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Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie
Laurie performing in May 2012
Born James Hugh Calum Laurie
(1959-06-11) 11 June 1959
Oxford, England
Alma mater Selwyn College, Cambridge
Occupation Actor, writer, director, musician, singer, comedian, author
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s) Jo Green (m. 1989)
Children 3
Website .comhughlaurieblues
Hugh Laurie's voice
Recorded June 2013 from the BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs

James Hugh Calum Laurie, OBE (born 11 June 1959), known professionally as Hugh Laurie (), is an English actor, writer, director, musician, singer, comedian, and author. He first became known as one-half of the Fry and Laurie double act with his friend and comedy partner Stephen Fry, whom he joined in the cast of A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Blackadder, and Jeeves and Wooster in the 1980s and 1990s.

From 2004 to 2012, he played Dr. Gregory House, the protagonist of House, for which he received two Golden Globe awards, two Screen Actors Guild awards, and six Emmy nominations. He was listed in the 2011 Guinness World Records as the most watched leading man on television and was one of the highest-paid actors in a television drama, earning £250,000 ($409,000) per episode in House.[1][2]


  • Early life 1
    • Education 1.1
  • Acting career 2
  • Music career 3
  • Writing 4
  • Personal life 5
  • Film and TV roles 6
  • Discography 7
    • Albums 7.1
    • Singles 7.2
    • Featured singles 7.3
    • Other charting songs 7.4
    • Music videos 7.5
    • DVDs/Blu-ray 7.6
  • Awards 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Early life

Laurie was born in gold medal in the coxless pairs (rowing) at the 1948 London Games.[3][7]

Laurie's parents, who were of Scottish descent, attended St. Columba's Presbyterian Church of England (now United Reformed Church)[8] in Oxford.[9][10][11] He notes that "belief in God didn't play a large role in my home, but a certain attitude to life and the living of it did".[3] He followed this by stating, "pleasure was something that was treated with great suspicion, pleasure was something that... I was going to say it had to be earned but even the earning of it didn't really work. It was something to this day, I mean, I carry that with me. I find pleasure a difficult thing; I don't know what you do with it, I don't know where to put it."[3] He has stated, "I don't believe in God, but I have this idea that if there were a God, or destiny of some kind looking down on us, that if he saw you taking anything for granted he'd take it away".[12]


Laurie was brought up in Oxford and attended the Dragon School from ages seven to 13 and notes that he "was, in truth, a horrible child. Not much given to things of a bookey nature, [he] spent a large part of [his] youth smoking Number Six and cheating in French vocabulary tests."[13]

Laurie went on to Eton College, which he describes as "the most private of private schools."[3] He attributes his attending Selwyn College at Cambridge University, as "a result of family tradition" as his "father went to Cambridge and I applied to the same college."[3] Laurie notes his father had a successful bout as an oarsman at Cambridge and that he was "trying to follow in his father's footsteps."[3] He studied for a degree in archaeology and anthropology, specialising in social anthropology.[14]

A building in the Tudor style with a courtyard in front
Eton College: Laurie's alma mater

Like his father, Laurie was an oarsman at school and university;[3] in 1977, he was a member of the junior coxed pair that won the British national title before representing Britain's Youth Team at the 1977 Junior World Rowing Championships. In 1980, Laurie and his rowing partner, J.S. Palmer, were runners-up in the Silver Goblets[15] coxless pairs for Eton Vikings rowing club.

Later, Laurie also achieved a Blue while taking part in the 1980 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.[16] Cambridge lost that year by five feet.[17] During this time, Laurie was training for up to eight hours a day and was on course to become an Olympic-standard rower.[18] Laurie is a member of Leander Club, one of the oldest rowing clubs in the world. He was also a member of the Hermes Club and the Hawks' Club.[3]

Acting career

Forced to abandon rowing during a bout of glandular fever (mononucleosis), Laurie joined the Cambridge Footlights,[19] the university dramatic club that has produced many well-known actors and comedians. There he met Emma Thompson, with whom he had a romantic relationship; the two remain good friends.[3] She introduced him to his future comedy partner, Stephen Fry. Laurie, Fry and Thompson later parodied themselves as the University Challenge representatives of "Footlights College, Oxbridge" in "Bambi", an episode of The Young Ones, with the series' co-writer Ben Elton completing their team.

