He has also dabbled in several other areas including writing and directing.
Laurie first caught the attention of the public through his well-known comedy double act with good friend Stephen Fry.
The duo was dubbed the “Fry and Laurie” double act and was very successful across the United Kingdom (winning the first Perrier Comedy Award). The friends went on to work on a number of projects together.
Despite his initial fame in England, it wasn’t until Laurie received the role as Dr. Gregory House in the critically acclaimed “House” television series that he finally earned international recognition. The show propelled Laurie into the limelight where he remains firmly to this day.
Yet there is a lot more to Hugh Laurie than first meets the eye. Like his character Dr. House, he is a complex and thoroughly interesting person. Below are twenty facts that you might not have known about the actor.
1. His First Name Isn’t Actually Hugh
It is common for celebrities, especially in the entertainment industry, to use names different from their actual ones, but few people know that Hugh Laurie’s first name isn’t Hugh. He was actually born James Hugh Calum Laurie.
Laurie was born in Oxford, England in 1959 to Patricia and William George Ranald Mundell Laurie. He is the youngest of the couple’s four children. Laurie’s parents were both of Scottish descent and encouraged the family to attend St. Columba’s Presbyterian Church of England each week. Though the belief of God didn’t play a large role in the family, the lifestyle and many of the traditions surrounding religion certainly did.
Hugh Laurie maintained a somewhat strained relationship with his parents, especially his mother, throughout much of his childhood. During this time, they almost exclusively referred to him as James. However, many of Laurie’s friends and acquaintances at school took up the habit of calling him Hugh as a teenager. The name stuck and Laurie was known henceforth as Hugh throughout his college years and into his later career as a professional actor and comedian.