Hugh Laurie (Keyboards)
Hugh Laurie’s performance as Dr. Gregory House on the Fox drama “House” has garnered him two Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. He has twice been honored by the Television Critics Association with TCA Awards for Individual Achievement in Drama.
Laurie was born in Oxford, England, and educated at Eton and Cambridge University, where he took a degree in Anthropology. He rowed in the University Boat Race of 1980 and was also elected president of the venerable Footlights Revue. Along with Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson, Laurie produced “The Cellar Tapes,” which won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival of 1981 and propelled the three into a number of groundbreaking British television shows, including four seasons of “A Bit of Fry and Laurie,” which Laurie co-wrote for the BBC with Stephen Fry; three seasons of “Blackadder,” written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton; and three seasons of “Saturday Live.” In addition, four seasons of “Jeeves and Wooster,” based on the novels of P.G. Wodehouse, aired on PBS’s “Masterpiece Theatre” from 1990-1995.
On the big screen, Laurie recently starred in Fox Searchlight’s “Street Kings” opposite Forest Whitaker and Keanu Reeves. Other film credits include “Flight of the Phoenix” opposite Dennis Quaid; “Peter’s Friends” directed by and co-starring Kenneth Branagh; “Sense and Sensibility” with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet; “Cousin Bette” with Jessica Lange; “The Man in the Iron Mask”; “101 Dalmatians” and the “Stuart Little” movies with Geena Davis.
On American television, Laurie portrayed Vincente Minnelli opposite Judy Davis in the network telefilm “Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.” He also appeared in “Tracey Takes On…” and “Friends.”
In addition to acting, Laurie has directed television programs and commercials, composed and recorded numerous original songs and written articles for London’s The Daily Telegraph newspaper. Four volumes of “A Bit of Fry and Laurie” scripts have been published by Mandarin, and his first novel, “The Gun Seller,” was published in both the U.K. and the U.S. to critical acclaim and has been adapted into a screenplay.
While filming “House” Laurie lives in Los Angeles.