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Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie is an English actor, comedian, vocal artist, musician, as well as an author. The multi-award-winning actor has remained a very interesting figure in Hollywood for the many movies that Laurie has been a part of, the most popular of which include Sense and Sensibility.

Hugh Laurie was born on 11 June 1959 as James Hugh Calum Laurie in Blackbird Leys, Oxford, England. As of 2019, his age is 60 years old with his birth sign Gemini. He is the son of Patricia Laurie (mother) and Ran Laurie (father).

Laurie was raised alongside an elder brother named Charles Alexander Lyon Mundell Laurie and 2 sisters Janet Laurie, Susan Laurie by a mother whom he didn’t have the best relationship. His father was a sportsman and an Olympic gold medallist. He holds a British nationality and belongs to a white ethnical background.

Educational Background

Regarding his education, Laurie attended the Dragon School in Oxford before he proceeded to Eton College. Later, he attended Selwyn College, Cambridge in the same line with his father who was a physician. While in school, Laurie decided to take to rowing, and this saw him joining Britain’s Youth Team for the Junior World Rowing Championships of 1977. Together with his partner, J. S. Palmer, Hugh won a silver medal at the Silver Goblets & Nickalls’ Challenge Cup of 1980.

What is the Net Worth & Salary of Hugh Laurie?

The actor has collected a huge amount of money through his career. According to the sources, the estimated net worth of Hugh Laurie is $40 Million as of 2019. Though he has not revealed his current salary to the media.

In the year 2012, Hugh made it as one of the 100 richest celebrities when he ranked as #88 after he returned with earnings of $18 million that year as noted by Forbes Magazine. Also, for House, he was paid $700 per episode and that contributed greatly to what he has been able to make thus far.

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Caption: Hugh Laurie on a bike
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Besides this, there is no further information about cars, property, and etc.  Guinness World Records listed Hugh Laurie as the most-watched actor in the year 2011. Likewise, he was one of the highest-paid actors, receiving up to US$409,000 for each episode that he was part of.

Does Hugh Laurie have a son? Wife

Hugh is a married man, he married to theatre personality Jo Green. They started dating as far back as 1988 and from 1989, they had been husband and wife. Their marriage ceremony was held in Camden, at the UK. Nearly 30 years later becoming hooked, the celebrity.

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Caption: Hugh Laurie with his wife Jo Green
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The couple is blessed with three children. They are Charles Archibald Laurie who had been born in 1988, William Albert Laurie (1991), also Rebecca Augusta who had been born in 1993. Hugh Laurie was awarded the OBE or the Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the year 2007 for his services toward drama. As of now, the couple is living a blessed full life with their children and also there are no rumors or controversies about their personal life and their career.

Hugh Laurie’s Height & Weight

Hugh stands on the average height of 6 ft. 2 in with matching body weight 94 kg. He has blue color eyes with the same brown hair color. Regarding his other body measurements such as dress size, shoe size, chest size, waist size, and biceps size are still missing from the media.

Hugh Laurie’s Career

Hugh Laurie being his career as a part of the comedy series, ‘A Bit of Fry & Laurie’. Then he acted alongside another British actor, Stephen Fry. The series, aired from the year 1987 to 1995, served as a launchpad for both the actors. In the year 1982, the actor appeared in several minor roles in the TV series, ‘There’s Nothing to Worry About!’From 1983 to 1984, Hugh was seen in various series and TV films such as ‘The Crystal Cube’, ‘Keep Off the Grass’ and ‘The Young Ones’. Around the same time, he was also seen playing several roles in the TV series, ‘Alfresco’.

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Caption: Hugh Laurie English actor
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While he played a minor role in the TV show ‘Happy Families’ in the year1985, it was the BBC series ‘Blackadder II’ that made him a household name. Hugh’s performance in ‘Blackadder II’ made him a regular in the third season of the series in the year 1987. In ‘Blackadder the Third’ he played the prominent role of George, Prince of Wales. Later in 1987, Laurie acted in the TV movie ‘Up Line’ and played the role of Prince George in the 1988 TV short, ‘Blackadder’s Christmas Carol’. Also, he had a role as Mr. Mott in the TV series ‘Les Girls’. The next year, Hugh was seen in the romantic drama movie, ‘Strapless’.
Moreover, 1989 saw the British actor returning to the fourth instalment of the BBC series ‘Blackadder’ and this time around the show was titled as ‘Blackadder Goes Forth’. The series was a huge hit and starred actors such as Stephen Fry and Rowan Atkinson. After that, Hugh portrayed the role of Lt. the Honourable George Tolhurst St. Burleigh in episodes, ‘Corporal Punishment’, ‘Major Star’, ‘Private Plane’, ‘General Hospital’ and ‘Goodbyeee’.