In 1980–81, his final year at university, besides rowing, Laurie was president of the Footlights, with Thompson as vice-president. They took their annual revue, The Cellar Tapes, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and won the first Perrier Comedy Award. The revue was written principally by Laurie and Fry, and the cast also included Thompson, Tony Slattery, Paul Shearer and Penny Dwyer. He states that he did not graduate from Cambridge.[3] The Perrier Award led to a West End transfer for The Cellar Tapes and a television version of the revue, broadcast in May 1982. It resulted in Laurie, Fry and Thompson being selected, along with Ben Elton, Robbie Coltrane and Siobhan Redmond to write and appear in a new sketch comedy show for Granada Television, Alfresco, which ran for two series.

Cultural offices
Preceded by
Jan Ravens
Footlights President
Succeeded by
Tony Slattery
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  2. ^ Kaplan, Don. "Ashton Kutcher tops Forbes' highest-paid TV actor list, followed by Hugh Laurie and Ray Romano – NY Daily News". Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
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  4. ^ """House Star Hugh Laurie Supports "Save the Children. Save the Children. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
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  6. ^ a b "Faces of the week". BBC. 20 January 2006. Retrieved 13 May 2008. 
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  8. ^ "Our History". St Columba's United Reformed Church, Oxford. 
  9. ^ Strauss, Neil (5 April 2007). "Dr. Feelbad". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 13 May 2008. 
  10. ^ "Scottish News". The Sun. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Hugh Laurie interview". Telegraph. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  12. ^ Man about the House, The Daily Telegraph, 28 October 2007.
  13. ^ "Hugh Laurie: Wodehouse Saved my Life". The Daily Telegraph. 25 May 1999. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "Welcome back to Selwyn! – Selwyn College" (PDF). Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
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  17. ^ Husband, Stuart (3 June 2009). "Hugh Laurie interview at". The Daily Telegraph. UK. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  18. ^ Hugh Laurie – the Super Fit Athlete and Actor, MotleyHealth, 18 December 2011.
  19. ^ "The Tatler List". Tatler. 
  20. ^ LETTERS FROM A BOMBER PILOT (1985)" at""". 16 April 2009. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  21. ^ Billboard 7 December 2002 Billboard. Retrieved 7 November 2011
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  23. ^ a b Bill, Carter (11 April 2010). "Tormented Doctor Turns to Directing". New York Times. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
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  27. ^ "Hugh Laurie in The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror XXI": B-Roll". youtube. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 
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  29. ^ "Hugh Laurie won't be in the RoboCop reboot". Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
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  31. ^ Whitty, Stephen (5 October 2012). The Oranges' review: Lust and found in New Jersey"'".  
  32. ^ Woerner, Meredith (3 March 2013). "Leaked plot to Brad Bird's Tomorrowland sounds like Disney's Brave New World". Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  33. ^ "Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston to Star in The Night Manager". BBC. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  34. ^ Lesley Goldberg (30 October 2014). "'"AMC Lands Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston Limited Series 'Night Manager. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  35. ^ a b "Down by the River" in Perspectives, broadcast on UK's ITV 15 May 2011.
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  37. ^ "Hang Cool Teddy Bear by Meat Loaf".  
  38. ^ Simon Vozick-Levinson (26 July 2010). House' star Hugh Laurie to record blues album"'".  
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  42. ^ "Life after House". Daily Mail. 23 April 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  43. ^ a b Lampert, Nicole; Coleman, Mark (11 September 2008). "What's put a smile on the face of TV's grumpiest man?". Daily Mail (London). 
  44. ^ Thompson, Paul (18 April 2010). "House star Hugh Laurie reveals: Staying in Hollywood has put strain on my marriage". Daily Mail (London). 
  45. ^ Smith, David (23 April 2005). "Doctor Hugh". The Observer (London). Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  46. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58196. p. 11. 30 December 2006.
  47. ^ "Rod and Zara top New Year Honours". BBC. 29 December 2006. Retrieved 13 May 2008. 
  48. ^ "Queen hands OBE to actor Laurie". BBC. 23 May 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2008. 
  49. ^ "Hugh Laurie honoured by Queen Elizabeth II". USA Today. 23 May 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2008. 
  50. ^ "Hugh Laurie Wodehouse Saved my Life".  
  51. ^ Richard, By (28 October 2007). "Man about the House By Richard Clune ''The Sunday Telegraph'' 28 October 2007". The Daily Telegraph. Australia. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
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  54. ^ "Announcement" (PDF).  
  55. ^ "Hugh Laurie". 23 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  56. ^ "Hugh Laurie Starring In 'Mister Pip' For Andrew Adamson". The Film Stage. 13 April 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  57. ^ "LittleBigPlanet 3: Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry in All-Star Cast". Playstation Official Blog. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
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  62. ^ a b "Hugh Laurie French Charts". 
  63. ^ "Hugh Laurie German Charts". 
  64. ^ "Hugh Laurie – Irish Charts". 
  65. ^ "Hugh Laurie Dutch Charts". 
  66. ^ Steffen Hung. "Hugh Laurie – Didn't It Rain". Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  67. ^ "Hugh Laurie New Zealand Charts". 
  68. ^ "Hugh Laurie Swiss Charts". 
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  74. ^ "BPI Highest Certifications". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  75. ^ "British Phonographic Industry Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  76. ^ a b "Chart Log UK: New Entries Update". Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  77. ^ "Hugh Laurie – You Don't Know My Mind". Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  78. ^ "Hugh Laurie – Wild Honey". Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  79. ^ Steffen Hung. "Hugh Laurie – Wild Honey". Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  80. ^ "Top 40: Right Said Fred & Hugh & Peter & Alan & Jools & Steve & Clive & Linda & Pauline & Richard & Rob & Basil & Bernard – Stick It Out". Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  81. ^ "The Official Charts Company – Stick It Out by Right Said Fred And Friends Search". The Official Charts Company. 11 July 2013. 
  82. ^ "iTunes – Music – If I Can't Have You – EP by Meat Loaf". 25 October 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  83. ^ "Hugh Laurie – Guess I'm A Fool – Music Charts". Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
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  85. ^ Steffen Hung (14 May 2013). "Hugh Laurie – Louisiana Blues". Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  86. ^ Steffen Hung. "Hugh Laurie – The St. Louis Blues". Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  87. ^ "Hugh Laurie – Police Dog Blues – Music Charts". Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  88. ^ "Hollywood Foreign Press Association 2008 Golden Globe Awards for the Year Ended 31 December 2007".  
  89. ^ "View Past Nominees & Winners". People's Choice. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  90. ^ "The MOAS Winners 2013". Retrieved 26 November 2014. 


