Hugh Laurie Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


9th January 2017

Quote: "I'll be able to say I won this at the last ever Golden Globes... I don't mean to be gloomy but it's just it has the words Hollywood, Foreign and Press in the title." Award winner Hugh Laurie jokes about the end of the Golden Globes once Donald Trump takes office as U.S. President.


6th January 2017

Fact: British acting veterans Ralph Fiennes and Hugh Laurie have signed on to join Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in their comedy take on famed literary detective Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. John Watson, reports TheWrap.com. The project, titled Holmes and Watson, is currently in production in London with writer Etan Cohen also taking the reins as director.


11th April 2016

Quote: "I was actually teasing him... about the fact there is nothing he can do that won't fuel the rumours... He now walks in a particularly Bondy way. If he has an olive in a drink, people say it's coded. It's an unfair position, so I'd better not make it any worse." Hugh Laurie jokes about 007 rumours swirling around his The Night Manager co-star Tom Hiddleston.


22nd January 2016

Quote: "I spent almost 10 years playing a doctor and my father was a doctor and I felt like I was a fake version of what he really was and constantly felt guilty about that. I think a lot of men grow up feeling like fake versions of their father until you get to the point where you can think, 'I am the real thing'." House actor Hugh Laurie took a long time to grow up.


12th October 2015

Fact: British actors James McAvoy and Hugh Laurie are set to perform in a radio play series on BBC Radio 4 called Unmade Movies, featuring recreations of movie scripts which never made it to screen. James will star in Orson Welles' Heart of Darkness, and the former House star performs in Alfred Hitchcock's abandoned project The Blind Man. The series begins on 17 October (15).


20th November 2014

Fact: House star Hugh Laurie will be joining comedy series Veep as it enters its fourth season. It is unknown what role he will play but filming has already started and the show is due to air next year (15).


3rd October 2014

Fact: Brits Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie are teaming up to bring a John Le Carre espionage drama to Tv. The actors will lead the cast of The Night Manager, an adaptation of the author's 1993 novel of the same name.


25th June 2014

Fact: The fictional characters used in British Tv comedy Blackadder shared names with real-life soldiers. Military historians have discovered that Captain Blackadder, played by Rowan Atkinson and Lieutenant George, portrayed by Hugh Laurie actually fought in World War I. Captain Darling and Private Baldrick also exist.


13th February 2013

Fact: Hugh Laurie is to play a movie villain opposite George Clooney in Disney's Tomorrowland.


21st November 2012

Fact: Former House star Hugh Laurie is in talks to lead the cast of new U.S. Tv pirate drama Crossbones. The British actor is close to signing on to play Blackbeard in the NBC project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The drama will be based on Colin Woodard's book The Republic of Pirates.


19th September 2012

Quote: "Those scenes are never easy but it was an enormous help that Leighton was on House. But I'm sure if we hadn't known each other we would have somehow found our way. We had a very good time doing it." Hugh Laurie on re-teaming with former House guest star Leighton Meester, who played his love interest in new film The Oranges.


15th May 2012

Fact: British comedy partners Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie are bringing Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost tale to life by voicing characters in a new animated film about a haunted country home. Gosford Park star Fry teased Twitter.com followers about the secret project on Monday (14May12) and revealed the feature on Tuesday morning (15May12).


26th October 2011

Quote: "I was chased on the old scooters... That's a very exciting thing. I scored two; I knocked two of them off." Hugh Laurie on trying to escape the paparazzi in Paris, France.


3rd October 2011

Quote: "The first time I ever used moisturiser was by mistake on a toothbrush. It takes you a while to recover from that." Hugh Laurie admits he's not the first person who comes to mind when you think of pitch men for cosmetics company L'Oreal. The House star is the face of the company's new signature grooming line.


3rd October 2011

Quote: "My name is Gerard Butler and this is how I look before I've applied L'Oreal's Skincare for Men." Hugh Laurie opens his new L'Oreal ad by comparing himself to Scottish movie star Butler.