After 1993

From 1990 to 1993, Hugh acted in the TV adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse’s ‘Jeeves and Wooster’. Also, he played the role of Bertie Wooster from the pilot titled, ‘In Court after the Boat Race’ to the series finale titled, ‘The Ex’s Are Nearly Married Off’. In the year 1993, the actor lent his voice to the character Squire Trelawney in the TV miniseries, ‘The Legends of Treasure Island’. The same year, Hugh also portrayed the lead role of Leo Hopkins in ‘All or Nothing at All’. In the year 1995, he portrayed the character of Sir Michael Jaffa in the TV series, ‘Look at the State We’re In!’ The same year, Laurie performance in the Ang Lee directed ‘Sense and Sensibility’ was praised by critics.
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Caption: Hugh Laurie in the movie Red-Band Trailer
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From 1996 to 1998, the actor appeared in several roles in movies such as ‘The Man in the Iron Mask’ and in TV shows such as Tracey Takes On…’, ‘Friends’, ‘Murder Most Horrid’ and ‘Poirot’. Laurie first major commercial hit in America came in the form of ‘101 Dalmatians’. The movie was made at a budget of US$75 million, collected US$320.6 million.
In the year 1999, he portrayed the role of Mr. Little in the hit movie, ‘Stuart Little’. Then he reprised the role in 2002 for the sequel. Also, he played Viscount George Bufton-Tufton in the sci-fi comedy film, ‘Blackadder: Back & Forth’.
Laurie then played many minor roles from 2000 to 2003.

After 2003

During this period, Laurie was seen in series, such as ‘Randall and Hopkirk’, ‘Dragons of New York’, ‘Spooks’ and in the film, ‘Maybe Baby’. Also, he voiced a character in the ‘Family Guy’ episode of ‘One If by Clam, Two If by Sea’.
Furthermore, 2003 saw the actor portray the role of Paul Slippery in ‘Fortysomething’. But it was his depiction of the narcissistic, genius and cynical doctor in ‘House, M.D.’ that made Laurie a massive star in America.
Laurie went on to portray the role of Dr. Gregory House from 2004 to 2012. Then he played a prominent role in the action-adventure-fantasy movie ‘Tomorrowland’ which also starred George Clooney. His portrayal of Richard Roper, a villainous and corrupt English billionaire, in the British spy thriller ‘The Night Manager’ earned him critical applause from all over the world.  In the year 2016, Hugh has been playing the lead role of Doctor Eldon Chance in the series ‘Chance’. Also, he played Senator Tom James in the Emmy Award-winning political satire, ‘Veep’.
Likewise, he has been cast as Myrcroft Holmes in the upcoming American action-comedy, ‘Holmes and Watson’. Throughout his career, he has lent his voice for characters in ‘Preston Pig’, ‘Stuart Little: The Animated Series’, ‘Monsters vs. Aliens’, ‘Arthur Christmas’, ‘The Simpsons’, etc. Furthermore, he is an accomplished musician and has released two albums. The first album, ‘Let Them Talk’ was released on April 18, 2011, and second album, ‘Didn’t It Rain’ was released on May 6, 2013, as well as features Blues, Jazz, and diverse musical genres.

Hugh Laurie’s Awards & Achievements

At the Primetime Emmy Award, Hugh was nominated six times from 2005 to 2011 under the category ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series’ for his role in ‘House, M.D.’ In the year 2016, Hugh was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for ‘The Night Manager’. Later in 2017, he was nominated for ‘Veep’, under the category ‘Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series’.
Hugh won Best Actor – Television Series Drama at the Golden Globe Awards in the year 2006 and 2007. Also, he won Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film in 2017. For his performance in ‘House, M.D.’, Laurie has won best actor awards at Screen Actors Guild Awards, Satellite Awards, Television Critics Association Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and People’s Choice Awards. Likewise, he was also named the 2011 GQ Music Man of the Year.

Hugh Laurie’s Social Sites

Hugh is active on social sites such as Twitter and Facebook. He has more than 1.42 million followers on his official Twitter account and around 5.2 million followers on his official Facebook account. However, he is no active on Instagram.

