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.
- He has three children: Charles Archibald Laurie (b. Nov 1988), William (Bill) Albert Laurie (b. Jan 1991), and 'Rebecca Laurie' (qv) (Rebecca Augusta Laurie, b. Sep 10, 1993).
- Is the uncle of actress 'Rachel Hurd-Wood' (qv).
- 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.
- 'Stephen Fry (I)' (qv) is godfather of his three children.
- During their time at Cambridge Footlights, he and 'Emma Thompson (I)' (qv) dated for some time.
- Plays the husband opposite 'Imelda Staunton' (qv)'s characters in two films: _Sense and Sensibility (1995)_ (qv) and _Peter's Friends (1992)_ (qv).
- His daughter 'Rebecca Laurie' (qv) starred in the film _Wit (2001) (TV)_ (qv) as 'Emma Thompson (I)' (qv)'s character aged five.
- He was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2007 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to drama.