Hugh Laurie is an English actor, comedian, composer, musician and writer best known for his starring role as Dr. Gregory House in the medical drama television series House, from 2004-2012.
He is known in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and parts of Europe for his roles in Blackadder and for his long-running comedy collaboration with Stephen Fry, which has included A Bit of Fry and Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster.
Laurie was born in Oxford, England, and educated at Eton and Cambridge University, where he took a degree in Anthropology. He rowed in the University Boat Race of 1980 and was also elected president of the venerable Footlights Revue.
Along with Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson, Laurie produced The Cellar Tapes, which won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival of 1981 and propelled the three into a number of groundbreaking British television shows, including four seasons of A Bit of Fry and Laurie, which Laurie co-wrote for the BBC with Stephen Fry; three seasons of Blackadder, written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton; and three seasons of Saturday Live.
In addition, four seasons of Jeeves and Wooster, based on the novels of P.G. Wodehouse, aired on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre from 1990-1995.
On the big screen, Laurie's film credits include Street Kings opposite Forest Whitaker and Keanu Reeves; Flight of the Phoenix opposite Dennis Quaid; Peter's Friends directed by and co-starring Kenneth Branagh; Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet; Cousin Bette with Jessica Lange; The Man in the Iron Mask; 101 Dalmatians and the Stuart Little movies with Geena Davis.
On American television, Laurie portrayed Vincente Minnelli opposite Judy Davis in the network telefilm Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows. He also appeared in Tracey Takes On... and Friends.
In addition to acting, Laurie has directed television programs and commercials, composed and recorded numerous original songs and written articles for London's The Daily Telegraph newspaper.
Four volumes of A Bit of Fry and Laurie scripts have been published by Mandarin, and his first novel, The Gun Seller, was published in both the U.K. and the U.S. to critical acclaim and has been adapted into a screenplay.
Laurie's performance as Dr. Gregory House garnered him two Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series.
He has twice been honored by the Television Critics Association with TCA Awards for Individual Achievement in Drama.
Laurie lives in Los Angeles.