9th August 2011

Quote: "It's so important. Bette Davis never knew how to fake-laugh, and she always complained about it, but I learnt from Hugh that you must breathe out first." Olivia Wilde thanks her House co-star Hugh Laurie for teaching her how to perfect her TV laugh.


23rd June 2011

Quote: "As soon as you become a father, you get the phone book out and say, 'Get me Eton'. You want your kids to have the best education." Blur star Alex James is hoping to enrol his sons at the U.K.'s prestigious Eton College, which boasts Prince William, Dominic West and Hugh Laurie among its past students.


23rd March 2011

Fact: British actor/singer Hugh Laurie will close the 2011 Cheltenham Jazz Festival in his native England with a performance of songs from his new blues album, Let Them Talk. The House star will take the stage for the event's grand finale at Cheltenham Town Hall on 2 May (11).


21st March 2011

Quote: "He can be competitive in all kinds of ways, as you'd know if you were ever to play Boggle against him. No one can get more heated over a word game." Hugh Laurie on his pal and former Blackadder co-star Stephen Fry.


5th March 2011

Quote: "I'm very pessimistic... I actually attribute this to my Scottish roots - dour. I definitely think that's where it's from." House star Hugh Laurie blames his grumpy nature on his Highland ancestors.


6th February 2011

Quote: "I am going to the Super Bowl on Sunday. I'm English, I don't even understand the first thing about the game and this, I know, will desperately annoy people who desperately want to go to the game and I've got a ticket." HOUSE star Hugh Laurie is looking forward to his first Super Bowl.


3rd February 2011

Quote: "He's awfully sexy." Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester on Hugh Laurie, her love interest in new film THE ORANGES.


10th November 2010

Quote: "He is possibly the worst correspondent I know. He has a smart phone and a BlackBerry but he doesn't use them to email anyone I know. He isn't made for this modern world of constant communication." Twitter.com addict Stephen Fry on his comedy partner Hugh Laurie's aversion to technology.


14th October 2010

Quote: "I've loved the show since it started - this is one of the central pillars of modern culture." Hugh Laurie is thrilled by the prospect he's about to become a character on hit animated show The Simpsons.


13th September 2010

Quote: "I just want you to know it's a 17-inch!" Hugh Laurie jokes about the laptop that covers his genitals in an upcoming naked post-sex scene in medical drama HOUSE.


13th September 2010

Quote: "Quantity is very important to me, I'm something of an eater; if I had the nerve... I think I would enter one of those eating competitions... (but) oysters I couldn't do, I couldn't do 500 oysters." Actor Hugh Laurie admits he's quite greedy.


12th September 2010

Quote: "Last week I recorded with Dr. John and it was the most extraordinary thing... I actually played the piano for him, which is a very peculiar thing, because, if I know anything about the piano..., I got it from him." HOUSE star Hugh Laurie on performing with his musical idol for his debut album, which will be released next year (11).


24th June 2010

Fact: Rapper Mos Def has landed a full-time TV role. The hip-hop star will act alongside Laura Dern in upcoming U.S. comedy series ENLIGHTENED. He previously enjoyed a guest role on Hugh Laurie's hit medical show HOUSE.


18th May 2010

Quote: "I never watched Nurse Jackie, because, when it began, Edie Falco said she never watched House, and she said it rather snottily, I thought, so I didn't watch her show either." Hugh Laurie isn't a big fan of Edie Falco or her medical drama.


8th April 2010

Quote: "There was the nagging question of how I was going to direct myself. Would I be able to give guidance, instruction, encouragement to myself and then reject those things with my usual sullen bad temper? How would I talk myself out of my own trailer?" Hugh Laurie on the problems he faced directing himself on TV drama HOUSE.


8th April 2010

Quote: "For a time I worried that joining the ranks of management might create some odd tensions among the cast... I finished my stint as director with an even greater appreciation and affection for the cast." Hugh Laurie bonds with his HOUSE co-stars while directing an upcoming episode.


24th February 2010

Quote: "I can certainly imagine it, in a way I couldn't have done before. It held no appeal for me, but I do have an affection for the place now." British actor Hugh Laurie hasn't ruled out continuing to live in Los Angeles when medical drama HOUSE finishes.


