Four Weddings and a Funeral writer Richard Curtis has said he thought Hugh Grant was too good-looking to play the lead role in the romcom.

Curtis' comments come after Grant said on The Graham Norton Show: "I think they wanted someone rather more middle of the road and thought I was too hoity-toity posh. But I got the part in the end because I don't think they could find anyone else!"

Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Curtis said he didn't initially want Grant for the role because the lead wasn't supposed to be good-looking. 

"The absolutely key thing for that film when I was writing it was that the person who was playing the lead would not be good-looking. That was the absolute starting thesis of the film," he said.

He continued: "So when we'd auditioned every single young person in the country and we were voting, me, Mike [Newell, director] and Duncan [Kenworthy, producer], two people voted for Hugh – that was them. And I voted for someone else."

May 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the release of Four Weddings and a Funeral.