Known for possessing a keen eye for the complex characters he creates as an actor and a writer, HUGH LAURIE (Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D.) currently brings that talent to his work on the critically acclaimed series “House.”
Laurie currently stars in FOX’s hit medical drama “House,” for which he has won two Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy Award. The innovative and uncompromising series features Laurie as Dr. Gregory House, an antisocial and brutally honest doctor who combines an unconventional approach to his cases with flawless instincts. Also starring Omar Epps and Robert Sean Leonard, the series premiered its third season September 25, 2008.
Laurie previously starred in a number of groundbreaking British television comedy series, including four seasons of “A Bit of Fry and Laurie,” which he 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 was most recently seen in the 20th Century Fox release “Flight of the Phoenix,” opposite Dennis Quaid, as well as director David Ayer’s “Street Kings,” opposite Keanu Reeves and Forrest Whitaker.
Other film credits include “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 “Stuart Little” and “Stuart Little 2” 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 “Tracy 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. 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 UK and the US to critical acclaim and has been adapted into a screenplay for MGM.
Laurie was educated at Eton and Cambridge University, where he took a degree in anthropology. He also rowed in the University Boat Race of 1980. He was elected president of the venerable Footlights Revue, where he produced “The Cellar Tapes,” along with Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson. The show won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival of 1981.