24th February 2010

Quote: "I have almost been playing House long enough to have qualified to become a doctor." Hugh Laurie on his long-running role as Dr. Gregory House in the medical drama.


10th December 2009

Fact: Hugh Laurie is to step behind the camera to take charge of an upcoming episode of his hit medical drama HOUSE. The British actor will shoot the episode in January (10) and it's due to air in March (10).


21st September 2009

Quote: "The voice in particular, I don't like it. I don't think anyone likes the sound of their own voice." British actor Hugh Laurie can't stand hearing the American accent he uses in the hit series HOUSE.


21st September 2009

Quote: "He's endlessly interesting to me. He may not be the nicest man in the world, he may occasionally be mean - but he's never boring." Hugh Laurie is a big fan of Dr. Gregory House, his grumpy alter ego on the medical drama HOUSE.


29th August 2009

Quote: "Fans are almost all lovely. Trouble is, the really crazy ones don't wear a hat that says 'Really Crazy'." HOUSE star Hugh Laurie admits he can't always spot mad fans.


29th August 2009

Quote: "Fans are almost all lovely. Trouble is, the really crazy ones don't wear a hat that says 'Really Crazy'." HOUSE star Hugh Laurie admits he can't always spot mad fans.


28th August 2009

Quote: "I would love to be an AI (American Idol) judge. I'd also be hopeless." Hugh Laurie offers his services as a replacement for ex-judge Paula Abdul on the hit talent show.


28th August 2009

Quote: "It's weird seeing yourself on a billboard. Really weird. No seriously. I mean really weird." HOUSE star Hugh Laurie struggles when he sees his image on giant billboards all over his adopted Los Angeles.


15th June 2009

Fact: Hugh Laurie's medical drama HOUSE has replaced CSI: MIAMI as the world's most-watched show. According to the latest global viewing statistics, more than 81.8 million viewers in 66 countries watched the show avidly last year (08).


20th May 2009

Quote: "I'm just convinced that the day we put down a deposit on a house is the day that we get cancelled." British actor Hugh Laurie refuses to buy a property in Los Angeles where he films hit TV show HOUSE.


19th May 2009

Quote: "I worry about parenting at this sort of distance. They are being so cool about it. It might be because they are English, and they won't reveal their psychological damage until they are in their forties." Hugh Laurie leaves his children behind in the U.K. while he films HOUSE in Los Angeles.


21st April 2009

Quote: "When I arrive on the set to visit him he has to speak English to me - he can't speak in his American accent. Most of the day he stays in his American persona, so it's quite difficult for him because I force him back into Englishness." Stephen Fry on visiting his former comedy partner Hugh Laurie on the set of his hit U.S. TV show HOUSE.


9th April 2009

Fact: HOUSE actor Hugh Laurie has established himself as an accomplished author in France - the French translation of his spy spoof THE GUN SELLER outsold every other release in the country in March (09).


18th February 2009

Quote: "I started this band for charity. Suddenly we were super in-demand and all these celebrities were calling and wanting to be a part of it. Its like going to rock 'n' roll fantasy camp. I get to play music with a guy like Hugh Laurie." HEROES actor Greg Grunberg loves his sideline as a drummer for Band From TV, whose members are all actors from U.S. TV programmes.


26th January 2009

Quote: "They do the finest cheesy egg this side of the Rio Grande." Hugh Laurie takes a moment to honour the caterers on the set of TV show HOUSE after winning his Best Actor award.


26th January 2009

Quote: "I actually had $100 on James Spader. This is just not my night." HOUSE star Hugh Laurie on accepting his Screen Actors Guild award as Best Actor in a Drama Series, and beating out Boston Legal star Spader.


21st January 2009

Quote: "I had my first earthquake... We were shooting, the camera was rolling, and everything started to sway. The lamps started to move. I loved it... It passed quickly, and we were back to work." Hugh Laurie experienced his first earthquake on the set of TV drama HOUSE.