Facts of Hugh Laurie

Full NameHugh Laurie
Net Worth$40 Million
Date Of BirthJune 11, 1959
Age61 years 0 months
Place Of BirthOxford, United Kingdom
Height6 ft 2 in (1.89 m)
Weight94 Kg
ProfessionActor, Comedian, Musician, Voice Actor, Screenwriter, Television producer, Television Director, Singer, Author, Writer
EducationEton College, Selwyn College, Cambridge, University of Cambridge, Dragon School
NationalityBritish
SpouseJo Green (m. 1989)
ChildrenRebecca Augusta Laurie, William Albert Laurie, Charles Archibald Laurie
ParentsPatricia Laurie, Ran Laurie
SiblingsCharles Alexander Lyon Mundell Laurie, Susan Laurie, Janet Laurie
NicknamesJames Hugh Calum Laurie , Hugh 'Struck by a' Lorry , Laurie , James Hugh Calum Laurie, OBE , Mr. Hugh Laurie , Fry and Laurie
Star SignGemini
AwardsGolden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama, Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Per...
Music GroupsBand from TV
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Screen A...
MoviesTomorrowland, Stuart Little, The Oranges, Mister Pip, Monsters vs. Aliens, 101 Dalmatians, Sense and Sensibility, The Man in the Iron Mask, Maybe Baby, Arthur Christmas, Street Kings, The Borrowers, Stuart Little 2, Peter's Friends, Flight of the Phoenix, Spice World, Cousin Bette, Girl from Rio, St...
TV ShowsThe Night Manager, House, Blackadder, Jeeves and Wooster, A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Fortysomething, Alfresco, Preston Pig, Happy Families, The Crystal Cube, The Legends of Treasure Island, Tracey Takes On..., The New Statesman, The Lenny Henry Show, The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends, Stuart Little:...

