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The multi-talented Hugh Laurie has had an exceptional career as an actor, producer, writer and musician/composer.
He has appeared in numerous films playing a huge variety of roles. Some of his credits include: Sense and Sensibility (1995) with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet; Walt Disney’s children’s favorite 101 Dalmations (1996); box office hit The Man in the Iron Mask (1998); Cousin Bette (1998); Stuart Little (1999); Stuart Little 2 (2002); Flight of the Phoenix (2004), Street Kings (2008) and Monster vs. Aliens which made a staggering 198 Million at the US box office alone.
In 2011 Hugh starred in Arthur Christmas with James McAvoy and Bill Nighy which on its opening weekend in the USA it took a massive $12.1M. 2012 saw Hugh star in the independent film The Oranges opposite Catherine Keener and Leighton Meester. Directed by Julian Farino, the story follows a bitter-sweet love affair that detonates the close friendship between two families just as Christmas approaches.
Toronto International Film Festival 2012 saw Hugh star in Mr Pip where he played the part of Mr Watts joined by cast including Kerry Fox. He will also play alongside Steven Fry in the animated film The Canterville Ghost which, directed by Keiron Self will be released later in 2014.
Hugh’s television credits include playing the infamous character of Bertie Wooster in an impressive four series of Jeeves and Wooster which was based on novels of P.G Wodehouse aired on PBS’s “Masterpiece Theatre” (from 1990 to 1995). He has also appeared in Blackadder, written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton. In addition to this Hugh starred in Tracy Takes On (1996); Friends (1998); Life with Judy Garland: Me and my Shadow (2001) with which he played Vincente Minnelli opposite Judy Davis. He did three series of Saturday Live (2008) and in 2010 starred in A Bit of fry and Laurie, which he co-wrote for the BBC with Stephen Fry.
Hugh is arguably best known internationally for his performance in the FOX series, House which ran for eight seasons. The innovative and uncompromising series featured Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House, an antisocial and brutally honest doctor who combines an unconventional approach to his cases with flawless instincts. His performance has garnered him two Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards, and six Emmy Award nominations. FOX’s hit medical drama also stars Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard and Olivia Wilde.
Hugh Laurie has directed many commercials and programs and on top of this written four volumes A Bit of Fry and Laurie which were published by Mandarin. His first novel “The Gun Seller” was published in both the UK and US to much critical acclaim and went on to be adapted into a screenplay for MGM.
Hugh Laurie who has played the piano for most of his life is predominantly self-taught and has gone on to have an incredibly successful music career. In 2011, he released a New Orleans Blues album ‘Let Them Talk’ which was distributed worldwide by Warner Bros Records. The album was produced by two time Grammy award winner Joe Henry and features both musical and vocal collaborations. ‘Let Them Talk’ has become a true global hit landing Top 10 chart positions in nine markets as well as Top 40 chart positions in a further eleven. To date, the album has peaked at #16 on the US Billboard album chart and has topped the Billboard blues album chart since launch.
After the huge success of ‘Let Them Talk,’ Hugh Laurie released his second album ‘Didn’t It Rain’ on 6th May 2013 with Warner Music Entertainment. Recorded at Ocean Way Studio in Los Angeles, ‘Didn’t It Rain’ sees Hugh Laurie depart the sounds of New Orleans as he follows the trajectory of the blues upstream and into the American heartland. He performed a very special show with the Cooper Bottom Band on the RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, California on 26th March, the DVD of which was released on 21st October. The release of the album was followed by a major UK, European and later that year, USA tour. Further to this Hugh is about to embark on an international tour of Argentina, Brasil, New Zealand and Australia March – May 2014.
Hugh has just wrapped filming opposite George Clooney in the high-profile science-fiction film ‘Tomorrowland’, which has Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof on board as director and co-writer respectively (due for release 2014)