Hugh Laurie Biography James Hugh Calum Laurie (born 11.6.1959) Hugh Laurie is an English actor, writer, musician, comedian and director most notable for his portrayal as House in the self-titled television series Drama, for which he was awarded two Golden Globe awards, two screen actor guild awards and six Emmy nominations. He was also listed as the 2011 Guinness World Records highest paid television actor in a Drama series, earning £250,000 per episode of House - for which he was also stated as the most watched leading man on television.
Childhood: Laurie was born in Oxford to 'Presbyterianism by character, by mood' mother, Patricia, who Hugh later stated as 'a frustration to her... she didn't like me' during an interview on 'Inside the Actors Studio'. Hugh's father William George Ranald Mundell Laurie, was a doctor who won a gold medal in the 1948 London Games in the coxless pairs (rowing). Hugh attended St. Columba's Presbyterian Church of England in Oxford, despite later stating 'I don't believe in God' in an interview with the Daily Telegraph. Hugh did not know what to do with pleasure during his childhood and states he was 'a horrible child'. Hugh went on to study at Eton and Selwyn College as part of a family tradition, in order to follow in his father's footsteps, however It wasn't until he was forced to partially abandon rowing during a case of Glandular Fever that he joined Cambridge Footlights, an amateur theatrical club including multiple notable comedians, actors and writers as members. Whilst attending the theatrical club, Laurie met close friend and romantic relation Emma Thompson, who introduced him to Stephen Fry. The trio later parodied themselves in a 'Footsteps Challenge' during an episode of The Young Ones, Hugh's first publically recognised television role. During his last year at university (80-81) Laurie was appointed as president of the Footlights association, with Thompson appointed as vice-president. They released their annual revue, The Cellar Tapes to the Edinburgh Festival Fridge and won the first Perrier Comedy Award with Laurie and Fry receiving the main writing credits. Laurie later stated he did not graduate from Cambridge.
Acting Career: The successes of The Cellar Tapes lead to a west end transfer and a television adaption, broadcast in 1982, which allowed the trio (Laurie, Fry, Thompson) to write and star in Alfresco, a comedy series also starring Robbie Coltrane, Ben Elton and Siobhan Redmond. The television show ended in 1984 (after two series) however Laurie continued to work with Fry throughout the 80's and 90's appeared in Comedy television show Black Adder, alongside star Rowan Atkinson and co-star Stephen Fry. The television series was a historical comedy where Laurie played multiple character roles, most recognised as Prince George and Lieutenant George throughout the show. Laurie continued to act in Black Adder throughout its multiple television series and television films whilst also being involved in separate television and film roles including: Sense and Sensibility (1995), 101 Dalmatians (1996), an episode of US sitcom Friends (1998) and the Stuart Little trilogy. Throughout this time Laurie continued to team up with fellow friend Stephen Fry in comedy series 'A bit of Fry & Laurie' which ran for four series between 1987 and 1995. The show received public recognition and Laurie was praised for his acting and writing. Laurie reprised his role as Mr. Little (who he played in the live animated films and cartoon film adaptation of Stuart Little) in the Stuart Little television series broadcast in 2003 and 2006. The series was nominated for Outstanding Musical Direction at the 2004 daytime Emmy awards. In some respects Laurie did follow in his father's footsteps when he was cast as Dr. Gregory House in the Golden Globe, award winning television series House. The Pilot aired on 16th November 2004 achieving Laurie instant success and recognition. The show followed anti-social maverick doctor (played by Laurie) as he attempted to solve the most unusual medical conditions. In 2006 House was awarded as official selection for the television show of the year at the AFI awards. Laurie was also continually, personally nominated for Golden Globes for his role as House. The show ran between 2004 and 2012 and co-starred Omar Epps, Jesse Spencer and Robert Sean Leonard. Whilst Laurie's was involved with House, he also played further film roles including Captain James Bigs in Street Kings, alongside Forest Whitaker, Keanu Reeves and Chris Evans and voiced Dr. Cockroach Ph.D in DreamWorks Monsters vs Aliens which won the Saturn award for best animated film. In 2012 Laurie was cast in his first leading film role, in the Independnant Comedy Drama, The Oranges. The film received a mixed reaction however Laurie was praised for his role as David. Laurie has also received musical success releasing two original blues albums with Warner Bros. Records. Laurie often used his musical talent throughout his productions including House, Jeeves and Wooster (1990 - 1993) and when he hosted Saturday Night Live in October 2006
Personal Life: Laurie's mother died of Motor Neurone Disease at the age of 73 in 1989. Laurie described his father as 'the sweetest man' when he looked after her for the two years she suffered. Laurie married Joe Green, theatre administrator in June 1989. Stephen Fry was Laurie's best man at his Camden wedding and is Godfather to Laurie's three children: Charlie, Bill and Rebecca. On 23rd May 2007, Laurie was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to Drama by the Queen. Laurie is open and has discussed his clinical depression for which he receives psychological treatment.