  • 2011 – Winner – GQ Music Man of the Year
  • 2013 – Winner – New Zealand Film Awards - Best Actor for Mr Pip[90]

Other Awards

  • 2009 – Winner – Favorite Male TV Star
  • 2010 – Winner – Favorite Male TV Star
  • 2011 – Winner – Favorite TV Drama Actor
  • 2011 – Winner – Favorite TV Doctor
  • 2012 – Nominated – Favorite TV Drama Actor

People's Choice Awards[89]

  • 2006 – Nominated – TV Actor: Drama
  • 2007 – WinnerTV Actor: Drama
  • 2011 – Nominated – TV Actor: Drama
Teen Choice Award
  • 2005 – Winner – Individual Achievement in Drama
  • 2006 – Winner – Individual Achievement in Drama
  • 2007 – Nominated – Individual Achievement in Drama
  • 2009 – Nominated – Individual Achievement in Drama
Television Critics Association Awards
  • 2006 – Nominated – Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
  • 2007 – Winner – Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
  • 2008 – Nominated – Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
  • 2009 – Winner – Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
  • 2010 – Nominated – Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
  • 2011 – Nominated – Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards
  • 2005 – Winner – Outstanding Actor in a Series, Drama
  • 2006 – Winner – Outstanding Actor in a Series, Drama
  • 2007 – Nominated – Outstanding Actor in a Series, Drama
Satellite Awards
  • 2006Winner – Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama[88]
  • 2007Winner – Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
  • 2008 – Nominated – Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
  • 2009 – Nominated – Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
  • 2010 – Nominated – Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
  • 2011 – Nominated – Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Golden Globe Awards
  • 2005 – Nominated – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
  • 2007 – Nominated – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
  • 2008 – Nominated – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
  • 2009 – Nominated – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
  • 2010 – Nominated – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
  • 2011 – Nominated – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Emmy Awards

