Hugh Laurie Biography

James Hugh Calum Laurie is an English actor, comedian, vocal artist, musician and author. Let’s take you through his childhood, family, personal life, achievements and some interesting facts about his life.

Hugh Laurie
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Birthday: June 11, 1959

Nationality: British

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Age: 60 Years, 60 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Gemini

Also Known As: James Hugh Calum Laurie, OBE

Born in: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Famous as: Actor

Height: 6'2" (188 cm), 6'2" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Jo Green (m. 1989)

father: William George Ranald Mundell Laurie

mother: Patricia (née Laidlaw)

siblings: Charles Alexander Lyon Mundell Laurie, Janet, Susan

children: Charles Archibald Laurie, Rebecca Augusta Laurie, William Albert Laurie

City: Oxford, England

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education: Dragon School, Eton School, Selwyn College, Cambridge, Cambridge University

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James Hugh Calum Laurie is an English actor, comedian, vocal artist, musician and author. As an actor alone, James has many prestigious awards under his belt, including the Golden Globe Award.He was first noticed for his performance in ‘A Bit of Fry and Laurie’. The British actor is also known for his breakout performance in the third and fourth season of the TV series, ‘Blackadder’. His most famous role to date is Dr. Gregory House in the Fox TV medical drama series, ‘House, M.D.’ Laurie has also appeared in several movies, including ‘101 Dalmatians’, ‘Stuart Little’, ‘Street Kings’, ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and ‘The Man in the Iron Mask’. In recent years, he was seen playing important roles in the BBC series ‘The Night Manager’ and in the sitcom ‘Veep’ on HBO. He also portrays Dr. Eldon Chance in the crime drama series ‘Chance’. Besides being an actor, he is also a bestselling author, known for his novel ‘The Gun Seller’. Laurie has also released two music albums, namely ‘Let Them Talk’ and ‘Didn’t It Rain’. He also plays instruments like piano, saxophone, guitar, drums and harmonica.