Tom Hiddleston would consider returning for a second series of The Night Manager.
The 35-year-old actor starred as spy Jonathan Pine in the hit BBC miniseries, which has also been broadcast in the U.S., to similar acclaim. While there has been a lot of debate about whether the show will return for a second season, Tom insists he will only agree if John Le Carre writes a sequel to the 1993 novel on which the first series was based.
In fact, following the success of the television adaptation of his book, Le Carre is said to be considering penning a follow-up novel.
"It's fascinating to hear that Le Carré himself is up for it and considering writing new material for characters he created 25 years ago," Tom told Variety.
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British actor Hugh Laurie spent more than 20 years fighting to have his new mini-series The Night Manager adapted for the screen.
The espionage drama is based on John le Carre's 1993 novel of the same name and stars Tom Hiddleston as concierge-turned-spy Jonathan Pine attempting to dupe Laurie's villainous arms dealer Richard Roper.
Plans for the series were announced in 2014, but Laurie reveals he has been working on getting the project off the ground ever since first reading the story upon its release.
"I read this novel... and I fell in love with it instantly," he explained on U.S. breakfast show Today. "This is the only time in my life I've ever tried to option a book. I'm not a producer, I don't know anything about it, but this is the one time.
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Hiddleston and co-star Hugh Laurie have said the BBC miniseries will not be returning.
Tom Hiddleston has ruled out returning for another series of BBC hit ‘The Night Manager’. The adaptation of the novel by John le Carre had been a hit with viewers and critics and there were reports of work on a second series. However Hiddleston and co-star Hugh Laurie have said it won’t be happening.
Tom Hiddleston has said there won’t be another series of ‘The Night Manager’.
"As it stands, Pine exists for six hours in a mini series. The story feels complete,” Hiddleston said while promoting the miniseries in the US. "I only ever conceived of it as an adaptation of a complete novel.”
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Olivia Coleman, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Debicki , Hugh Laurie - Premiere of AMC's 'The Night Manager' at the DGA Theatre - Arrivals at DGA Theater - West Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 5th April 2016
However, Clooney did have a little help from 'House' star Hugh Laurie.
‘E.R.’ was one of the most popular TV shows of the ‘90s, and it enjoyed a thrilling reunion of its cast members on Tuesday night’s episode of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ on ABC. Only problem was, George Clooney was the only person to show up...
This wasn’t going to stop Kimmel though, as he explained to his guest Clooney and the audience that they’d be attempting to put together a brief skit despite the fact that everybody else was busy.
“This was kind of a last-minute thing, and we had some trouble getting the whole cast of ‘E.R.’ to come,” Kimmel said. “[Julianna Margulies] was filming ‘The Good Wife’, so she couldn’t make it. [Noah Wyle] wanted to be here, but guess he had a thing with his family, Taco Tuesday. Eric LaSalle had jury duty.”
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Actor/musician Hugh Laurie Has Opened Up About His Brush With The Law In Serbia, Revealing Border Bosses Begged For A 'Selfie' Photo When They Recognised Him.
The House star was on tour with his jazz band in 2014 when their bus was pulled over by officials as they crossed into Serbia for a concert.
He told fans after the incident that officers had taken his passport to make a copy of it, and now he has opened up about the incident, recalling how he was too terrified to question the actions of the gun-toting guards.
Hugh tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I was touring with my band and we crossed into Serbia. The border guards searched the bus and finally let us go. About an hour later we realised my passport hadn't been given back so we had to turn around and go back.
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Fry went missing for several days in 1995, during a run of West End play ‘Cell Mates’.
