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Blackadder, Jeeves and Wooster, House M.D.
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James Hugh Calum Laurie, OBE (born 11 June 1959), known as Hugh Laurie /ˌhjuː ˈlɒri/, is an English actor, comedian, writer, musician and director. He first became known as one half of the Fry and Laurie double act, along with his friend and comedy partner Stephen Fry, whom he joined in the cast of A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster from 1985 to 1999.
From 2004 to 2012, he played Dr. Gregory House, the protagonist of House, for which he received two Golden Globe awards, two Screen Actors Guild awards, and six Emmy nominations. He has been listed in the 2011 Guinness Book of World Records as the highest paid actor ever in a television drama, earning £250,000 ($409,000) per episode in House, and for being the most watched leading man on television.
Laurie was born in Oxford. The youngest of four children, Laurie has an older brother named Charles Alexander Lyon Mundell Laurie and two older sisters named Susan and Janet. He had a strained relationship with his mother, Patricia (née Laidlaw). He notes that his mother, "was Presbyterian by character, by mood" and that he was "a frustration to her... she didn't like me". His father, William George Ranald Mundell Laurie, was a doctor who also won an Olympic gold medal in the coxless pairs (rowing) at the 1948 London Games.
Laurie's parents, who were of Scottish descent, attended St. Columba's Presbyterian Church of England (now United Reformed Church) in Oxford. He notes that "belief in God didn't play a large role in my home, but a certain attitude to life and the living of it did." He followed this by stating, "pleasure was something that was treated with great suspicion, pleasure was something that... I was going to say it had to be earned but even the earning of it didn't really work. It was something to this day, I mean, I carry that with me. I find pleasure a difficult thing; I don't know what you do with it, I don't know where to put it." He has stated, "I don't believe in God, but I have this idea that if there were a God, or destiny of some kind looking down on us, that if he saw you taking anything for granted he'd take it away." He was brought up in Oxford and attended the Dragon School from ages 7 to 13 and notes that he "was, in truth, a horrible child. Not much given to things of a bookey nature, I spent a large part of my youth smoking Number Six and cheating in French vocabulary tests."
He went on to Eton, which he describes as "the most private of private schools." He attributes his attending Selwyn College, Cambridge, as "a result of family tradition" as his "father went to Cambridge and I applied to the same college." Laurie notes his father had a successful bout as an oarsman at Cambridge and that he was "trying to follow in his father's footsteps." He studied for a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology, specialising in Social anthropology.
Like his father, Laurie was an oarsman at school and university; in 1977, he was a member of the junior coxed pair that won the British national title before representing Britain's Youth Team at the 1977 Junior World Rowing Championships. In 1980, Laurie and his rowing partner, J.S. Palmer, were runners-up in the Silver Goblets coxless pairs for Eton Vikings rowing club. Later, he also achieved a Blue while taking part in the 1980 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. Cambridge lost that year by 5 feet. During this time Laurie was training for up to 8 hours a day and was on course to become an Olympic-standard rower. Laurie is a member of Leander Club, one of the oldest rowing clubs in the world. He was also a member of the Hermes Club and the Hawks' Club.
Forced to abandon rowing during a bout of glandular fever (mononucleosis), Laurie joined the Cambridge Footlights, the university dramatic club that has produced many well-known actors and comedians. There he met Emma Thompson, with whom he had a romantic relationship; the two remain good friends. She introduced him to his future comedy partner, Stephen Fry. Laurie, Fry and Thompson later parodied themselves as the University Challenge representatives of "Footlights College, Oxbridge" in "Bambi", an episode of The Young Ones, with the series' co-writer Ben Elton completing their team.
In 1980–81, his final year at university, besides rowing, Laurie was also president of the Footlights, with Thompson as vice-president. They took their annual revue, The Cellar Tapes, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and won the first Perrier Comedy Award. The revue was written principally by Laurie and Fry, and the cast also included Thompson, Tony Slattery, Paul Shearer and Penny Dwyer. He states that he did not graduate from Cambridge.
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Dragon School, Oxford, England
Eton College, Archaeology & Anthropology, Selwyn College, Cambridge
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James Hugh Calum Laurie
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James Hugh Calum Laurie, OBE (born 11 June 1959), known professionally as Hugh Laurie ( ), is an English actor, writer, director, musician and comedian. He first became known as one-half of the Fry and Laurie double act with his friend and comedy partner Stephen Fry, whom he joined in the cast of A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Blackadder, and Jeeves and Wooster in the 1980s and 1990s.
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Hamilton Hodell Talent Agency (UK), William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (USA)
(2001) TV commercial: Marks & Spencer., (2002) TV commercial: Bradford & Bingley plc., TV commercial: Alliance & Leicester (with Stephen Fry)., (1980s) TV commercial (UK): Polaroid cameras., (2011) TV commercial: L'Oréal Men Expert., (1985) TV commercial for Kellogg's Crunchy Nut., (1988) TV commercial for Panama Cigars., (1996) TV commercials for Fisher Price (voice-over), (1996) TV commercial for Kellogg's Frosted Wheats (voice-over), (1996) TV commercial for Walkers Crisps (voice-over), (1996) TV commercial for WHSmith (voice-over), (1996) TV commercial for Hartleys Jam (voice-over), (1996) TV commercial for Birds Eye Crispy Chicken Dippers (voice-over), (1996) TV commercial for Muller Crunch Corner (voice-over), (1996) TV commercial for Energizer batteries (voice-over), (1996) TV commercial for Walkers Lites (voice-over), (1996) TV commercial for BT (voice-over), (1996) TV commercial for Roundup weedkiller (voice-over), (1996) TV commercial for Hornby Track Mat (voice-over), (1997) TV commercial for Persil (voice-over), (1999) TV commercial for Philadelphia Cream Cheese (voice-over), (2000) TV commercial for Domainnames.com (voice-over), (2000) TV commercial for Which (voice-over), (2000) TV commercial for Lloyds Pharmacy (voice-over), (2002) TV commercial for Johnson's Baby Softwash (voice-over), (2007) TV commercial for Walkers Baked Crisps., (1999) TV commercial for Clinomyn (voice-over), (1999) TV commercial for Daewoo (voice-over), (2000) TV commercial for Anchor Spreadable (voice-over)