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.
- 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.
- Attended the Dragon School, a renowned British "public" college preparatory school located in Oxford, England. Also attended by actress 'Emma Watson (II)' (qv) and tennis player Tim Henman.
- Is the uncle of actress 'Rachel Hurd-Wood' (qv).
- Longtime best friend 'Stephen Fry (I)' (qv) served as best man at Laurie's marriage to Jo Green (1989).
- His father, William George Ranald Mundell Laurie (known as Ran), and mother, Patricia, are both of Scottish descent.
- 'Stephen Fry (I)' (qv) is godfather of his three children.
- He is a member of the celebrity band 16:9 with 'Greg Grunberg' (qv) of _"Alias" (2001)_ (qv) and _"Felicity" (1998)_ (qv), 'James Denton' (qv) of _"Desperate Housewives" (2004)_ (qv), 'Bob Guiney' (qv) of _"The Bachelor" (2002)_ (qv), and other special guests.
- 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).