Jun. 11th, 1959
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
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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.
- When 'Bryan Singer' (qv) cast Laurie as Gregory House on _"House M.D." (2004)_ (qv), he was unaware that Laurie is British.
- Plays the husband opposite 'Imelda Staunton' (qv)'s characters in two films: _Sense and Sensibility (1995)_ (qv) and _Peter's Friends (1992)_ (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.
- 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.
- He is a member of the Leander Club, one of the oldest rowing clubs in the world. His father once served as the club's president.
- 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.
- 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 youngest of four children, by six years. He has a brother, Charles, who works as a lawyer/shepherd in Scotland, and two sisters.