21st January 2009

Quote: "I often think about my father, who was a physician, and how strange it is that I am better rewarded for faking this job than he ever was for doing the real thing. Go figure." Hugh Laurie on playing a fake doctor on TV in HOUSE.


21st January 2009

Quote: "I get some shoulder pain, or, as I like to call it, the makings of a massive civil suit against Fox." Hugh Laurie on the lasting effects of limping as TV medic HOUSE.


5th January 2009

Quote: "For about 20 minutes I could probably do a coronary bypass operation. If you catch me at the right hour, then by all means have an aortic infarction, and I'll fix it. But if it's at the wrong hour, you're a goner." HOUSE star and TV doctor Hugh Laurie is the man to call in an emergency.


4th December 2008

Fact: HOUSE star Hugh Laurie's all-star group, Band From TV, has released a new double album of cover tunes, called HOGGIN' ALL THE COVERS. All proceeds from the release will be donated to band members' favourite charities.


19th November 2008

Quote: "I was so convinced that it was all gonna fail, I was in a hotel room for more than over a year and then I rented... Even now, though I own a house (in Los Angeles), there's nothing in it. I'm not going to commit to a kettle because once you take that step, that's citizenship." Brit Hugh Laurie has finally bought a place in Los Angeles, where he films hit medical drama HOUSE.


18th November 2008

Fact: HOUSE star Hugh Laurie helped raise $10,000 (GBP6,666) for a U.S. hunger charity on Tuesday (18Nov08) when he was dunked in a water tank, wearing a tuxedo on TV show ELLEN.


11th June 2008

Quote: "You've got to go past the line of people who can't get a table and that's a bad feeling." HOUSE star Hugh Laurie feels guilty about the privileges of fame when he is dining out in restaurants.


28th May 2008

Quote: "My TV show HOUSE is very, very, very big in Spain. The Spaniards are nutty about it. There were gaggled of shouting fans. That's why I had a bodyguard. HOUSE hasn't made much on an impression on British television so I am able to move about in my own country unhindered." Hugh Laurie can't understand the Spanish obsession with his TV show.


13th May 2008

Fact: Hugh Laurie didn't find out his father was a gold medal Olympic rower until he turned 20. Laurie was a champion rower at university in England.


1st April 2008

Quote: "I went to a very posh school with some very posh people, but I'm not especially posh myself." HOUSE star Hugh Laurie insists he is not as upper class as people think.


31st March 2008

Quote: "I do feel very foreign there, as though I'm on safari, looking at all the exotic animals and the way they behave." HOUSE star Hugh Laurie doesn't feel at home in the U.S.


15th February 2008

Quote: "I have been at home playing piano in my underpants." HOUSE star Hugh Laurie on how he spent his free time while the hit show was on hold during the Hollywood writers strike.


25th September 2007

Quote: "The women are very frightening - they're in full battle dress." Awards shows scare Hugh Laurie.


24th September 2007

Quote: "I'm 48 years old (and) I've never asked a woman on a date, I've never asked a woman to dance, never thrown a party." HOUSE star Hugh Laurie has never been great at dating.


21st September 2007

Quote: "I follow the cricket and practice sarcasm with an English instructor every Wednesday." HOUSE star Hugh Laurie on how he keeps in touch with his English roots while living in Los Angeles.


20th September 2007

Quote: "I run six-to-eight miles a day, plus weights and aerobics in the lunch hour. I also lie a lot, which keeps me thin." HOUSE star Hugh Laurie on his fitness regime.


16th January 2007

Quote: "It seems odd to me that, in the weeks leading up to this event when people are falling over themselves to send you free shoes and free cufflinks and free colonic irrigations for two, nobody offers you a free acceptance speech. It just seems to me to be a gap in the market. I would love to pull out a speech by DOLCE + GABBANA." Golden Globe Awards winner Hugh Laurie wishes he could pick up a speech from the pre-show gift lounges.


