticized the actor for an approach that focuses only on one issue: Brexit. And some saw his decision to campaign with Ms. Berger's candidates and Labor as hypocrites, and interrupted him while he surveyed with Ms. Shaheen.
He is also using his followers of nearly half a million on Twitter to pressure voters to lend their support to candidates who ask that Britain remain part of the European Union.
His brazen approach to social networks has attracted attention since August, when his A Twitter post loaded with expletives, which criticized a controversial Mr. Johnson Brexit maneuver, attracted hundreds of thousands of reactions.
But Mr. Grant also received a fair share of online abuse as a result of his activism. In response to the violent reaction he received since he began investigating, some of whom mentioned a previous arrest for requesting a prostitute, Grant made the unusual decision to publish his infamous 1995 police photo on his Twitter account on Thursday night. .
"To my dear trolls,quot; he wrote. "I hope this is useful,quot;.
But he is not alone in using his platform as a defender of the candidates. Liam Gallagher, the former leader of Oasis, told the British media that he would vote for the Green Party to promote climate justice.
Rob Delaney, an American comedian, has openly expressed his support for the Labor Party and his support for the British National Health Service. In a campaign video, detailed his experience with the health system, describing the diagnosis of his young son and the eventual death of a brain tumor, and said Labor's commitment to preserve the service was a reason to vote for the party.
British comedian Eddie Izzard, who has long been an open advocate for Labor, again sought the candidates of his party. Lily Allen, the British singer, and Stormzy, the best-known dirt artist in Britain, have also expressed their support for Labor.
American actor Danny DeVito urged fans to vote for Labor. at a movie premiere this year, and He made clear his support for the party while he was in London in 2017.
While conservatives certainly count celebrities among their fans, they have been less visible in this campaign. The party did not respond on Friday to a request for information about celebrities campaigning with their candidates.
But the lack of outstanding celebrity endorsement does not seem to be affecting the popularity of the party. Although recent surveys have shown that Labor narrows the gap, conservatives have maintained a broad advantage.