Quotes of Hugh Laurie

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1The great trap for non-American actors trying to play Americans, I think, is to start thinking of American-ness as a characteristic. It isn't. It is no more a character trait than height. It is just a physical fact, and that's all there is to it.
2[as presenter at the 2008 BAFTA Awards] Screenwriting is the most prized of all the cinematic arts. Actually, it isn't, but it should be. The point is that it should be. The original screenplay is the most precious commodity of all. In the original screenplay, the writer creates the heart, the mind, the skeleton, the sinew, the epithelial membrane, if you will, of the show.
3[on performing the blues] Let the record show that I am a white, middle-class Englishman, openly trespassing on the music and myth of the American South. I know how it must look. I suppose, in my defence, I was trying to get people to examine what authenticity means. Is it authentic to have American actors playing Shakespeare? Or indeed to have an Englishman play an American doctor?
4I sometimes think that in this YouTube age - God, I sound like such an old fart - history has gone vertical rather than horizontal. You can click on "St. James Infirmary", let's say [and] see a hip-hop version of that done three months ago or hear Louis Armstrong from nearly 100 years ago. And there's almost no sense of separation or context, or of a progression through time.
5[on jamming in a jazz club in New Orleans] I can't deny it was, without a doubt, the most frightening thing I've done. To stand up and play music to an audience is a very, very daunting but wonderful experience. Many things in life are daunting and wonderful if your survive them. Being attacked by a lion is probably brilliant, but the survival part is important.
6[BBC, May 2011 on his record deal] In life, you don't regret the things you do, you regret the things you don't do.
7[on the possibility of staying in Los Angeles after House M.D. (2004)]: I can certainly imagine it, in a way I couldn't have done before. It held no appeal for me before, but I do have an affection for the place now. Maybe once the show finishes, I will see it in a different way. For now, I'm in a gilded cage.
8[What does he like most about House M.D. (2004)?]: I suppose I am drawn to people who worry, who are tortured. I find I am always faintly suspicious of happy people. I always think there is something going wrong or missing somewhere. They would probably argue that I am the one with the thing missing, and that may be so. But the fact that he is not happy makes a lot of his mis­demeanours more forgivable. If someone is behaving badly, yet remains unhappy and tortured, the bad behaviour is very often its own punishment, so it's hard to be too upset by it.
9Yes, I still like him [House M.D. (2004)] very, very much. I know he has problems, and he is not necessarily a good man. But I realised long ago that one doesn't only like good people. Sometimes one doesn't even like good people.
10I used to worry much more about the prospect of failure. That 200 people were going to be out of a job. That shame and disgrace would attach, and I would have my acting uniform stripped from me.
11[on working nine-to-ten-hour days, five days a week in Hollywood]: It's a way of living that, had you described it to me 10 years ago, I would have just found absurd beyond belief, inconceivable. But here we are. Yes, there were plenty of times when it was pretty overwhelming, I think for everybody. Like anybody completely absorbed in a single thing, it's rather unhealthy. It's the sort of thing you can do for a certain period of time - in a sort of emergency state - but you can't live like that indefinitely because you start popping rivets.Look, it sounds like I'm moaning. I am constantly aware of my good fortune. But the thing is, almost nothing in this life is as easy as it looks. I did work very, very hard - I do still - but it has been very rewarding, very enjoyable, and I work with a terrific bunch of people. So I feel blessed.
12[Was he shocked at the success of House M.D. (2004)]: I still am. There are a lot of days when I feel as if I have been woken from a coma and told six years have gone by, and I have no awareness of it. Is Queen Elizabeth II still on the throne? Do we still drive on the left? Do we still have pounds?
13[on living at the Chateau Marmont during the first season of House M.D. (2004)]: I was so convinced the whole thing was going to fail, I couldn't contemplate committing to any long-term arrangement. I thought a hotel was a safe bet.
14[on the novel "The Paper Soldier", his sequel to his bestselling "The Gun Seller"]: My second novel will be coming out two years ago.
15[after he received his 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards] I actually had a 100 dollars on James Spader, this is just not my night.
16Recalling his father winning a gold medal in rowing at the 1948 Olympics in London: He was in a coxless pair with a man called Jack Wilson. I've got a fantastic picture on my desk of the two of them getting their medals on a pontoon at Henley. I imagine they were playing the national anthem and my dad is very rigid, "This is the way to behave", and Jack Wilson is loose and groovy and looks like he should be mixing a martini. I sometimes wished my father could take that pleasure in himself.
