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10 things you didn’t know about Hugh Laurie

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Television star, best-selling author, comedian and accomplished musician – Hugh Laurie really is a jack of all trades.

Tonight at 7.30pm, join Hugh as he travels across America in exploration of the history of Blues music in Hugh Laurie: Copper Bottom Blues. To get you in the mood, we’ve pulled together 10 things you didn’t know about the fascinating man that is Hugh Laurie.


  1. One of the producers of House was adamant that he wanted an American actor to play the part of the erratic Dr. Gregory House. Unaware that Laurie was British, when he heard his audition and very convincing accent the producer exclaimed “That’s it! That’s what I am talking about. That’s why I want an American!”
  2. Laurie is a member of the celebrity charity jam-band, ‘Band from TV’. His fellow band members include Alias star Greg Grunberg, Desperate Housewives star James Denton,  House co-star Jesse Spencer and star of 2004′sThe Bachelor Bob Guiney.
  3. In his youth, Laurie was an accomplished rower, becoming junior national champion and placing fourth in the World Junior Rowing Championships when in high school. He reportedly studied anthropology in college so that he could row as much as he wanted without failing classes.
  4. Laurie plays the guitar piano, drums, harmonica and the saxophone.
  5. Whilst both studying at Cambridge, Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson were quite an item. The two reportedly remain good friends today.
  6. After five years of playing Dr. Gregory House (who uses a cane to walk due to a permanently damaged leg), Laurie was nearly forced to quit due to the potential damage caused to his leg from the constant hobbling on-set.
  7. In May of 2007, Hugh Laurie was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to drama by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
  8. He is the author of best-selling novel The Gun Seller, a spy spoof about an ex-soldier who is tricked into working undercover for the British government.
  9. His son Bill auditioned for the role of Harry Potter, only to be told that he was too young for the part.
  10. Thompson was responsible for introducing Laurie to his long-time friend and sometimes comedic partner Stephen Fry. After several successful university productions the two wrote and starred in a string of comedy shows including A Bit of Fry and Laurie. The show ran for eight years and made the pair household names in the United Kingdom.