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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Longtime best friend 'Stephen Fry (I)' (qv) served as best man at Laurie's marriage to Jo Green (1989).
- 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.
- Stated on a British chat show that he doesn't like doing plays; he said that in the only play he'd ever done (Gasping, by Ben Elton), he "felt like [he] was going out of [his] mind", and that he had out of body experiences on stage. He also stated it was something he would never do again.
- He was a member of the Cambridge Footlights and in 1981, along with 'Stephen Fry (I)' (qv), 'Tony Slattery' (qv), 'Emma Thompson (I)' (qv), Paul Dwyer and 'Paul Shearer (I)' (qv), he became the winner of the first ever Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.