Hugh Laurie: The Biography

Overview

A biography of the Golden Globe-winning actor behind Dr. Gregory House

From Blackadder to A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster to House, Hugh Laurie has entertained millions in a career spanning three decades, and here is his story. This biography covers his early years—born in Oxford, where his father, WGRM "Ran" Laurie, was a doctor who won a gold medal in the coxless pairs at the 1948 Olympics. Hugh followed in his father's footsteps as a rower at Cambridge, ...

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Overview

A biography of the Golden Globe-winning actor behind Dr. Gregory House

From Blackadder to A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster to House, Hugh Laurie has entertained millions in a career spanning three decades, and here is his story. This biography covers his early years—born in Oxford, where his father, WGRM "Ran" Laurie, was a doctor who won a gold medal in the coxless pairs at the 1948 Olympics. Hugh followed in his father's footsteps as a rower at Cambridge, but when he was forced to hang up his oars he joined the famous Cambridge Footlights and there began a career in comedy. The book covers his years at university when he met Stephen Fry, and the pair forged a hilarious partnership that continued through the 1980s and 1990s. It also discusses his great success on the big screen; starring in Sense and Sensibility, 101 Dalmatians, Monsters vs Aliens, and the three Stuart Little films. It also discusses the character of irascible doctor Gregory House in the drama House—the role that has brought global fame, two Golden Globes, a prestigious Emmy nomination in 2005, and critical acclaim.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843583646
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Pages: 271
  • Sales rank: 922,766
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Bunko is the author of several comedy fiction novels, including The Tale of the Shagging Monkeys, and a book of visual poetry called Working up to the Slaughterhouse. He also collaborated with Stereophonics star Stuart Cable on his autobiography, Demons and Cocktails.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: 'This is the sort of strong American actor I'm looking for!' ix

Part 1 From Cambridge to Wodehouse and beyond 1

Chapter 1 'Comfort was the work of the devil' 3

Chapter 2 'Lugubriously sexy, like a well-hung eel' 17

Chapter 3 'The BBC hated it…' 37

Chapter 4 'As thick as a whale omelette' 51

Chapter 5 'I think they were ahead of their time' 65

Chapter 6 'Canvas chairs with our names on the back' 79

Part 2 Losing's Hugh's virginity but finding Laurie's mind 97

Chapter 7 'I got my coat trapped in a car door' 99

Chapter 8 'I play the baddie. It's a good thing…' 115

Chapter 9 'It's Four Weddings and a Funeral with balls and a ****' 127

Chapter 10 'Height jokes were not well received' 139

Chapter 11 'I'm on my way back to misery' 153

Chapter 12 'A few bombs in the f***in' post' 173

Part 3 'Is there the son of a doctor in the House?' 187

Chapter 13 'So we gave him pain' 189

Chapter 14 'I'm just in a Ferrari of a role' 215

Chapter 15 'Rider at the Gates of Dawn' 233

Chapter 16 'Life outside of this bubble' 245

Appendix: Interesting facts 261

Filmography 267

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