Most of the following are nominations or wins for Laurie's role on House:


Year DVD/Blu-ray Notes
2013 "Live on the Queen Mary" Recorded live 2013 on the RMS Queen Mary together with band


Year Artist Song Album
1986 Kate Bush Video for "Experiment IV" The Whole Story
1992 Annie Lennox Video for "Walking on Broken Glass" Diva

Music videos

Year Single Charts Album
2011 "St James' Infirmary" 92 Let Them Talk
"Police Dog Blues" 58 39
"Guess I'm A Fool" 67
2013 "Unchain My Heart" 86 Didn't It Rain
"Louisiana Blues" 96
"The St. Louis Blues" 133

Other charting songs

Year Single Peak chart
NL Top 40
1993 "Stick It Out" (Right Said Fred and Friends)[81] 4 48 N/A
2010 "If I Can't Have You" (Meat Loaf, featuring Kara DioGuardi & Hugh Laurie)[82] Hang Cool Teddy Bear

Featured singles

Year Single Peak chart

2011 "You Don't Know My Mind" 164 47 20 Let Them Talk
"Winin' Boy Blues"
2013 "Wild Honey"[79] 36 Didn't It Rain


Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US Blues
2011 Let Them Talk 2[71] 37 1 2 8 14 25 26 4 30 16 1
  • ARG: Gold[72]
  • FR: 2× Platinum[73]
  • UK: Gold[74]
2013 Didn't It Rain
  • Released: 6 May 2013
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Formats: CD, vinyl, digital download
3 35 10 3 41 21 32 22 3 26 21 1
  • UK: Silver[75]
  • FR:Gold[73]



Year Title Role Notes
1981 Cellar Tapes, TheThe Cellar Tapes Various Characters Writer
1982 Nothing to Worry About!, There'sThere's Nothing to Worry About! Various Characters Writer
1983 Alfresco Various Characters Writer
1983 Crystal Cube, TheThe Crystal Cube Various Characters
1984 Young Ones, TheThe Young Ones Lord Monty Episode: "Bambi"
1985 Letters from a Bomber Pilot Pilot Officer Bob Hodgson
1985 Plenty Michael
1985 Mrs. Capper's Birthday Bobby
1985 Happy Families Jim
1986 Blackadder II Simon Partridge Episode: "Beer"
1986 Blackadder II Prince Ludwig the Indestructible Episode: "Chains"
1987 Filthy Rich & Catflap N'Bend
1987 Blackadder the Third George, Prince of Wales, The Prince Regent
1988 Blackadder's Christmas Carol Prince George
1989 Blackadder Goes Forth Lt. the Honourable George Colhurst St. Barleigh
1989 Strapless Colin
1989 New Statesman, TheThe New Statesman Waiter
1989–1995 Bit of Fry & Laurie, AA Bit of Fry & Laurie Various Characters Writer
1990–1993 Jeeves and Wooster Bertie Wooster
1992 Peter's Friends Roger Charleston
1993 All or Nothing at All Leo Hopkins
1993–1995 Legends of Treasure Island, TheThe Legends of Treasure Island Squire Trelawney Voice
1994 Pin for the Butterfly, AA Pin for the Butterfly Uncle
1995 Sense and Sensibility Mr. Palmer
1996 Tracey Takes On... Timothy Bugge Season 1
1996 101 Dalmatians Jasper
1997 Spice World Poirot
1997 Borrowers, TheThe Borrowers Police Officer Oliver Steady
1997 Ugly Duckling, TheThe Ugly Duckling Tarquin Voice
1997 Place of Lions, TheThe Place of Lions Steve Harris
1998 Friends Gentleman on the Plane Episode: "The One with Ross's Wedding (part 2)"
1998 Bill, TheThe Bill Harrap
1998 Man in the Iron Mask, TheThe Man in the Iron Mask Pierre
1998 Cousin Bette Baron Hector Hulot
1999 Blackadder: Back & Forth Viscount George Bufton-Tufton / Georgius
1999 Stuart Little Frederick Little
2000 Randall and Hopkirk Dr. Lawyer Episode: "Mental Apparition Disorder"
2000 Maybe Baby Sam Bell
2000 Preston Pig Mr. Wolf Voice
2000 Carnivale Cenzo Voice
2001 Chica de Río Raymond Woods
2001 Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Vincente Minnelli
2001 Family Guy Bar Patron Voice
Episode: "One If by Clam, Two If by Sea"
2001 Discovering the Real World of Harry Potter Narrator Voice
2001 Second Star to the Left: A Christmas Tale Archie Voice
2002 Strange Case of Penny Allison, TheThe Strange Case of Penny Allison Various Characters
2002 Spooks Jools Siviter
2002 Stuart Little 2 Frederick Little
2003 Young Visiter, TheThe Young Visiter Lord Bernard Clark
2003 Fortysomething Paul Slippery
2003-2003 Stuart Little: The Animated Series Frederick Little Voice
2004 Fire Engine Fred
2004 Flight of the Phoenix Ian
2004–2012 House Dr. Gregory House Directed episodes: "Lockdown" and "The C-Word"
2005 Valiant Wing Commander Gutsy Voice
2005 Big Empty, TheThe Big Empty Doctor
2006 Saturday Night Live Host Season 32, Episode 4
2006 Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild Frederick Little Voice
2008 Street Kings Captain Biggs
2008 Saturday Night Live Host Season 34, Episode 11
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Dr. Cockroach Voice
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space Dr. Cockroach Voice
2010 Family Guy Gregory House / Himself Voice
Episode: "Business Guy"
2010 Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons Roger Voice
Episode: "Treehouse of Horror XXI"
2010 Fry and Laurie Reunited Himself
2011 Down by the River Himself Documentary
2011 Hop Mr. Bunny Voice
2011 Oranges, TheThe Oranges David Walling
2011 Later... with Jools Holland Himself
2011 Arthur Christmas Steve Voice
2012 Mister Pip Mr. Watts[56]
2013 Copper Bottom Blues Himself Documentary
2014 LittleBigPlanet 3 Newton[57] Voice
2015 Tomorrowland David Nix
2015 Veep[58] Sen. Tom James
2016 The Night Manager[59] Richard Onslow Roper Filming

