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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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After gaining notice in his native England as a writer and sketch comedy performer, actor Hugh Laurie would eventually make his name as a gifted dramatic actor in the United States. As a member of the Footlights Club at Cambridge, Laurie was able to hone comedic chops that later served him well on such British shows as "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" (BBC2/BBC1, 1989-1995), "Jeeves and Wooster" (ITV, 1990-93), and the famed "Blackadder" series. He made his feature film debut in Emma Thompson's "Sense and Sensibility" (1995), which she adapted and starred in. Making strides in Hollywood via kiddie movies, he appeared in "101 Dalmatians" (1996) and "Stuart Little" (1999). Despite years of steady work on both sides of the pond, Laurie remained an unknown to most Americans until he landed the leading role on the hit series "House, M.D." (Fox, 2004-2012), in which he played the misanthropic, cantankerous Dr. Gregory House. For several seasons, Laurie portrayed the Vicodin-riddled genius able to diagnose rare diseases using unorthodox means with flair, turning Dr. House into one of the most complex and well-liked characters in small screen history. Over the years, he earned numerous awards and nominations for...

After gaining notice in his native England as a writer and sketch comedy performer, actor Hugh Laurie would eventually make his name as a gifted dramatic actor in the United States. As a member of the Footlights Club at Cambridge, Laurie was able to hone comedic chops that later served him well on such British shows as "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" (BBC2/BBC1, 1989-1995), "Jeeves and Wooster" (ITV, 1990-93), and the famed "Blackadder" series. He made his feature film debut in Emma Thompson's "Sense and Sensibility" (1995), which she adapted and starred in. Making strides in Hollywood via kiddie movies, he appeared in "101 Dalmatians" (1996) and "Stuart Little" (1999). Despite years of steady work on both sides of the pond, Laurie remained an unknown to most Americans until he landed the leading role on the hit series "House, M.D." (Fox, 2004-2012), in which he played the misanthropic, cantankerous Dr. Gregory House. For several seasons, Laurie portrayed the Vicodin-riddled genius able to diagnose rare diseases using unorthodox means with flair, turning Dr. House into one of the most complex and well-liked characters in small screen history. Over the years, he earned numerous awards and nominations for the role, which allowed the previously unknown Laurie to become a beloved American fixture on television.

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 Mister Pip (2012)
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 Hop (2011)
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 Arthur Christmas (2011)
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 Valiant (2005) Voice
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 Stuart Little 2 (2002) Mr Little
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 Maybe Baby (2000) Sam Bell
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 Carnivale (1999) Voice Of Cenzo
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Was a member of the Footlights Club, a theater group at Cambridge which included Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry
1982:
Made English TV debut with the Footlight show "The Cellar Tapes"
1982:
Co-wrote and performed in two seasons of his first English TV series "Alfresco"
1985:
Made feature acting debut in "Plenty"
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Starred in the series "LWT's South of Watford"
1986:
Regularly performed on the English comedy series "Saturday Live" (ITV)
1987:
American TV debut on the PBS presentation of "Mrs. Capper's Birthday"
1987:
Cast as Prince Regent on the BBC comedy series "Black Adder the Third"
1987:
Co-wrote and co-starred in the English sketch comedy series "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" with Stephen Fry (BBC)
1990:
Cast as Lt. George in the English comedy series "Blackadder Goes Forth" (BBC)
1990:
Co-starred in the PBS/BBC adaptation of P G Wodehouse's "Jeeves & Wooster" series; series also co-starred Stephen Fry
1992:
Joined the ensemble cast in Kenneth Branagh's "Peter's Friends"
1995:
Co-starred in "Sense and Sensibility," adapted by and starring Emma Thompson
1996:
Starred in the Disney classic "101 Dalmatians"
1998:
Cast opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, as the King's Advisor in "The Man in the Iron Mask"
1999:
Played Mr. Little in "Stuart Little" based on the book by E.B. White
2001:
Portrayed Vincente Minnelli in the ABC TV movie "Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows"
2002:
Reprised the role of Mr. Little for "Stuart Little 2"
2002:
Guest starred on two episodes of the spy thriller series "Spooks" (BBC1)
2003:
Starred in and directed ITV's comedy-drama series "Fortysomething"
2004:
Starred with Dennis Quaid in "Flight of the Phoenix"
2004:
Landed breakthrough role as Dr. Gregory House on the Fox medical drama "House"
2008:
Co-starred with Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker in "Street Kings"
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"
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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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.

Companions close complete companion listing

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

Family close complete family listing

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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