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.
- His father won an Olympic gold medal for coxless pairs in the 1948 Games in London. Hugh also had a promising career as an oarsman, but he was forced to give it up while at Cambridge when he contracted glandular fever (mononucleosis). His brother was also an oarsman.
- He is an accomplished piano player.
- He lives in a West Hollywood apartment rental while working on _"House M.D." (2004)_ (qv), but flies home to London to be with his family whenever he has a break in filming. He has said that he will move his whole family to America to be with him if the second season looks to be equally successful as the first.
- Is the uncle of actress 'Rachel Hurd-Wood' (qv).
- In the 1980s he shared a house in London with 'Stephen Fry (I)' (qv). They needed some plastering done. The plasterers turned out to be 'Paul Whitehouse (I)' (qv) and 'Charlie Higson' (qv), who were inspired by Fry and Laurie to have a go at comedy.
- Directed some scenes of his film _Maybe Baby (2000)_ (qv) when 'Ben Elton' (qv) had to go to hospital for the birth of his children.
- 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.
- 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).