Jun. 11th, 1959
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Guest TV Roles[none found]
Hugh was born in Oxford, England on June 11, 1959. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge. Son of an Olympic gold medalist in the sport, he rowed for the England youth team (1977) and for Cambridge (1980). He met 'Emma Thompson' at Cambridge in 1978 when both joined "Footlights" and was introduced to 'Stephen Fry' by Emma in 1980. Hugh is married and lives in Los Angeles. His wife and three children, who previously lived in London, are moving to Los Angeles to live with him. Besides acting and comedy, he has written the best-selling thriller, The Gun Seller, also has done a screenplay for the film version, and has a second novel called "The Paper Soldier" being published on September 27, 2009.
- He is a big fan of 'Steve McQueen (I)' (qv).
- Plays the husband opposite 'Imelda Staunton' (qv)'s characters in two films: _Sense and Sensibility (1995)_ (qv) and _Peter's Friends (1992)_ (qv).
- Auditioned for the part of Rimmer in _"Red Dwarf" (1988)_ (qv). Others to audition for the part were 'Norman Lovett' (qv), 'Lee Cornes' (qv), 'Alfred Molina (I)' (qv), 'Alan Rickman' (qv), and 'Craig Ferguson (I)' (qv). The role went to 'Chris Barrie' (qv).
- Was first cast in the role of Perry White in _Superman Returns (2006)_ (qv). However, the popularity of his TV show _"House M.D." (2004)_ (qv) caused schedule conflicts. 'Frank Langella' (qv) was then cast.
- He was a house captain (senior prefect) in his last year at Eton College. He also played percussion for the school's orchestra and was a "wet bob" - a member of Eton's prestigious rowing team.
- 'Stephen Fry (I)' (qv) is godfather of his three children.
- 'Douglas Adams' (qv), author of _The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)_ (qv), originally wanted him to play Arthur Dent for the film adaptation. A deal was almost in place to have Hugh play Dent, along with 'Jim Carrey' (qv) as Zaphod and 'Jay Roach' (qv) directing, before Adams's untimely death.
- His daughter 'Rebecca Laurie' (qv) starred in the film _Wit (2001) (TV)_ (qv) as 'Emma Thompson (I)' (qv)'s character aged five.