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In 1995 he released a second novel, The Hairdressers of St. His career was revitalised by his award-winning performance in My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), playing Julia Roberts's character's gay friend, followed by Madonna's character's best friend in The Next Best Thing (2000).
(Everett was a backup vocalist on her cover of "American Pie", which is on the film's soundtrack).
After being dismissed from the Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London) for insubordination, he travelled to Scotland and worked at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow.
Everett's break came in 1981 at the Greenwich Theatre and later West End production of Another Country, playing a gay schoolboy opposite Kenneth Branagh.
His first film was the Academy Award-winning short A Shocking Accident (1982), directed by James Scott and based on a Graham Greene story.
This was followed by a film version of Another Country in 1984 with Cary Elwes and Colin Firth.
He has also garnered media attention for his shocking comments and remarks during interviews that have caused public outrage.
In the documentary, titled The Victorian Sex Explorer, Everett explores the life of a man who investigated a male brothel frequented by British soldiers in Bombay in disguise; who introduced The Koran, One Thousand And One Nights and the Kama Sutra in their first English translations; who travelled to the city of Mecca, and kissed the Holy Stone of Kaaba in disguise as an Arab; and was able to converse in more than 20 languages. The godfather of the sexual revolution."The fact is that you could not be, and still cannot be, a 25-year-old homosexual trying to make it in the British film business or the American film business or even the Italian film business.
Everett explained in 2008: "I've been interested in him for years. It just doesn't work and you're going to hit a brick wall at some point.
He has a brother, Simon Anthony Cunningham Everett (born 1956).
His maternal grandfather, Vice Admiral Sir Hector Charles Donald Mac Lean, was a nephew of Scottish military man Hector Lachlan Stewart Mac Lean, who received the Victoria Cross.