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.
- 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.
- When 'Bryan Singer' (qv) cast Laurie as Gregory House on _"House M.D." (2004)_ (qv), he was unaware that Laurie is British.
- 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.
- He is a big fan of 'Steve McQueen (I)' (qv).
- 1977: Won the National Junior Championship for rowing (coxed pair). In the same year, he and his rowing partner represented England in the World Junior Championship for rowing where they finished fourth place.
- 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.
- Entered the 1980 Silver Goblets and Nicklass Cup with his Eton rowing partner J.S. Palmer at the Henley Royal Regatta, becoming the only British crew to reach the final that year. They finished in second place behind the favored American crew.
- Achieved a Third-Class Honours degree in anthropology & archaeology at Selwyn College, Cambridge University.