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HUGH LAURIE (Gutsy) emerged from the 1981 Cambridge University Footlights revue "The Cellar Tapes” along with Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson. This award-winning show was transmitted by the BBC in 1982.

He wrote and performed, with Stephen Fry, "The Crystal Cube” for the BBC and the second series of "Alfresco” for Granada Television. In 1984, he appeared in "The Young Ones” for the BBC and David Hare's film "Plenty,” starring Meryl Streep. This was followed by two episodes of Rowan Atkinson's second series of "The Black Adder.”

In 1987, he performed in the second series of "Saturday Live,” played the Prince Regent in "Blackadder III” and took part in the 1987 Royal Variety Show with Stephen Fry. They then co-wrote and performed in "A Bit of Fry and Laurie,” a fifty-minute special for the BBC, which kicked off the hugely successful series of the same name.

From here, Laurie filmed David Hare's "Strapless,” starring Bridget Fonda, appeared regularly in "Friday Live” and taped the first series of "A Bit of Fry and Laurie” as well as "Blackadder Goes Forth.” He then played Bertie Wooster in the Granada Television series "Jeeves and Wooster.”

Between recording further series of "A Bit of Fry and Laurie” and "Jeeves and Wooster,” Laurie went on to play the lead in "Gasping,” written by Ben Elton, at the Theatre Royal. He appeared in the feature film "Peter's Friends,” directed by Kenneth Branagh, "A Pin for the Butterfly” and the series "All or Nothing at All.”

From 1995 to 1999, Laurie appeared in "Sense and Sensibility,” which was adapted for the screen and starred Emma Thompson; "101 Dalmatians” with Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels and Joely Richardson; "Cousin Bette” with Jessica Lange; "The Man in the Iron Mask”; "The Place of Lions”; the smash hit "Stuart Little” co-starring Geena Davis; "Maybe Baby” for writer/director Ben Elton; and "That Girl From Rio,” directed by Chris Monger.

He then filmed "Me and My Shadow” playing Vincente Minnelli opposite Judy Davis, followed by the sequel "Stuart Little II” and two episodes of the BBC's "Spooks.” In 2003, he appeared in Carlton Television's production of the Nigel Williams novel "Fortysomething” and "The Young Visitors.” He recently had a lead role in "The Flight of the Phoenix,” co-starring with Dennis Quaid.

Laurie is currently playing the titular role in the US television series "House,” for which he has received great acclaim.

In addition to acting, Laurie has directed television programs and commercials, composed and recorded numerous original songs and has written articles for The Daily Telegraph. Four volumes of "A Bit of Fry and Laurie” scripts have been published by Mandarin, and his novel, "The Gunseller,” was published in the UK and the US to great success and has been adapted into a screenplay.

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