Hugh Grant made the congregation cry by having "cheerful" music at his mother's funeral.

The 'Notting Hill' actor's mum, Fynvola, died of pancreatic cancer in 2001 aged 66, and he has now spoken about how she was "very classy and funny" in the way she faced the disease.

He revealed: "She said, 'I don't want anyone having any fun,' and insisted on very, very sad music. So I had the organist, at the very end of the funeral, having played all this sad Bach, play cheerful tunes from 'Salad Days'. That is what made everyone cry." Hugh, 50, also joked he thought his mother, who was a teacher, was suitably prepared for having a disease because of her love of TV shows about health.

He added: "She was one of these women who loved TV medical dramas. She was virtually born to have a terminal disease!"

On a more serious note, the 'Notting Hill' actor also praised all the people who gave medical care to Fynvola, in particular the cancer nurses from the Marie Curie care charity, who treat terminal patients.

He added: "The nurses were just fantastic, whether the normal NHS nurses or the Marie Curie nurses whose entire life is spent sitting in the dark with someone who is dying. They almost earn nothing, but if I put them next to my hedge fund friends I know who is happier."

The actor has also made a pledge of £100,000 to website healthtalkonline.org, saying he feels the resources they provide would have benefitted his mother if they had been available at the time.