Comedian Stephen Fry has opened up about his disappearance in 1995, saying he would have ended his own life if he didn’t have the option of vanishing for a while. The 58-year-old was speaking as part of BBC documentary ‘Stephen Fry: A Life On Screen’ which airs tonight (December 29th) on BBC Two.
Stephen Fry has spoken about his 1995 disappearance.
Fry disappeared in 1995 just three days before he was due to star in Cell Mates on London’s West End. At the time a spokesperson for his agent said, “We are concerned about him” and confirmed they did not know the comedian’s whereabouts.
The classic BBC comedy ended its run in 1989.
Sir Tony Robinson has said he thinks a new series of classic BBC comedy ‘Blackadder’ is on the cards, but only if they can meant the price of Hugh Laurie. Laurie was one of the stars of the British sitcom in the 1980's but he has since gone on to find success across the pond in Fox drama ‘House', raising his price tag.
Hugh Laurie and Rowan Atkinson in ‘Blackadder’ series three.
Speaking to The Sun, 69 year old Robinson said, “I do think a new series of 'Blackadder' is on the cards. I have spoken to virtually all the cast about this now. The only problem is Hugh’s fee. He’s a huge star now – or so he’d like to think.”
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Tomorrowland isn't quite as ahead of its time as the name suggests.
Tomorrowland, Brad Bird’s tentpole action adventure, premiered this weekend to disappointing earnings, but still managed to come ahead of the previous week’s winner, Pitch Perfect 2. Tomorrowland checked in at $32,3 million at the end of the three-day weekend, meaning its overall four-day debut, counting the early release, comes out to $40,7 million. It’s a disappointing figure for Disney, whose profits from Tomorrowland were predicted to reach and pass the $44 million mark (according to Box Office Mojo) – it’s a miss, but not by much.
Tomorrowland offers a glimpse of a futuristic world.
Tomorrowland came in behind expectations in North America, and will need strong word of mouth to end up in the black, considering the live-action fantasy adventure cost $180 million to produce. The worst impact was overseas, where the movie opened to $26.7 million from 65 market .
Actor Hugh Laurie Pulled His Punches During A Fight Scene With George Clooney On The Set Of Their New Movie Tomorrowland As He Was Terrified Of Injuring The Most Handsome Man On The Planet.
The British star appears alongside the Ocean's Eleven actor in the futuristic adventure movie, and they got up close and personal for an intense fight scene.
However, former House star Laurie was scared he would damage Clooney's famous features because his realistic punches got too close to making contact with the Hollywood hunk's face.
Laurie tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "We trained and got very physical on judo mats. I had to throw a punch at George and I was wearing this huge ring that missed him by a skin cell. I could have damaged the most handsome man on the planet."
Big summer blockbusters are so rarely optimistic that it's tricky to know how to take this movie, its utopian view of the future is a refreshing antidote to both dystopic-nightmare thrillers and those blood-boiling, doom-and-gloom documentaries about how the end of the world is nigh. Even more interesting is the idea that this movie is essentially based on Walt Disney himself, who believed creativity and invention were the key to a happy tomorrow. So it's a bit of a shame that everything feels so childish.
The story centres on the restless Casey (Britt Robertson), an almost frighteningly brainy teenager who's trying to keep Nasa from closing down the launch pad where her dad (Tim McGraw) works. Unknown to her, the eerily ageless young Athena (Raffey Cassidy) is watching, leaving a pin that's a key to a magical glimpse of a parallel space-age future. Investigating this, Casey travels to Houston, where she gets in trouble at a sci-fi collectible shop. Rescued by Athena, they travel to New York to meet Frank (George Clooney), a grumpy old man who was once a wide-eyed inventor like Casey and has known Athena since 1964. Together they work out a way to get back to Tomorrowland to confront its pessimistic leader Nix (Hugh Laurie), who seems to have accepted the fact that the world is falling apart.
The script briefly grazes against big ideas like global poverty and climate change, which gives the film a hint of weight to balance out a plot that is clearly aimed at a 10-year-old. It's all rather simplistic, which means it doesn't quite speak to grown-ups, although the positive approach can't help but catch the interest. Director Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) keeps the imagery whizzy, with fabulous gadgets and thrilling effects work that beautifully imagines a city of the future. Plus a pretty cool Eiffel Tower revelation. He also makes sure that the characters' intelligence shines through, which allows Robertson and Clooney to inject a sparky sense of rivalry.
Continue reading: Tomorrowland Review
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