Hugh Laurie

Actor / Writer

Born: 11 June 1959
Birthplace: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Best known as:

The grumpy-but-brilliant doctor in TV's House

After two decades as a popular comedian in the United Kingdom, Hugh Laurie found fame in the United States as percipient churl Dr. Gregory House in TV's House, M.D. Hugh Laurie got his start in Cambridge University's Footlights Revue in 1979. There he met actress Emma Thompson and his future partner in comedy, Stephen Fry. Laurie and Fry became familiar faces on British television in the 1980s and '90s , appearing in Rowan Atkinson's Blackadder series, as well as A Bit of Fry & Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster (with Laurie as Bertie Wooster). On film, Hugh Laurie appeared with Thompson in Peter's Friends (1992) and Ang Lee's version of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility (1995, also with Kate Winslet). Once in Hollywood, Laurie became familiar to filmgoers for his roles in children's movies, especially the live-action version of 101 Dalmations (1996, starring Glenn Close) and 1999's Stuart Little and its sequels (opposite Geena Davis). In 2004 he won the lead role in the medical series House (which also starred Lisa Edelstein).  Laurie played Dr. Gregory House, a cranky skeptic with a limp and a sour disposition who was nonetheless a brilliant diagnostician.  (House's signature comment: "Everybody lies.") The role brought Laurie six Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe wins (2006 and 2007). The show ran for eight seasons, with producers announcing early in 2012 that the final episode would air on May 21st, 2012.

Extra credit:

Hugh Laurie published a well-received comic spy novel, The Gun Seller, in 1996... Hugh Laurie was nominated for an Emmy as outstanding lead actor in a drama series in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011, but did not win in any of those years... He was also nominated by the Screen Actors Guild as outstanding actor in a drama series every year from 2006-11, winning the award in 2007 and 2009.

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