Happy birthday Hugh Laurie!

Hugh Laurie in 2012
Hugh Laurie in 2012

James Hugh Calum Laurie (photo ©Jeroen Komen) – this is his full name – was born on June 11, 1959 in Oxford, England.

Hugh Laurie’s father won a gold medal at the 1948 Olympics in rowing and in his youth he followed in his father’s footsteps achieving good results. He was forced to abandon that sport when he fell ill with mononucleosis and at that point decided to join a theatre company at the university. There he met Emma Thompson, who introduced him to Stephen Fry.

Hugh Laurie’s stage activity became more and more serious making him also earn some television roles, in particular in the sketch show “Alfresco”. In the following years he gained fame on television by participating in the shows “The Black Adder”, “A Bit of Fry and Laurie” with his friend Stephen Fry, and “Jeeves and Wooster”. On several occasions he showed not only his skills as an actor but also as a musician as he learned to play various instruments since his childhood.

Negl 1989 Hugh Laurie got married to Joanna Green, with whom he had their children Charles (1988), Bill (1991) and Rebecca (1993).

In the 1990s Hugh Laurie started obtaining important roles in cinema as well in movies such as “Sense and Sensibility” (1995), together with his friend Emma Thompson, and “101 Dalmatians” (1996).

In 1996, Hugh Laurie released the humorous thriller “The Gun Seller”. For years rumors spread of the publication of a sequel with announcements and delays, but for now the last statement by the author, in 2009, is that he hasn’t even started writing it.

For several years Hugh Laurie worked alternating television productions, sometimes lending his voice to cartoon characters, and cinema and in the 2003 TV show “Fortysomething” in addition to being among the protagonists he also directed three episodes.

After gaining fame for years in his British homeland, Hugh Laurie also became famous in the USA when he started playing the cranky but brilliant Dr. Gregory House in the TV show “House, M.D.” in 2004. During the eight seasons of the show, Laurie won two Golden Globes for Best Actor along with various other awards. After the end of the show, he took three years off cinema and television.

Hugh Laurie didn’t interrupt his activity as a musician, on the contrary during those years he carried out some collaborations with various artists and above all he published some singles and the albums “Let Them Talk” in 2011 and “Didn’t It Rain” in 2013.

Hugh Laurie’s return to his activity as an actor was marked at the cinema by his participation in the movie “Tomorrowland” (2015) and in television by that as a recurring character in the show “Veep”. His role in the 2016 miniseries “The Night Manager” earned him another Golden Globe, this time as Best Supporting Actor.

Hugh Laurie received the honors of Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2007 and Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2018 for his services to drama. His name is associated with some television and cinema productions that are at the moment in different phases so in the future we’ll see this actor in new roles.


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