Hugh Laurie : The Biography, Hardback Book

Hugh Laurie : The Biography Hardback

1.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)

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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. Hugh was born in Oxford, and 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 through illness, he joined the famous Cambridge Footlights and there began a career in comedy, It was at university that he met Stephen fry, and the pair forged a hilarious partnership that continued through the 1980s and 1990s, as they appeared together in the Blackadder series, sketch show A Bit of Fry and Laurie and PG Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster. Hugh has also enjoyed great success on the big screen, starring in Sense and Sensibility, 101 Dalmatians, Monsters vs Aliens and the three Stuart Little films.

But it is the character of irascible doctor Gregory House, in the US TV drama House, that has brought Hugh Laurie global fame. He has won two Golden Globes for the role and received a prestigious Emmy nomination in 2005, and continues to receive critical acclaim for his performances in the show - especially for his near-perfect American accent.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 286 pages, col. Illustrations
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
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  • Category: Individual actors & performers
  • ISBN: 9781844549924

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A perfectly serviceable biography; but, being a fan of Hugh Laurie in every incarnation, I hoped for more from this, somehow expecting a book with character and charm. It did begin reasonably well; Laurie’s childhood, schooling and parents were tackled with care, but on arriving at his subject’s launch – well, okay, meander – into stardom, there were great rolling passages of the book that felt more like a fleshed-out magazine article than a first-rate biography. I have been left wondering what a flat and soulless mess Bunko might make of a biography of someone less engaging than Hugh Laurie. During the second half of the book, every time the author used a quote from the subject himself, or from someone who wasn’t just being used to get another friend’s assessment for padding, it was like a breath of oxygen in an airless room. It wasn’t so dull as to be unreadable, it just lacked a sense that the biographer was there to do anything more than stitch together a well-researched chronology with some opinions tacked on.Bunko might have chosen the standard title for a celebrity history, but I contend that ‘The’ biography is still waiting to be written; along with the opportunity to channel more of Laurie’s character, more insight, more contextual anecdotes and, while I’m listing grievances, a better quality of writing, an altogether more comprehensive and perceptive insight into Hugh Laurie’s life and career.

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I could have written this book with Google and four hours to scan every article and video on line that contained an interview with Hugh Laurie. I don't think the author even met the man. Big waste of time and money.

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I could have written this book with Google and four hours to scan every article and video on line that contained an interview with Hugh Laurie. I don't think the author even met the man. Big waste of time and money.

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