Hugh Laurie

Season 12 | AIRED: Jul 31 12/11c

Hugh 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, and would have continued in the sport but for a bout of glandular fever, which led him to convalesce in the gentler environs of the theater. 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 and got all three of them acting for money. Laurie has 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. Four seasons of Jeeves and Wooster, based on the novels of P.G. Wodehouse, aired on PBS'sMasterpiece Theatre from 1990-'95. Laurie's film credits include Peter's Friends directed by Kenneth Branagh, Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson, Cousin Bette with Jessica Lange, The Man in the Iron Mask, 101 Dalmatians, Stuart Little and Stuart Little 2 with Geena Davis, and the upcoming 20th Century Fox release Flight of the Phoenix with Dennis Quaid. On American TV, Laurie played Vincente Minnelli opposite Judy Davis in the U.S. network telefilm Life with Judy Garland: Me & My Shadows. He also appeared in Tracy Takes On and Friends. He is best known for his role as Dr. Gregory House in the hit medical drama, House M.D. 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 U.S. to critical acclaim and has been adapted into a screenplay for MGM.