Hugh Laurie Biography
James Hugh Calum Laurie CBE is well known as an English actor, comedian, writer, and musician. Likewise, he first gained recognition for his work as one half of the comedy double act Fry and Laurie together with Stephen Fry.
How old is Hugh Laurie? – Age
The English actor is 64 years old as of 2023. He was born on 11 June 1959, in Blackbird Leys, Oxford, United Kingdom, where he also grew up.
How tall is Hugh Laurie? – Height
Laurie stands at a height stature of 6 feet 1 inch (1.88 m).
Hugh Laurie Mother, Father, Siblings – Family
Laurie was born to Patricia Laurie (mother) and Ran Laurie (father). He was brought up along with his siblings; Charles Alexander Lyon Mundell Laurie, Janet Laurie, and Susan Laurie.
Hugh Laurie’s Education
Laurie was raised in Oxford and went to the Dragon School from ages seven to 13. He as well attended Eton College, which he described as “the most private of private schools”. Besides, he arrived at Selwyn College, Cambridge, in 1978. He also studied archaeology and anthropology, specialising in social anthropology, and later graduated holding third-class honours in 1981.
Is Hugh Laurie Married? – Wife
On 16 June 1989, Laurie got married to theatre administrator Jo Green in the Camden area of London. Besides, they are blessed with three children, Charlie, Bill, and Rebecca. Likewise, Laurie’s elder son Charlie played a small role as baby William in A Bit of Fry and Laurie, through a sketch titled “Special Squad”. Moreover, his daughter Rebecca had a role in the film Wit as five-year-old Vivian Bearing.
Forced to abandon rowing through a bout of glandular fever, he as well joined the Cambridge Footlights, a university dramatic club that has produced several well-known actors and comedians. There he also met Emma Thompson, together with whom he had a romantic relationship; the two remain good friends.
In 1980–81, his final year at university, as well rowing, Laurie became president of the Footlights, with Thompson as vice-president. Moreover, they took their annual revue, The Cellar Tapes, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and received the first Perrier Comedy Award which became presented to them by Rowan Atkinson.
Laurie also starred in the Thames Television film Letters from a Bomber Pilot in 1985 directed by David Hodgson. Likewise, this was a serious acting role, the film being dramatised from the letters home of Pilot Officer J.R.A. “Bob” Hodgson, besides a pilot in RAF Bomber Command, who was killed in action in 1943.
Laurie became nominated for an Emmy Award for his role in House in 2005. However, he did not win, he did earned a Golden Globe in both 2006 and 2007 for his work on the series and also the Screen Actors Guild award in 2007 and 2009. In addition, Laurie was awarded a large increase in salary, from what became rumoured to be a mid-range five-figure sum to $350,000 per episode.
Laurie started piano lessons from the age of six. He as well sings and plays the piano, guitar, drums, harmonica, and also saxophone. Besides, he has displayed his musical talents throughout his acting career, including on A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster, House and also when he hosted Saturday Night Live in October 2006. He is also a vocalist and keyboard player for the Los Angeles charity rock group Band From TV.
Laurie’s first novel, The Gun Seller, an intricate thriller laced along with Wodehouseian humour, was published and became a best-seller in 1996. Likewise, he has since been serving on the screenplay for a film version. Besides, his second novel, The Paper Soldier, became scheduled for September 2009 but has yet to appear.
Movies and TV Shows
- Peter’s Friends
- A Pin for the Butterfly
- Sense and Sensibility
- 101 Dalmatians Jasper
- Spice World
- The Man in the Iron Mask
- Cousin Bette
- Maybe Baby
- Girl from Rio
- Stuart Little 2
- The Young Visiter
- Flight of the Phoenix
- The Big Empty
- Street Kings
- The Oranges
- Mr. Pip
- Holmes & Watson
- The Personal History of David Copperfield
Hugh Laurie Net Worth
Citing his acting career, Hugh has an estimated net worth of $25 Million.
Hugh Laurie Instagram
You can find and follow Laurie on Instagram using the account @praisethelourd