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 was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2007 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to drama.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Plays the husband opposite 'Imelda Staunton' (qv)'s characters in two films: _Sense and Sensibility (1995)_ (qv) and _Peter's Friends (1992)_ (qv).
- 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.
- 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.