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 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.
- Longtime best friend 'Stephen Fry (I)' (qv) served as best man at Laurie's marriage to Jo Green (1989).
- 'Stephen Fry (I)' (qv) is godfather of his three children.
- Is the uncle of actress 'Rachel Hurd-Wood' (qv).
- Plays keyboard in the band Poor White Thrash with 'Lenny Henry' (qv), Shade Adejumo, 'Kate McKenzie' (qv), Sophie Elton (wife of 'Ben Elton' (qv)), 'Ken Bowley', 'Andy Gangadeen' (qv), 'John Thirkell' (qv), and Phil Smith.
- His daughter 'Rebecca Laurie' (qv) starred in the film _Wit (2001) (TV)_ (qv) as 'Emma Thompson (I)' (qv)'s character aged five.
- Bought an all-black Triumph Bonneville motorcycle, a replica of the '60s British model, in Los Angeles, upon getting the role in _"House M.D." (2004)_ (qv), but he was always an avid motorcyclist, even in England. He enjoys the anonymity the motorcycle helmet gives him.
- 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.