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Hugh Laurie
Childhood & Early Life
  • James Hugh Laurie was born on June 11, 1959 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England to parents of Scottish descent. His father, William George Ranald Mundell "Ran" Laurie, was a doctor and an Olympic gold medal winner in rowing at the 1984 London Games. He had a strained relationship with his mother, Patricia Laidlaw. Hugh has two older sisters, Susan and Janet, and an older brother, Charles Alexander Lyon Mundell Laurie.
  • His parents attended St. Columba's Presbyterian Church of England and the Presbyterian upbringing would have a lasting impact on Laurie’s life. He has always said that he doesn’t know how to handle pleasure and what exactly to do with it after having earned it. He lost his mother to motor neurone disease in 1989.
  • Laurie attended the Dragon School in Oxford until he was 13 years old. He would later admit hat he was not a good student. He then went to study at Eton College in Windsor. He also attended the Selwyn College under the University of Cambridge, as his father had also attended the same college.
  • He wanted to be like his father and studied archaeology and social anthropology. Laurie won the British National Title in 1977 in junior coxless rowing and went on to represent Great Britain at the 1977 Junior World Rowing Championships. He was a part of the Eton Vikings rowing club and won the Blue Award in 1980 at the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.
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  • Hugh Laurie came under the limelight after being a part of the comedy series, ‘A Bit of Fry & Laurie’. He acted alongside another British actor, Stephen Fry. The series, aired from 1987 to 1995, served as a launchpad for both the actors.
  • In 1982, the actor appeared in several minor roles in the TV series, ‘There’s Nothing to Worry About!’From 1983 to 1984, Laurie was seen in various series and TV films like ‘The Crystal Cube’, ‘Keep Off the Grass’ and ‘The Young Ones’. Around the same time, the actor was also seen playing several roles in the TV series, ‘Alfresco’.
  • While he played a minor role in the TV show ‘Happy Families’ in 1985, it was the BBC series ‘Blackadder II’ that made him a household name. Laurie’s performance in ‘Blackadder II’ made him a regular in the third season of the series in 1987. In ‘Blackadder the Third’ he played the prominent role of George, Prince of Wales.
  • 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’. He also had a role as Mr. Mott in the TV series ‘Les Girls’. The next year, he was seen in the romantic drama movie, ‘Strapless’.
  • 1989 saw the British actor returning to the fourth installment 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 like Stephen Fry and Rowan Atkinson. Laurie portrayed the role of Lt. the Honourable George Colhurst St. Barleigh in episodes, ‘Corporal Punishment’, ‘Major Star’, ‘Private Plane’, ‘General Hospital’ and ‘Goodbyeee’.
  • From 1990 to 1993, Laurie acted in the TV adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse’s ‘Jeeves and Wooster’. 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 1993, the actor lent his voice to the character Squire Trelawney in the TV miniseries, ‘The Legends of Treasure Island’. In the same year, he also portrayed the lead role of Leo Hopkins in ‘All or Nothing at All’.
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  • In 1995, Laurie portrayed the character of Sir Michael Jaffa in the TV series, ‘Look at the State We’re In!’ The same year, his performance in the Ang Lee directed ‘Sense and Sensibility’ was praised by critics.
  • From 1996 to 1998, the actor appeared in several roles in movies like ‘The Man in the Iron Mask’ and in TV shows like ‘Tracey Takes On…’, ‘Friends’, ‘Murder Most Horrid’ and ‘Poirot’. His first major commercial hit in America came in the form of ‘101 Dalmatians’. The movie, which was made at a budget of US$75 million, collected US$320.6 million.
  • In 1999, he portrayed the role of Mr. Little in the hit movie, ‘Stuart Little’. He then reprised the role in 2002 for the sequel. He also played Viscount George Bufton-Tufton in the sci-fi comedy film, ‘Blackadder: Back & Forth’.
  • Hugh then played many minor roles from 2000 to 2003. During this period, he was seen in series, such as ‘Randall and Hopkirk’, ‘Dragons of New York’, ‘Spooks’ and in the film, ‘Maybe Baby’. He also voiced a character in the ‘Family Guy’ episode of ‘One If by Clam, Two If by Sea’.
  • 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 him a massive star in America. He went on to portray the role of Dr. Gregory House from 2004 to 2012.
  • Laurie then 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 applauses from all over the world.
  • Since 2016,Hugh Laurie has been playing the lead role of Doctor Eldon Chance in the series ‘Chance’. He also played Senator Tom James in the Emmy Award-winning political satire, ‘Veep’. He has also been cast as Myrcroft Holmes in the upcoming American action-comedy, ‘Holmes and Watson’.
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  • Throughout his career, the actor has lent his voice for characters in ‘Preston Pig’, ‘Stuart Little: The Animated Series’, ‘Monsters vs. Aliens’, ‘Arthur Christmas’, ‘The Simpsons’, etc.
  • He is an accomplished musician and has released two albums. The first album, ‘Let Them Talk’ was released on April 18, 2011. His second album, ‘Didn’t It Rain’ was released on May 6, 2013 and features Blues, Jazz and diverse musical genres.
  • Laurie is famous for portraying the iconic role of Dr. Gregory House in ‘House, M.D.’, for which he received nominations at Emmy Awards. Guinness World Records listed him as the most watched actor in 2011, and he was one of the highest paid actors, receiving up to US$409,000 for each episode that he was part of.
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Awards & Achievements
  • At the Primetime Emmy Award, he 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 2016, he was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for ‘The Night Manager’. In 2017, he was nominated for ‘Veep’, under the category ‘Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series’.
  • Hugh Laurie won Best Actor – Television Series Drama at the Golden Globe Awards in 2006 and 2007. He also won Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film in 2017.
  • For his performance in ‘House, M.D.’, he has won best actor awards at Screen Actors Guild Awards, Satellite Awards, Television Critics Association Awards, Teen Choice Awards and People's Choice Awards.
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  • He was also named the 2011 GQ Music Man of the Year.
Personal Life
  • Hugh got married to theatre personality Jo Green on June 16, 1989 and has three children. His sons, Charles and William, were born in 1988 and 1991 respectively. His daughter, Rebecca, was born in 1993.
  • Hugh Laurie was awarded with the OBE or the Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2007 for his services toward drama.
  • The actor suffers from severe clinical depression and has been in therapy for years.
  • Hugh Laurie got a star of his own on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ on October 25, 2016.

1. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

  (Drama, Romance)

2. Blackadder Back & Forth (1999)

  (Short, Comedy, Sci-Fi, History)

3. Mr. Pip (2012)

  (Drama, War)

4. Peter's Friends (1992)

  (Romance, Drama, Comedy)

5. Street Kings (2008)

  (Drama, Thriller, Crime, Action)

6. The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)

  (Adventure, Action)

7. Tomorrowland (2015)

  (Adventure, Mystery, Action, Sci-Fi, Family)

8. Cousin Bette (1998)

  (Romance, Drama, Comedy)


Golden Globe Awards
2017 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television The Night Manager (2016)
2007 Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama House M.D. (2004)
2006 Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama House M.D. (2004)
People's Choice Awards
2011 Favorite TV Doctor Winner
2011 Favorite TV Drama Actor Winner
2009 Favorite Male TV Star Winner

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