17Something in me says you shouldn't have toys.
18Celebrity is absolutely preposterous. Entertainment seems to be inflating. It used to be the punctuation to your life, a film or a novel or a play, a way of celebrating a good week or month. Now it feels as if it's all punctuation. The people I admire are those blokes in Fair Isle sweaters with pencils behind their ears who knew how to design mechanical things better than anybody else in the world.
19I admit I can't shake the idea that there is virtue in suffering, that there is a sort of psychic economy, whereby if you embrace success, happiness and comfort, these things have to be paid for.
20When asked if living in America would make him any less pessimistic or miserable: Oh, I hope nothing would ever do that. I won't let go of my roots.
21On living in America while filming House M.D. (2004): I do feel very foreign there, as if I'm on safari, looking at the exotic animals and the way they behave. Then again America is made up of people who don't feel American until they do, so I'm not alone in that.
22Obviously you are in a very vulnerable position when you give an interview. You are putting your testicles on a chopping board. I get anxious about a lot of things, that's the trouble. I get anxious about everything. I just can't stop thinking about things all the time. And here's the really destructive part - it's always retrospective. I waste time thinking of what I should have said or done. I can't bear going through the same f***ing dance of despair.
23Guilt I can do. If [I have] any expertise at all, it's in the area of guilt. I have a black belt in guilt. If you ever want a guilt-off, the next time we meet let's see how we match up. I'm pretty confident in that area.
24[his speech after winning a Golden Globe Award for House M.D. (2004)] I am absolutely speechless. Seriously, I don't have a speech. People are falling all over themselves to send you free shoes and free cuff links and colonic irrigations for two. Nobody ever offers you a free acceptance speech. There just seems to be a gap in the market. I would love to be able to pull out a speech by Dolce & Gabbana.
25[on the difficulty of performing with an American accent] It's as if you're playing left-handed. Or like everyone else is playing with a tennis racket and you have a salmon.
26I grew up with an impatience with the anti-scientific. So I'm a bit miffed with our current love affair with all things Eastern. If I sneeze on the set, 40 people hand me echinacea. But I'd no sooner take that than eat a pencil. Maybe that's why I took up boxing. It's my response to men in white pajamas feeling each other's chi.
27[on raising his daughter] Girls are complicated. The instruction manual that comes with girls is 800 pages, with chapters 14, 19, 26 and 32 missing, and it's badly translated, hard to figure out.
28I travel to work on my motorcycle, so it's jeans, boots and a brown Aero leather jacket that weighs as much as I do. If it were black, it would seem like I've got a [Marlon Brando] idea going on, which I don't.
29[on what he misses about England] The buildings and the cruelty. They're very harsh people, the British: hard to impress, very tough on each other, but I rather like that. It's not that the British are more honest - you're just under no illusion with them. L.A. runs on optimism, enthusiasm and flattery. I think you can go a little bit crazy. I've heard people say there's a limit to the number of years you can stay in this city without going slightly mad. It's just too damn sunny in every dimension - weather-wise, socially and professionally.
30[on his late father's reaction to his character Dr. Gregory House] He would be absolutely appalled. He was an endlessly polite, generous and soft-spoken man. He was no pushover, but he would never hurt, shock or outrage people just for the hell of it. At the same time, I hope he would be entertained and see that science and logic are like a religion to House. He'd approve of that.
31I picked a reverence for medicine because I rather hero-worshiped my father [a former doctor], and because I admire doctors, I admire study, empiricism and rational thought. I don't admire crystals and chewing willow bark and herbal remedies.
32[on picking up his new hobby] Boxing is fascinating. It's good for the soul to be made to feel clumsy. I swank around during the week thinking I'm a big cheese, but you don't feel like that when you're in the ring with a chap who knows what he's doing. It's ritual humiliation. I'm going to be slugged about and probably killed, but I love it and have to do something to keep fit.
33[on the Oxford-vs.-Cambridge Boat Race] The year was 1980, I was #4 in this particular encounter, and the result was a loss by Cambridge by a distance of five feet, which is something which I will carry to my grave... in fact, I shouldn't really say this, because I still to this day wouldn't want to give any pleasure or satisfaction to the opposing crew. But yes, it's true, it was a very bitter defeat.
34[on Cambridge] I went there to row. I'll be blunt with it. It's been ten years, and I think the admissions tutor can take it now... but that's really what I went for, and anthropology was the most convenient subject to read while spending eight hours a day on the river.

