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Hugh Laurie

Known for possessing a keen eye for the complex characters he creates as an actor and a writer, Hugh Laurie currently brings that talent to his work on the critically acclaimed series, House for which he has won two Golden Globe Awards, a SAG Award, and has been nominated for two Emmy awards. The innovative and uncompromising series features Laurie as Dr. Gregory House, an antisocial and brutally honest doctor who combines an unconventional approach to his cases with flawless instincts. The remaining episodes of the third season will begin airing on April 28, 2008.

Laurie previously starred in a number of groundbreaking British television comedy series, including four seasons of A Bit of Fry and Laurie, which he co-wrote for the BBC with Stephen Fry; three seasons of Blackadder, written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton; and three seasons of Saturday Live. In addition, four seasons of Jeeves and Wooster, based on the novels of P.G. Wodehouse, aired on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre from 1990-1995.

On the big screen, Laurie was last seen in the 20th Century Fox release FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX opposite Dennis Quaid. Other film credits include PETER'S FRIENDS directed and co-starring Kenneth Branagh, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet, COUSIN BETTE with Jessica Lange, THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK, 101 DALMATIONS, STUART LITTLE and STUART LITTLE 2 with Geena Davis.

On American television, Laurie portrayed Vincente Minnelli opposite Judy Davis in the network telefilm Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows. He also appeared in Tracy Takes On and Friends.

In addition to acting, Laurie has directed television programs and commercials, composed and recorded numerous original songs and written articles for London's The Daily Telegraph. Four volumes of A Bit of Fry and Laurie scripts have been published by Mandarin and his first novel, The Gun Seller, was published in both the UK and the US to critical acclaim and has been adapted into a screenplay for MGM.

Laurie was educated at Eton and Cambridge University, where he took a degree in Anthropology. He also rowed in the University Boat Race of 1980. He was elected president of the venerable Footlights Revue, where he produced The Cellar Tapes along with Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson. The show won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival of 1981.

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Hugh Laurie Facts

OccupationActor, Screenwriter
BirthdayJune 11, 1959 (64)
BirthplaceOxford, England, United Kingdom
Height6' 2½" (1m89)  How tall is Hugh Laurie compared to you?
Awards2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Male Actor in a Drama Series (for House)
2007 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama (for House)
2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Male Actor in a Drama Series (for House MD)
2006 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama (for House)

Selected Filmography

Monsters vs. Aliens
Stuart Little 2
The Borrowers
House M.D. Complete Collection
Stuart Little
House, M.D.: Season 8
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