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Also Known As: James Hugh Calum Laurie Died:
Born: June 11, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Oxford, England, GB Profession: writer, actor

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Though many American fans know Hugh Laurie best for his iconic role on the medical drama "House" (Fox, 2004-2012), viewers in Britain knew him far earlier for his wildly popular comedy work with creative partner Stephen Fry. Born in Oxford, England in 1959, Laurie was a successful member of his high school rowing team. He continued rowing after enrolling at Cambridge University, but after a bout of mononucleosis forced him to quit the team, Laurie discovered an unexpected new path in life by joining the Footlights drama club. It was there that he met and began working with Fry, performing their bits for theatrical audiences. Eventually, they brought their talents to the television screen on the sketch series "Alfresco" (ITV, 1983-84), shortly before they both joined the cast of the cult favorite series "The Black Adder" (BBC, 1986-1996) alongside Rowan Atkinson. Meanwhile, Laurie and Fry would find a new TV home for their collaborations when they began co-writing and co-starring on the sketch series "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" (BBC, 1987-1995). The show would run until 1995, with Laurie and Fry concurrently starring on the show "Jeeves and Wooster" (ITV, 1990-93) from 1990 to 1993. Laurie would enjoy...

Though many American fans know Hugh Laurie best for his iconic role on the medical drama "House" (Fox, 2004-2012), viewers in Britain knew him far earlier for his wildly popular comedy work with creative partner Stephen Fry. Born in Oxford, England in 1959, Laurie was a successful member of his high school rowing team. He continued rowing after enrolling at Cambridge University, but after a bout of mononucleosis forced him to quit the team, Laurie discovered an unexpected new path in life by joining the Footlights drama club. It was there that he met and began working with Fry, performing their bits for theatrical audiences. Eventually, they brought their talents to the television screen on the sketch series "Alfresco" (ITV, 1983-84), shortly before they both joined the cast of the cult favorite series "The Black Adder" (BBC, 1986-1996) alongside Rowan Atkinson. Meanwhile, Laurie and Fry would find a new TV home for their collaborations when they began co-writing and co-starring on the sketch series "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" (BBC, 1987-1995). The show would run until 1995, with Laurie and Fry concurrently starring on the show "Jeeves and Wooster" (ITV, 1990-93) from 1990 to 1993. Laurie would enjoy success in movies as well, with memorable turns in "Sense and Sensibility" (1995) and "Stuart Little" (1999). After taking on the role of Dr. Gregory House on "House" in 2004 however, Laurie's fame reached a new level. He would stick with the series until 2012, going on to star on the series "Chance" (Hulu, 2016-) before signing on to star with George Clooney and Kyle Chandler in a mini-series adaptation of the novel "Catch-22" (Hulu, 2019).

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 Tomorrowland (2015)
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 Mister Pip (2014)
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 Arthur Christmas (2011)
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 Hop (2011)
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 Valiant (2005)
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 Stuart Little 2 (2002)
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1987:
Co-wrote and co-starred in the English sketch comedy series "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" with Stephen Fry (BBC)
1982:
Made English TV debut with the Footlight show "The Cellar Tapes"
2002:
Guest starred on two episodes of the spy thriller series "Spooks" (BBC1)
1986:
Regularly performed on the English comedy series "Saturday Live" (ITV)
2002:
Reprised the role of Mr. Little for "Stuart Little 2"
2004:
Starred with Dennis Quaid in "Flight of the Phoenix"
2009:
Voiced Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D., a mad scientist with the head of a cockroach, in the computer-animated 3-D feature, "Monsters vs. Aliens"
1987:
Cast as Prince Regent on the BBC comedy series "Black Adder the Third"
1999:
Played Mr. Little in "Stuart Little" based on the book by E.B. White
1987:
American TV debut on the PBS presentation of "Mrs. Capper's Birthday"
1990:
Cast as Lt. George in the English comedy series "Blackadder Goes Forth" (BBC)
1998:
Cast opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, as the King's Advisor in "The Man in the Iron Mask"
2008:
Co-starred with Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker in "Street Kings"
1985:
Made feature acting debut in "Plenty"
2003:
Starred in and directed ITV's comedy-drama series "Fortysomething"
1996:
Starred in the Disney classic "101 Dalmatians"
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Starred in the series "LWT's South of Watford"
1995:
Co-starred in "Sense and Sensibility," adapted by and starring Emma Thompson
1990:
Co-starred in the PBS/BBC adaptation of P G Wodehouse's "Jeeves & Wooster" series; series also co-starred Stephen Fry
1982:
Co-wrote and performed in two seasons of his first English TV series "Alfresco"
1992:
Joined the ensemble cast in Kenneth Branagh's "Peter's Friends"
2004:
Landed breakthrough role as Dr. Gregory House on the Fox medical drama "House"
2001:
Portrayed Vincente Minnelli in the ABC TV movie "Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows"
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Was a member of the Footlights Club, a theater group at Cambridge which included Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Drama
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in Drama Series
2011:
Voiced the character of E.B.'s (Russell Brand) dad in the animated feature "Hop"
2011:
Voiced the character Steve in the animated feature "Arthur Christmas"
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Began starring on the thriller series "Chance"
2018:
Joined the star-studded cast of the mini-series adaptation of "Catch-22"
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Education

Eton College: -
Selwyn College, University of Cambridge: -
Selwyn College, University of Cambridge: -
Dragon School: -

Notes

"Hugh's a novelist, he's a piano player, he's a comedian, and he rides a motorcycle!"---Producer Bryan Singer on Laurie's multi talents to People, April 11, 2005.

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companion:
Emma Thompson. Actor. Dated briefly while both attended Cambridge.
wife:
Jo Green. Married in June 1989.

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father:
W G R M Laurie. Retired physician. Was a competitive oarsman at Cambridge; won 1948 Olympic Gold Medal.
mother:
Patricia Laurie.

Bibliography close complete biography

"The Gun Seller" Soho Press

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