Hugh Laurie

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Hugh Laurie was born in Oxford, England on June 11, 1959. He was educated at Eton and then Selwyn College Cambridge to read archaeology and anthropology. Son of an Olympic gold medallist in the sport, he rowed for the England youth team (1977) and for Cambridge (1980).

He met Emma Thompson at Cambridge in 1978 when both joined the Footlights, which launched the show-business careers of such famous alumni as Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, John Lloyd, Griff Rhy Jones, etc. Hugh was President in his final year; Vice-president was Emma Thompson (who had incidentally been his girlfriend for a short time during their first year at Cambridge). It was also where he was introduced to Stephen Fry by Emma in 1980.

Laurie has had a surprising varied, and successful, film career appearing is such films as ;
Peter's Friends (1992), 101 Dalmatians (1996), The Borrowers (1997) , Spice World (1998), The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), Cousin Bette (1998), Stuart Little (1999), Maybe Baby (2001), Stuart Little 2 (2002).

It is however his portrayal of Bertie Wooster in Granada Television's Jeeves and Wooster which is of most interest to us. The series was absolutely superb, Fry and Laurie, seemingly born for the parts, gave, in our opinion, the definitive portrayal of Jeeves & Wooster.
PG Wodehouse would, I am sure, have approved.

Laurie is married and lives in London with his wife, Jo Green, and three children. Besides acting and comedy, he has written the best-selling thriller The Gun Seller.


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