16th January 2007

Quote: "It seems odd to me that, in the weeks leading up to this event when people are falling over themselves to send you free shoes and free cufflinks and free colonic irrigations for two, nobody offers you a free acceptance speech. It just seems to me to be a gap in the market. I would love to pull out a speech by DOLCE + GABBANA." Golden Globe Awards winner Hugh Laurie wishes he could pick up a speech from the pre-show gift lounges.


18th September 2006

Quote: "I don't want to traumatise my children when I go back to England. I sort of turn out my verbal pockets, as it were, at the airport." British actor Hugh Laurie describes his struggles to lose the American accent he adopts to play TV doctor HOUSE when he goes home to England.


13th September 2006

Fact: A 25-year-old Polaroid TV commercial starring a young Hugh Laurie is currently the most downloaded video on the AOL website.


7th September 2006

Fact: Denis Leary, Rob Morrow and Patrick Dempsey were all up for the role of GREGORY HOUSE on the US hit TV series HOUSE, but British actor Hugh Laurie eventually won the role with an audition tape he filmed inside a men's room in Namibia, where he was filming action movie remake FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX.


4th September 2006

Quote: "We think of this as me joining the Navy - I'm out at sea for however many months, and occasionally I get some home leave." Hugh Laurie on how he and his British-based family have come to terms with his success in American medical drama HOUSE.


4th September 2006

Quote: "The whole thing about rowing is you're facing the wrong way. If you fall behind, you can't see who's winning. That starts to mess with your head." Actor Hugh Laurie on why he didn't become a professional oarsman like his father, who won an Olympic gold medal for rowing.


7th May 2006

Quote: "I auditioned for HOUSE. It was probably one of the worst auditions of my life." TWIN PEAKS star Kyle MacLachlan on missing out on playing grumpy TV doctor GREGORY HOUSE. British actor Hugh Laurie landed the part.


23rd February 2006

Quote: <p>"It staggers my wife." HOUSE star Hugh Laurie insists his spouse is amazed by his sex symbol status. </p>


14th January 2006

Quote: <p>"My brother was for many years a farmer. I could see the appeal of that life, but one problem is that it doesn't end. Christmas Day, New Year's Day, your birthday... animals have to be fed." HOUSE star Hugh Laurie doesn't like the idea of country life. </p>


2nd January 2006

Fact: <p>The original title of British actor Hugh Laurie's hit US medical drama HOUSE was CHASING ZEBRAS, CIRCLING THE DRAIN. </p>


10th December 2005

Quote: <p>"I had this horrible beard and I looked like hell. It was my Osama Bin Laden moment, where I looked like I just crawled out of my cave." Actor Hugh Laurie looked his worst when producers for hit TV show HOUSE unexpectedly cast him as grumpy doctor GREGORY HOUSE on the set of Flight Of The Phoenix. </p>


9th December 2005

Quote: <p>"All the women seem to have gravity-defying breasts and the men drive like baboons on crack." British actor Hugh Laurie's take on living in Los Angeles, while he films hit new US TV show HOUSE. </p>


22nd November 2005

Quote: <p>"Even my wife doesn't think I'm sexy. It's a miracle we have children." Hugh Laurie is amazed he has a female following in the aftermath of his success on US TV with HOUSE. </p>


21st November 2005

Quote: <p>"LA runs on optimism, enthusiasm and flattery. I think you can go a little bit crazy... It's just too damn sunny in every dimension - weatherwise, socially and professionally." British actor Hugh Laurie isn't a fan of his adopted Los Angeles. </p>


18th November 2005

Quote: <p>"It's plainly preposterous. Someone is mentally unbalanced... It's absurd." British actor Hugh Laurie is stunned he's among US magazine People's new Sexiest Men Alive list. </p>


12th September 2005

Quote: <p>"I'm actually toying with the idea of a kilt. I am of Scottish extraction." Actor Hugh Laurie is contemplating turning the EMMY Awards into a highland fling this weekend (18SEP05). </p>


9th September 2005

Quote: <p>"I've never done an audition well in my life. I do believe that auditions are a separate kind of skill. They're not really much to do with acting." British actor Hugh Laurie is glad casting directors spotted his acting talent. </p>


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