Laurie is known for portraying the title character on the Fox medical drama series House — , for which he received two Golden Globe Awards and nominations for numerous other awards. Laurie first gained recognition for his work as one half of the comedy double act Fry and Laurie with his friend and comedy partner Stephen Fry , whom he met through their mutual friend Emma Thompson whilst attending Cambridge University , where Laurie was president of the Footlights. Wodehouse adaptation Jeeves and Wooster.
Hugh Laurie went on hiatus after House
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From dramas like ER and Grey's Anatomy to comedies like Scrubs , TV audiences have always been fascinated with the inner workings of the medical world. But of all the fictional doctors that have graced our TV screens over the years, none have had the same sarcastic sensibilities and biting wit as Dr. Gregory House, the titular lead on House. A diagnostician who specialized in infectious disease, House wasn't exactly warm and fuzzy, but he was nearly always right. Despite his brusque approach and his lack of bedside manner, his patients were always in good hands. Although he was already famous in the United Kingdom, this was the part that brought him international recognition. In , House was the most-watched show on television, and Laurie earned recognition from Guinness World Records as the most-watched man on TV.
Officially, he stands 6-foot-2; unofficially, he seems even taller. He moves along, patting his pockets for a wayward pack of cigarettes, and seems a little out of sorts until he has one in hand. Hovering near an open doorway, hunched against the wind, he lights the smoke, takes a couple of drags and exhales. If I take that thing away, then surely—just in terms of Newtonian physics—there must be a gap now. Perhaps the most uncommon thing about Laurie is that, despite his accomplished and enduring career, he readily admits to being a head case of the highest order and a prisoner of self-doubt. Not that he finds these qualities particularly special.