Jun. 11th, 1959
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
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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.
- Great-great-nephew of 'George Alexander (III)' (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).
- He received his first motorcycle when he was 16 as a present from his father. The same year he owned his first guitar, a Yamaha.
- His son Bill auditioned for a role in a Harry Potter film but was told he was too young.
- Although his first name is James, he has never been called that. His third name, Calum, is the short form of 'Mael Calum', which translates from Gaidhlig (Scots Gaelic) to Scottish and English as 'Malcolm'. (The Gaeilge or Irish Gaelic form is 'Maol Colm', or 'Colm' in short form). His brother's full name is Charles Alexander Lyon Mundell Laurie.
- His father, William George Ranald Mundell Laurie (known as Ran), and mother, Patricia, are both of Scottish descent.
- He was a member of the Cambridge Footlights and in 1981, along with 'Stephen Fry (I)' (qv), 'Tony Slattery' (qv), 'Emma Thompson (I)' (qv), Paul Dwyer and 'Paul Shearer (I)' (qv), he became the winner of the first ever Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
- Achieved a Third-Class Honours degree in anthropology & archaeology at Selwyn College, Cambridge University.