What most people fail to realize about Hugh Laurie is that the man did not merely fall out of the sky onto the set of Fox’s smash-hit series, House. While the majority of his roles may be unfamiliar to American fans, Hugh has rocked an assortment of roles on the BBC.
Let’s explore a few little-known and interesting facts about Mr. James Hugh Calum Laurie:
Born June 11, 1959, Hugh is the youngest of four children. He has one older brother and two older sisters.
Though he was raised in the Scottish Presbyterian Church, Hugh has since become an Atheist.
Hugh is a life-long member of the Leander Club, which is among the oldest of all rowing clubs in the world. His father, W.G.R.M. “Ran” Laurie, was once the club’s Executive President.
Turning 16 was an incredible year for Hugh. That was the year that he received his first motorcycle and guitar.
He is the father of three children: Charles Archibald Laurie (born in November of 1988), William “Bill” Albert Laurie (born in January of 1991), and Rebecca Augusta Laurie (born in September of 1993).
When he was initially cast to play the role of Dr. Gregory House, Casting Director Brian Singer was unaware of his English accent.
Hugh is the humbly published author of The Gun Seller, released in 1997.
His son, Bill, auditioned for the role of Harry Potter, only to be told that he was simply too young for the part.
He is a member of the celebrity jam-band, 16:9, along with Alias star Greg Grunberg, Desperate Housewives star James Denton, and star of 2004’s The Bachelor Bob Guiney.
Actress Rachel Hurd-Wood is Hugh’s niece.
During the time he spent at Cambridge Footlights, Hugh and Emma Thompson were quite an item. The two reportedly remain good friends today.
In celebration of landing the role of Gregory House of Fox’s House, in Los Angeles Hugh bought a solid-black Triumph Bonneville motorcycle, an incredible replica of the 1960’s English model.
Author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, originally wanted Hugh to play the role of Arthur Dent.
Though Hugh admits to suffering from clinical depression throughout his life, he jokingly noted during an interview on Inside the Actor’s Studio that, “Boredom is not an appropriate response to exploding cars”.
His second novel, The Paper Soldier is scheduled for release in September of 2009.
Hugh is a huge fan of Clint Eastwood, writer P.G. Wodehouse, and Steve McQueen.
He has been happily married to his wife, Jo Green, since 1989. Sorry, ladies.