Film and TV roles

In March 2012 Laurie was made an honorary fellow of his alma mater Selwyn College.[53][54] In June 2013 he was the guest on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs when he chose Joe Cocker ("The Letter"), Sister Rosetta Tharpe ("My Journey to the Sky"), Randy Newman ("Louisiana 1927"), Professor Longhair ("Go to the Mardi Gras"), Son House ("Grinnin' in Your Face"), Nina Simone ("I Wish I Knew How It Would Be to Be Free"), Lester Young–Buddy Rich Trio ("I Cover the Waterfront") and Van Morrison ("Brown Eyed Girl")[55] as his eight favourite discs. This was his second appearance on the show, having previously been a 'castaway' in 1996.

Laurie admires the writings of P. G. Wodehouse, explaining in a 27 May 1999 article in The Daily Telegraph how reading Wodehouse novels had saved his life.[50] In a further interview in The Daily Telegraph Laurie confirmed his atheism.[51] He is also an avid motorbike enthusiast. He has two motorbikes, one at his London home and one at his Los Angeles home. His bike in the United States is a Triumph Bonneville, his "feeble attempt to fly the British flag".[52]

On 23 May 2007, Laurie received his award as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), to which he was appointed in the 2007 New Year Honours for his services to drama.[46][47][48][49] While appearing on Inside the Actors Studio in 2006, Laurie discussed his struggle with severe clinical depression.[3] He continues to receive regular treatment from a psychotherapist. He told host James Lipton that he first concluded he had a problem whilst driving in a charity demolition derby, during which he realised that seeing two cars collide and explode in front of him caused him to be neither excited nor frightened, but bored.[3][6] "Boredom," he commented, "is not an appropriate response to exploding cars."[3]

Laurie married theatre administrator Jo Green in June 1989 in Camden, London. They live in Belsize Park,[42] north London with sons Charlie (b. 1988) and Bill (b. 1990) and daughter Rebecca (b. 1992).[43] They had planned to move the whole family to Los Angeles in 2008 due to the strain of being mostly separated for nine months each year,[43] but ultimately decided against it.[44] Charlie had a cameo in A Bit of Fry & Laurie in the last sketch of the episode entitled "Special Squad", as baby William. Stephen and Hugh begin to "interrogate" him about "what he's done with the stuff", calling him a scumbag and telling him that he's been a very naughty boy. Rebecca had a role in the film Wit as five-year-old Vivian Bearing. Laurie's best friend is long-time comedy partner Stephen Fry, who was best man at his wedding and is godfather to his children.[45]

