My Creative Hero – Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie is a man of many creative talents. He comes from a background of success, although this success was in athletics it was success none the less.

Hugh’s father, William Laurie was a gold medal Olympian in rowing. He was very close to his father and referred to him as “the sweetest man in the world,” and “a solid citizen who wore tweed suits and was overflowing with good sense and kindness.”(Laurie.2012)

Hugh followed his father’s footsteps in his adolescent years. In College Hugh became involved in rowing and along with his team mate became National Junior Champions.  Later he and his team mate came fourth in the World Junior Championships in Finland in 1977.

Hugh continued his education in Cambridge University, in 1978. There he studied Archeology and Anthropology. He became ill during his first year of university and was unable to compete in Cambridge’s rowing team.

It was while Hugh was recovering his health that we first saw him as the comedian he is today. He joined a comedian group called the ‘Foolights club’. It was here the Hugh took his first step to stardom.

It was through travelling on tour with this club that he met the also famous Stephen Fry. It was Stephen Fry who inspired him to write comedy.

The comedy duo worked on a sketch together called ‘The Cellar Tapes’ in 1980. Upon entering the Edinburgh Film Festival they won ‘pick of the fringe’ enabling them along with the performers from the ‘Foolights Club’ to travel around England and then Australia.

This was the start of the famous comedy double act. They continued to entertain us with comedy shows such as ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ and ‘A Bit of Fry and Laurie’. Hugh also continued in comedies such as ‘Black Adder’.

He went on to films such as ‘Sense and Sensibility’,  ‘101 Dalmatians’ , ‘Steward Little’ and the sequel. At that stage Hugh had shown huge potential as a comedian and actor. He has been known to admit that James Stewart influenced him to become an actor.

Hugh then wrote his first Novel ‘The Gun Seller’.

Hugh is currently starring in the hit American series ‘House M.D’. This was a big accomplishment as Hugh is English and the director wanted an American. Fortunately for Hugh the director did not realise he was English.

This is how described talking in an American accent in America. ‘It’s as if you’re playing left-handed. Or like everyone else is playing with an tennis racket and you have a salmon.’ (

Hugh has succeeded at becoming known at a large scale and won Golden Globe awards for his performances in House M.D in 2006 and 2007.

Hugh has recently astonished his fames with the release of his album “Let them Talk”.

He said ‘one day a song came on the radio – I’m pretty sure it was I Can’t Quit You Baby by Willie Dixon – and my whole life changed. A wormhole opened between the minor and major third, and I stepped through into Wonderland. Since then, the blues have made me laugh, weep, dance… well, this is a family record, and I can’t tell you all the things the blues can make me do.’(Hugh Laurie.2011)

This was what influenced Hugh to create blues/jazz music rather than ballads. He was influenced by this song to record his successful album.

This is one of Hugh’s most famous quotes which I feel is quite wise

“In life you don’t regret the things you do, you regret the things you don’t do.” (


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