James Hugh Calum Laurie
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Hugh Laurie went to the Dragon School until the age of 13.
After that, he got enrolled at a private school, Eton College.
Then, he got admission at the Selwyn College, which is a constituent college of Cambridge University. With his admission at Selwyn College, he had sought to follow his father, who had studied at the same college. There, he specialized in social anthropology and studied archeology as well.
Actor, writer, director, musician, singer, comedian, author
- Father – William George Ranald Mundell Laurie (Doctor, won a gold medal in rowing at the Olympics game held in 1948 in London)
- Mother – Patricia Laurie (Hugh has had a difficult relationship with his mom, who he felt was frustrated with him and didn’t like him)
- Siblings – Charles Alexander Lyon Mundell Laurie (Older Brother), Susan Laurie (Older Sister), Janet Laurie (Older Sister)
- Others – William Walker Laurie (Paternal Grandfather), Margaret Grieve Mundell (Paternal Grandmother), Hugh Alexander Lyon Laidlaw (Maternal Grandfather), Sarah Georgina Fraser (Maternal Grandmother)
Hugh Laurie is represented by Hamilton Hodell.
Blues, jazz, R&B, tango
Vocals, guitar, piano, keyboard
Warner Bros. Records
6 ft 2½ in or 190 cm
94 kg or 207 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Hugh Laurie has dated –
- Emma Thompson (1978-1982) – Hugh met actress Emma Thompson while working in Cambridge Footlights during his college days. They started dating soon after and were together for more than 4 years. In his final year in college, he was the president of Footlights, whereas Emma served as a vice president.
- Joanne Green (1988-Present) – Hugh got married to theater administrator Jo Green in June 1989 in London. She gave birth to their first son, Charles a year before their marriage. In 1991, she gave birth to their second son, Williams. In 1992, they welcomed a baby girl, Rebecca in their family. They had to overcome some serious obstacles to keep their marriage intact. He had to spend considerable time away from his family (based in London) due to his shooting commitments in Los Angeles. They also had to deal with his depression. Plus, he has also owned up to having an extramarital affair with a film director.
- Audrey Cooke (1997) – Laurie was RUMORed to be having an affair with director, Audrey Cooke in 1997. They had reportedly grown close while working on the children’s movie, The Place of Lions. His wife Jo had to write an emotional letter to Audrey, asking her to leave her husband alone. The distress he had caused to two women also convinced him to seek help for his depression problem.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Scottish origin.
- Blue eyes
- Tall body
His body specifications may be –
- Chest – 43 in or 109 cm
- Arms / Biceps – 15 in or 38 cm
- Waist – 35 in or 89 cm
Hugh Laurie has been featured in the TV commercials for brands –
- Polaroid cameras
- Alliance & Leicester (alongside Stephen Fry)
- Marks & Spencer
- L’Oréal Men Expert
- Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut
- Panama Cigars
- Walkers Baked Crisps
Hugh has also lent his voice for TV commercials for the following brands
- Fisher Price
- Kellogg’s Frosted Wheats
- Walkers Crisps
- Hartleys Jam
- Birds Eye Crispy Chicken Dippers
- Muller Crunch Corner
- Energizer batteries
- Walkers Lites
- Roundup weedkiller
- Hornby Track Mat
- Philadelphia Cream Cheese
- Lloyds Pharmacy
- Johnson’s Baby Softwash
- Anchor Spreadable
- Walkers crisps
Best Known For
- Being cast as Dr. Gregory House in the medical drama TV series, House.
- Playing the role of Senator Tom James in the HBO TV series, Veep.
In April 2011, Hugh released his debut studio album, Let Them Talk, which managed to race to the top of US Blues Chart and peaked at #2 spot on the UK music charts.
In 1985, Hugh first appeared in the British drama movie Plenty for his role as Michael.
First TV Show
Laurie made his TV show debut with work in The Cellar Tapes in 1981. He also served as a writer for the show.
Having been an oarsman in his college days, Hugh had a head start in developing fitness and getting an athletic physique.
Hugh has always relied on running for half a dozen miles per day to keep fat off his body. He also hits the gym for his weight training sessions and aerobics routines during the lunch time.
He also likes to indulge in boxing to keep himself in the best shape possible during the weekend.
Hugh Laurie Favorite Things
- Movie – Dr. Strangelove (1964)
- Comfort Food – Sausages
- Color – Green
- Books – Mister Pip (By Lloyd Jones)
- Actors – Steve McQueen and Clint Eastwood
- Soccer Club – Fulham FC
- Author – PG Wodehouse
- Music Albums – The Letter (By Joe Cocker), My Journey to the Sky (By Sister Rosetta Tharpe), Louisiana 1927 (By Randy Newman), Go to the Mardi Gras (By Professor Longhair), Grinnin’ in Your Face (By Son House), I Wish I Knew How It Would Be to Be Free (By Nina Simone), I Cover the Waterfront (By Lester Young–Buddy Rich Trio), Brown Eyed Girl (By Van Morrison)
Hugh Laurie Facts
- Hugh Laurie is an avid motorcyclist and apart from the thrill of flying on a good bike, he prefers motorcycle because he loves the anonymity a motorcycle helmet provides.
- He got his first motorcycle at the age of 16. It was a present from his dad. Soon after, he had an accident, which put him in a wheelchair for weeks.
- In his college days, he was very good in rowing and in 1977, even managed to win National Junior Championship for rowing (coxed pair).
- In 1977, Laurie and his rowing partner were selected to compete for England at the World Junior Championship where they managed to grab the 4th spot.
- He was selected to portray Perry White in the action movie, Superman Returns (2006). However, as he had a very tight work schedule due to his involvement in House, he had to back away from the project.
- In 2007, in recognition for his contribution to drama, he was honored with OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
- In 2012, the Guinness Book of World Records stated that Laurie was the most watched main actor on television due to the immense popularity of his TV series, House.
- In 1996, he became a published novelist after he released his first book, The Gun Seller, which was a thriller with touches of humor. It managed to sneak in bestsellers list.
- When he neither felt frightened nor excited in watching two cars collide while driving in a charity demolition derby, he realized that he was suffering from depression.
- In October 2016, he was honored for his achievements as an actor with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6172 Hollywood Boulevard.
- He has a membership of Leander Club (where his father served as a President), which is one of the oldest rowing clubs in the world.
- Laurie was Douglas Adams’ first choice for the role of Arthur Dent in the movie adaptation of his novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. However, Adams’ untimely death led to directors going for British actor Martin Freeman instead.
- Laurie had to give up on his promising rowing career due to glandular fever (mononucleosis). However, this led to him joining Cambridge Footlights, which was Cambridge University’s drama club.
- Visit his official website @ hughlaurieblues.com.
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