Laurie's mother, Patricia (née Laidlaw), died from motor neurone disease in Oxfordshire at the age of 73 in 1989, when Laurie was 30. According to Laurie, it took her two years to die, and she suffered "painful, plodding paralysis" while being cared for by Laurie's father, whom he called "the sweetest man in the whole world".[5]

Personal life

In 1996, Laurie's first novel, The Gun Seller, an intricate thriller laced with Wodehouseian humour, was published and became a best-seller.[3] He has since been working on the screenplay for a film version. His second novel, The Paper Soldier, was scheduled for September 2009, but has yet to appear.


His second album, Didn't It Rain, was released in the UK on 6 May 2013.[41] In the same year he played at the RMS Queen Mary together with his band. This concert was filmed and later released as "Live on the Queen Mary" on DVD and Blu-ray.

On 15 May 2011, Laurie was the subject of the ITV series Perspectives, explaining his love for the music of New Orleans and playing music, from his album Let Them Talk, at studios and live venues in the city itself.[35] He was the subject of PBS Great Performances Let them Talk, also about New Orleans jazz, first broadcast on 30 September 2011.[40]

On 1 May 2011, Laurie and a jazz quintet closed the 2011 Cheltenham Jazz Festival to great acclaim.[39]

On 26 July 2010, it was announced that Laurie would be releasing a blues album after signing a contract with Warner Bros. Records.[38] The album, called Let Them Talk, was released in France on 18 April 2011 and in Germany on 29 April. The album features collaborations from well-known artists such as Tom Jones, Irma Thomas and Dr. John.

On House, Laurie played several classic rock 'n roll instruments including Procol Harum's classic "Whiter Shade of Pale".[37]

Laurie took piano lessons from the age of six.[35] He sings and plays piano, guitar, drums, harmonica and saxophone. He has displayed his musical talents throughout his acting career, most notably on A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster, House and when he hosted Saturday Night Live in October 2006. He is a vocalist and keyboard player for the Los Angeles charity rock group Band From TV. Additionally, following Meat Loaf's appearance in the House episode "Simple Explanation", Laurie played piano as a special guest on the song "If I Can't Have You" from Meat Loaf's 2010 album Hang Cool Teddy Bear. Laurie co-wrote and performed the humorous blues song, "Sperm Test in the Morning", in the film Maybe Baby.[36]

Hugh Laurie performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival

Music career

Laurie is set to play Richard Onslow Roper in the upcoming television mini-series The Night Manager based on the espionage and detective novel of the same name by John le Carré. The series will start filming in Spring 2015 and will air on AMC in 2016 with Tom Hiddleston also starring.[33][34]

He played David Nix, a villain, in Brad Bird's 2015 film Tomorrowland.[32]

On 8 February 2012, Fox announced that season eight of House would be the last. On 13 June 2012, the media announced that Laurie was in negotiations to play the villain in RoboCop, a remake of the original RoboCop film.[28] These negotiations ultimately fell through and Laurie passed on the project.[29] In 2012, Laurie starred in an independent feature called The Oranges that had a limited release. The New York Post felt that he was "less-than-ideally cast" in the role of a dad who has an affair with his neighbour's daughter, played by Leighton Meester.[30] The Star-Ledger, Newark NJ, thought that he was "particularly good".[31]

In August 2007, Laurie appeared on BBC Four's documentary Stephen Fry: 50 Not Out, filmed in celebration of Fry’s 50th birthday. In 2008, he took part in Blackadder Rides Again and appeared as Captain James Biggs in Street Kings, opposite Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker, and then in 2009 as the eccentric Dr. Cockroach, PhD in DreamWorks' Monsters vs. Aliens. He also hosted Saturday Night Live for the second time on the Christmas show in which he sang a medley of three-second Christmas songs to close his monologue. In 2009, Laurie returned to guest star in another Family Guy episode, "Business Guy", parodying Gregory House. In 2010, Laurie guest starred in The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror XXI" as Roger, a castaway who is planning a murder scheme on a ship during Homer and Marge's second honeymoon.[27]

Laurie was initially cast as Perry White, the editor of the Daily Planet, in Singer's film Superman Returns but had to bow out of the project because of his involvement in House. In July 2006, Laurie appeared on Inside the Actors Studio, where he also performed one of his own comic songs, "Mystery", accompanying himself on the piano.[3] He hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live, in which he appeared in drag in a sketch about a man (Kenan Thompson) with a broken leg who accuses his doctor of being dishonest. Laurie played the man's wife.

