Hugh Laurie - Updated Jun 2024

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Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie is an actor, comedian, writer, and musician from England. Hugh Laurie is widely known as one half of the comic duo Fry and Laurie, together with Stephen Fry. Moreover, Laurie is also famous for taking home two Golden Globes for his role as Dr. House in the eponymous television series.

Early Life and Childhood

Hugh Laurie was born in Blackbird Leys, Oxfordshire, England on 11 June 1959. His birth name is James Hugh Calum Laurie. He is 64 years old with the zodiac sign Gemini. Laurie holds British nationality and follows the Christian religion.

Regarding his family background, He is the son of William George Ranald Mundell “Ran” Laurie (Father) and Patricia Laurie (Mother). His father William was a physician who won an Olympic gold medal in coxless pairs (rowing) in 1948 in London.

Further, He grew up along with his elder brother Charles Alexander Lyon Mundell Laurie, and also two elder sisters, Janet and Susan.

Hugh Laurie – Education

Speaking of his educational background, Laurie completed his primary education at Dragon School. After that, he enrolled at Eton College for his secondary education.

Then, in 1978, he was admitted to Selwyn College, a Cambridge University constituent college.

He studied archeology there in addition to social anthropology. In 1981, he graduated from Cambridge University.

Career and Professional Life

Talking about his career, Laurie became a member of the comedy revue organization Footlights Club in Cambridge and eventually became its president. He met actor-playwright Stephen Fry when touring with the Footlights at the end of the year.

On The Cellar Tapes, the two worked together. They earned the Perrier Pick of the Fringe Award when they entered that review at the 1981 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

They soon found themselves writing and starring on the television sketch-comedy series Alfresco (1983–1984), alongside Robbie Coltrane, Ben Elton, and fellow Footlights performer Emma Thompson.

Laurie’s involvement in Rowan Atkinson’s Blackadder II and other Blackadder sequels (starting in 1986) resulted from that. In addition, he composed the music for and appeared in 26 A Bit of Fry and Laurie episodes.

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Caption: Hugh Laurie in the 2015 film Tomorrowland source: The Hollywood Reporter.

Laurie joined the American television drama House at the start of the twenty-first century, playing the smart but haughty and conceited Dr. Gregory House.

Laurie’s popularity on television opened doors for her to have supporting roles in movies. He can also be seen in the 1995 film Sense & Sensibility.

Later on, he starred in movies including Stuart Little (1999), Cousin Bette (1998), The Oranges (2011), Flight of the Phoenix (2004), and Tomorrowland (2015).

More about his career

Later, Laurie portrayed Sherlock’s brother Mycroft Holmes in the comedy Holmes & Watson (2018), which parodies the classic Arthur Conan Doyle mysteries.

In addition to his acting career, Laurie was a gifted musician and songwriter as well as a TV show and commercial director. Apart from opening for the famous bands Poor White Trash and the Little Big Horns and Band from TV (formerly 16:9).

Then, in 2011 and 2013, Laurie released his solo albums Let Them Talk and Didn’t It Rain. In addition, he penned the novels The Paper Soldier in 2007 and The Gun Seller in 1996. In 2007, Laurie received the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Net Worth 2023

Hugh Laurie has earned a huge amount of money through his hard work and brilliance. His estimated net worth is projected to be around $45 million as of 2023.


Moreover, Laurie also earns a lot of wealth through brand endorsements. Hugh has collaborated with various renowned brands and companies including L’Oreal.

Hugh Laurie – Awards and Achievements

Hugh Laurie has earned a lot of Awards and Honors throughout his acting career. The Golden Globe for Best Performance went to him.

He most likely received the Golden Globe Award for House from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 2006.

Additionally, he was honored with a 2007 Hollywood Foreign Press Association award.

Personal Life

Regarding his love life, While performing in Cambridge Footlights during his student years, Hugh Laurie got to know actress Emma Thompson in 1978.

Soon after, they began dating, and they spent more than 4 years together. In the year 1982, they split up. And in June 1989, Hugh tied the knot in London with theater executive Jo Green.

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Caption: Hugh Laurie with Jo Green source: The Sun.

A year prior to their marriage, Jo gave birth to Charles, their first son. Williams, their second son, was born in 1991. They welcomed Rebecca, a baby girl, into their family in 1992.

Body Measurements

Hugh Laurie is very handsome and attractive undoubtedly. He has a perfect height of 6 feet 2 inches (190 cm/1.90 m)and weighs around 94 kg (207 lbs). In addition, Laurie has a blue pair of eyes and light brown hair color.

Hugh Laurie – Social Media

He is active on his Twitter account @hughlaurie with 1.5 followers. He also has 7.4 million followers on Facebook. Besides that, Laurie is not active on any other social media sites including Instagram.