Biography

Despite being highly intelligent and Cambridge-educated, actor, author and wit Laurie made his name in his native England playing a series of dimwits on the TV series Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster. His turn as a surly doctor on the Fox medical drama House, however, is what made him a star stateside. With scruffy facial hair and an acid tongue, Laurie found the humor---as well as the pathos---in this pill-popping egotist, earning Golden Globes and People's Choice Awards in the process, as well as becoming an unlikely forty-something sex symbol. The versatile actor has also lent his voice to a number of animated films, including Valiant, Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild and Monsters vs. Aliens. Off-screen, Laurie is far more stable than his small-screen alter ego, married for more than 20 years to Jo Green, with whom he has three children.

Fast Facts

  • Represented Cambridge as an oarsman in the University Boat Race of 1980 against Oxford.
  • Was a member of the Cambridge Footlights Revue theatre group with Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry.
  • British TV debut was the Footlights special The Cellar Tapes, which won the Perrier "Pick of the Fringe" Award at the 1981 Edinburgh Festival.
  • Has played guitar and keyboards in a band called Poor White Trash and the Little Big Horns on and off since the 1990s.
  • First novel, The Gun Seller, was published in both the UK and the U.S. to critical acclaim and adapted into a screenplay for MGM.
  • Appeared opposite John Malkovich in the video for Annie Lennox's 1992 hit "Walking on Broken Glass."
  • Named one of TV's Sexiest Men by TV GUIDE in 2005.
  • Made an Officer of the British Empire in 2007.
  • Voiced an animated version of his popular character Dr. Gregory House on a 2009 episode of Family Guy.

Awards

  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2009, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2009, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male TV Star: Winner
  • 2010, People's Choice Awards — Favorite TV Drama Actor: Winner
  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2010, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2011, People's Choice Awards — Favorite TV Drama Actor: Winner
  • 2010, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2011, People's Choice Awards — Favorite TV Doctor: Winner
  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee

Relationships

  • Bill — Son
  • Charlie — Son
  • W.G.R.M. Laurie — Father
  • Jo Green — Wife
  • Patricia Laurie — Mother
  • Emma Thompson — Ex-significant Other
  • Rebecca — Daughter

College

  • University of Cambridge, Selwyn College, Cambridge, England (BS in Anthropology)

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Details

  • Birth Name: James Hugh Calum Laurie
  • Birth Place: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
  • Birthday: June 11, 1959, Gemini
  • Profession: Actor, Writer
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