Laurie was nominated for an Emmy Award[25] for his role in House in 2005. Although he did not win, he did receive a Golden Globe in both 2006 and 2007 for his work on the series and the Screen Actors Guild award in 2007 and 2009. Laurie was also awarded a large increase in salary, from what was rumoured to be a mid-range five-figure sum to $350,000 per episode. Laurie was not nominated for the 2006 Emmys, apparently to the outrage of Fox executives,[26] but he still appeared in a scripted, pre-taped intro, where he parodied his House character by rapidly diagnosing host Conan O'Brien and then proceeded to grope him as the latter asked him for help to get to the Emmys on time. He would later go on to speak in French while presenting an Emmy with Dame Helen Mirren, and has since been nominated in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.

Between 2004 and 2012 he starred as the acerbic physician specialising in diagnostic medicine, Dr. Gregory House in the popular Fox medical drama House. For his portrayal, Laurie assumed an American accent.[3] Laurie was in Namibia filming Flight of the Phoenix and recorded the audition tape for the show in the bathroom of the hotel, the only place he could get enough light.[22] While working on Flight of the Phoenix, Jacob Vargas operated the camera to shoot Laurie's audition tape for House. Laurie's American accent was so convincing that executive producer Bryan Singer, who was unaware at the time that Laurie was British, pointed to him as an example of just the kind of compelling American actor he had been looking for.[22] Laurie also adopted the accent between takes on the set of House,[23] as well as during script read-throughs, although he used his native accent when directing the House episode "Lockdown".[23] Laurie also served as director for the episode "The C-Word" of the show's final season.[24]

Since 2002, Laurie has appeared in a range of British television dramas, guest-starring that year in two episodes of the first season of the spy thriller series Spooks on BBC One. In 2003, he starred in and also directed ITV's comedy-drama series fortysomething (in one episode of which Stephen Fry appears). In 2001, he voiced the character of a bar patron in the Family Guy episode "One If by Clam, Two If by Sea". Laurie voiced the character of Mr. Wolf in the cartoon Preston Pig. He was a panellist on the first episode of QI, alongside Fry as host. In 2004, Laurie guest-starred as a professor in charge of a space probe called Beagle, on The Lenny Henry Show.

Laurie's later film appearances include Sense and Sensibility (1995), adapted by and starring Emma Thompson; the Disney live-action film 101 Dalmatians (1996), where he played Jasper, one of the bumbling criminals hired to kidnap the puppies; Elton's adaptation of his novel Inconceivable, Maybe Baby (2000); Girl from Rio; the 2004 remake of The Flight of the Phoenix'

Laurie appeared in the music videos for the 1986 single "Experiment IV" by Kate Bush, and the 1992 Annie Lennox single "Walking on Broken Glass" in British Regency period costume alongside John Malkovich.[21] In 1998, Laurie had a brief guest-starring role on Friends in "The One with Ross's Wedding".

Laurie starred in the Thames Television film Letters from a Bomber Pilot (1985) directed by David Hodgson. This was a serious acting role, the film being dramatised from the letters home of Pilot Officer J.R.A. "Bob" Hodgson, a pilot in RAF Bomber Command, who was killed in action in 1943.[20]

. Fry and Laurie Reunited and came together for a retrospective show in 2010 titled Peter's Friends. They collaborated again on the film Fry and Laurie Host a Christmas Night with the Stars TV shows and the variety show Comic Relief, The Secret Policeman's Third Ball's Amnesty International and Hysteria! 1, 2 & 3. He and Fry worked together at various charity stage events, such as Bertie Wooster's stories, in which Laurie played Jeeves's employer, the amiable twit P. G. Wodehouse an adaptation of [3],Jeeves and Wooster; another project was A Bit of Fry & Laurie sketch comedy series BBC Other projects followed, of which one was their [3]

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