Jun. 11th, 1959
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Guest TV Roles[none found]
James Hugh Calum Laurie CBE is an English actor, director, singer, musician, comedian and author known for Spooks, Fortysomething, House, The Night Manager, Chance, Veep and Avenue 5.
- His son Bill auditioned for a role in a Harry Potter film but was told he was too young.
- When 'Bryan Singer' (qv) cast Laurie as Gregory House on _"House M.D." (2004)_ (qv), he was unaware that Laurie is British.
- '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.
- He is a big fan of 'Steve McQueen (I)' (qv).
- 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.
- He plays keyboard in the band "Band from TV.".
- His father, William George Ranald Mundell Laurie (known as Ran), and mother, Patricia, are both of Scottish descent.
- His daughter 'Rebecca Laurie' (qv) starred in the film _Wit (2001) (TV)_ (qv) as 'Emma Thompson (I)' (qv)'s character aged five.