Britain has produced some of the best comedians ever, examples being Mr. Bean‘s Rowan Atkinson, Sacha Baron Cohen, and of the members of Monty Python. Today another British comedian celebrates his birthday, House actor Hugh Laurie, who turns 60.
Early comedy days
Like his good friend Emma Thompson, Laurie’s acting days began in the Cambridge Footlights drama club. Thompson introduced him to his future collaborator and now best friend Stephen Fry while at Cambridge, and the three would go on as sketch comedians in several BBC programs.
After Cambridge, Laurie and Fry would band together in several projects throughout the 1980s and 1990s, most prominent among them A Bit of Fry & Laurie. Another popular series the duo worked on was Blackadder alongside Rowan Atkinson.
Apart from film roles like in Sense and Sensibility, 101 Dalmatians, and Stuart Little, the role Laurie is best known is the sharp-tongued Dr. Gregory House in Fox’s House, for which he won two Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild, and raked in six Emmy nominations for Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
After eight years of being on House, Laurie took a three-year hiatus from film and television work, then returned to American television on the critically-acclaimed comedy series Veep and the BBC-miniseries The Night Manager -the latter of which he received another Golden Globe.
For his services to drama, Laurie was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2007, and was elevated to Commander last year. At 60 years old, we can’t wait for what other funny projects Hugh Laurie has prepared!
Photos from IMDB.
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