Quick Facts of Hugh Laurie

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1£240,000 per episode
22006 - $300,000 per episode
3$400,000 /episode (2010-11)
4$400,000 /episode (2009-10)
5$300,000 /episode (2007-08)
6Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6172 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on October 25, 2016.
7Has used his considerable musical talents to release two blues albums: "Let Them Talk" (2011) and "Didn't it Rain" (2013). The tracks consist of covers of songs from famous blues artists with Laurie being a huge blues fan. Laurie sang and performed both piano and guitar on both with his band who are known as The Copper Bottom Band. Both were released to favourable reviews and were some of the highest selling blues albums of their respective years.
8He was listed in the 2011 Guinness World Records as the most watched leading man on television.
9He was one of the highest-paid actors in a television drama, earning $409,000 per episode on House M.D. (2004).
10He sings and plays piano, guitar, drums, harmonica and saxophone.
11According to the Guinness Book of World Records (2012), Laurie is the most watched leading man on television due to the worldwide viewership of House M.D. (2004). Laurie is also the highest paid television actor, earning a reported $400K per episode as Dr. House (2011).
12Is a huge fan of the Fulham Football Club (English soccer club). Fellow fans include Elizabeth Hurley, Lily Allen, Pierce Brosnan, Hugh Grant, Benicio Del Toro, Daniel Radcliffe, Andrew Johnston and the late Michael Jackson.
13Stated on a British chat show that he doesn't like doing plays; he said that in the only play he'd ever done (Gasping, by Ben Elton), he "felt like [he] was going out of [his] mind", and that he had out of body experiences on stage. He also stated it was something he would never do again.
14Longtime best friend Stephen Fry served as best man at Laurie's marriage to Joanne Green (1989).
15In the 1980s, he shared a house in London with Stephen Fry. They needed some plastering done. The plasterers turned out to be Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson, who were inspired by Fry and Laurie to have a go at comedy.
16When Bryan Singer cast Laurie as Gregory House on House M.D. (2004), he was unaware that Laurie is British.
17Great-great-nephew of George Alexander.
18Very good friends with House M.D. (2004) co-star Robert Sean Leonard.
19He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2007 Queen's New Year's Honours List for his services to drama.
20Is a published author. His novel, "The Gun Seller", was released in 1996. A follow-up novel, "The Paper Soldier" (UK title: "Paper Soldiers"), is forthcoming.
21Stephen Fry is godfather of his three children.
22He was a member of the Cambridge Footlights Revue and in 1981, along with Stephen Fry, Tony Slattery, Emma Thompson, Penny Dwyer and Paul Shearer, he became the winner of the first ever Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
23Directed some scenes of his film Maybe Baby (2000) when Ben Elton had to go to hospital for the birth of his children.
24Has three children: Charles Laurie (Charles Archibald Laurie, born November 1988), William Laurie (William Albert Laurie, born January 1991), and Rebecca Laurie (Rebecca Augusta Laurie, born September 10, 1993).
25Plays keyboard in the band, "Poor White Thrash", with Lenny Henry, Shade Adejumo, Kate McKenzie, Sophie Elton (wife of Ben Elton), Ken Bowley, Andy Gangadeen, John Thirkell and Phil Smith.
26Plays keyboard in the celebrity band, "Band From TV", with Greg Grunberg of Heroes (2006), Alias (2001) and Felicity (1998), James Denton of Desperate Housewives (2004), Bob Guiney of The Bachelor (2002), Jesse Spencer of House M.D. (2004), and other special guests.
27His daughter Rebecca Laurie starred in the film Wit (2001) as Emma Thompson's character aged five.
28His son William Laurie auditioned for a role in a Harry Potter film but was told he was too young.
29Is a member of the Leander Club, one of the oldest rowing clubs in the world. His father once served as the club's president.
30He was a member of Cambridge Footlights throughout his university years, serving as a writer and cast member for two years (1978-1980) and president during his last year (1980-1981). Emma Thompson was the vice president.
31Is a huge fan of Clint Eastwood and Steve McQueen.
32He took up diving.
33Although his first name is James, he has never been called that. His third name, Calum, is the short form of 'Mael Calum', which translates from Gaidhlig (Scots Gaelic) to Scottish and English as 'Malcolm'. (The Gaeilge or Irish Gaelic form is 'Maol Colm', or 'Colm' in short form). His brother's full name is Charles Alexander Lyon Mundell Laurie.
34He received his first motorcycle when he was 16 as a present from his father. The same year he owned his first guitar, a Yamaha.
35He was a house captain (senior prefect) in his last year at Eton College. He also played percussion for the school's orchestra and was a "wet bob" - a member of Eton's prestigious rowing team.
36Auditioned for the role of Arnold Rimmer in Red Dwarf (1988). Others to audition for the role were Norman Lovett, Lee Cornes, Alfred Molina, Alan Rickman and Craig Ferguson. The role went to Chris Barrie.
37He was first cast in the role of Perry White in Superman Returns (2006). However, the popularity of his television series House M.D. (2004) caused schedule conflicts. Frank Langella was then cast.
38Entered the 1980 Silver Goblets and Nicklass Cup with his Eton rowing partner J.S. Palmer at the Henley Royal Regatta, becoming the only British crew to reach the final that year. They finished in second place behind the favored American crew.
39Is an accomplished piano player.
40His father won an Olympic gold medal for coxless pairs in the 1948 Games in London. Hugh also had a promising career as an oarsman, but he was forced to give it up while at Cambridge when he contracted glandular fever (mononucleosis). His brother was also an oarsman.
41Is the youngest of four children, by six years. He has a brother and two sisters, Charles (who works as a lawyer/shepherd in Scotland) Susan Lassen (who helped found the Save the Children Long Island, NY Volunteer Chapter and was a member of Save the Children's Board of Trustees) and Janet.
42His father, William George Ranald Mundell Laurie, and his mother, Patricia, were both of Scottish descent.
43Has played the husband opposite Imelda Staunton's characters in two films: Peter's Friends (1992) and Sense and Sensibility (1995).
44He lives in a West Hollywood apartment rental while working on House M.D. (2004), but flies home to London to be with his family whenever he has a break in filming. He has said that he will move his whole family to America to be with him if the second season looks to be equally successful as the first.
45Won the National Junior Championship for rowing (coxed pair) (1977). In the same year, he and his rowing partner represented England in the World Junior Championship for rowing where they finished fourth place.
46Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), originally wanted him to play Arthur Dent for the film adaptation. A deal was almost in place to have Hugh play Dent, along with Jim Carrey as Zaphod and Jay Roach directing, before Adams' untimely death.
47Attended the Dragon School, a renowned British "public" college preparatory school located in Oxford, England. Also attended by actress Emma Watson and tennis player Tim Henman.
48Bought an all-black Triumph Bonneville motorcycle, a replica of the 1960s British model, in Los Angeles, upon getting the role on House M.D. (2004), but he was always an avid motorcyclist, even in England. He enjoys the anonymity the motorcycle helmet gives him.
49Received his Third-Class Honours degree in anthropology and archaeology at Selwyn College, Cambridge University.

Trademarks of Hugh Laurie

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1Frequently plays upper-class and dimwitted English characters
2Fluent American accent from House M.D. (2004).

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