Hugh Laurie's performing career began when, after a bout of glandular fever, he was forced to abandon rowing, a sport he participated in (and excelled at) during his time at Cambridge University. He has dabbled with theater before, but only went full-scale when he joined the Cambridge Footlights, known as a major starting point for many British comedians.
There, he met future actress Emma Thompson - who he had a relationship with - and future comedy partner Stephen Fry. In 1981 they brought their annual revue, The Cellar Tapes, to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, earning them their first Perrier Comedy Award. Their revue ended up on the West End and on television: the three were also selected to headline a new ITV sketch show, Alfresco.
Laurie eventually collaborated with Fry on several other projects. The two worked in the comedy series Blackadder, alongside Rowan Atkinson. The two later scored their own successful sketch series, A Bit of Fry & Laurie, from 1987; the two also worked together in the comedy series Jeeves and Wooster.
Laurie dabbled in film during most of the 1990s, appearing in Sense and Sensibility and 101 Dalmatians, among others. His work the following decade include both Stuart Little films, and the British TV drama Fortysomething, which he also directed.
In 2004, Laurie nabbed the lead role in the Fox medical series House. His portrayal of the acerbic but brilliant physician Gregory House earned him acclaim: he won two Golden Globes and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and was also nominated four times for an Emmy. His newfound popularity in America led to more films, including Street Kings and the 3D animated flick Monsters vs Aliens.
Laurie has also published two novels: 1996's The Gun Seller and 2009's Paper Soldiers. He is currently married to theatre administrator Jo Green, with whom he has three children.
- Hugh's father won a gold medal at the 1948 London Olympics, in coxless pairs rowing.
- Television Critics Association Award, Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama, 2005 (for House)
- Satellite Award, Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, 2005 (for House)
- Golden Globe Award, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Drama), 2006 (for House)
- Television Critics Association Award, Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama, 2006 (for House)
- Satellite Award, Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, 2006 (for House)
- Golden Globe Award, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Drama), 2007 (for House)
- Screen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, 2007 (for House)
- Teen Choice Award, Choice TV Actor: Drama, 2007 (for House)
- Screen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, 2009 (for House)
- People's Choice Award, Favorite Male TV Star, 2009 (for House)
- Plenty (1985)
- Strapless (1989)
- Peter's Friends (1992)
- A Pin for the Butterfly (1994)
- The Snow Queen (voice, 1995)
- Sense and Sensibility (1995)
- The Snow Queen's Revenge (voice, 1996)
- 101 Dalmatians (1996)
- The Ugly Duckling (voice, 1997)
- The Borrowers (1997)
- Spice World (1997)
- The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
- Cousin Bette (1998)
- Stuart Little (1999)
- Carnivale (voice, 2000)
- Maybe Baby (2000)
- Chica de Rio (2001)
- Stuart Little 2 (2002)
- Flight of the Phoenix (2004)
- Valiant (voice, 2005)
- Street Kings (2008)
- Monsters vs Aliens (voice, 2009)
- Alfresco (performer, 1983-1984)
- Blackadder the Third (regular, 1987)
- A Bit of Fry and Laurie (performer, 1987-1995)
- Blackadder Goes Forth (regular, 1989)
- Jeeves and Wooster (regular, 1990-1993)
- The Legends of Treasure Island (voice, 1993)
- Tracey Takes On... (recurring, 1996)
- Fortysomething (regular, 2003)
- Stuart Little: The Animated Series (voice, 2003-2006)
- House (regular, 2004-present)
“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.”