Friday, Sep. 16, 2011

Hugh Laurie: From Prince Regent to Dr. House

When Hugh Laurie jumped from British to American television, he left his accent behind — and much of his sense of humor. Laurie's lilted English had graced several of Britain's most famous comedies — including roles as the effete Prince Regent on Blackadder and as the ditzy elitist half of Jeeves and Wooster. But for the U.S. hit medical drama, House, Laurie's title character is a misanthropic doctor with an addiction to painkillers. And if that's not versatile enough for you, his character's musical ability (House has had scenes with him playing the guitar, piano and harmonica) isn't just for show. He received his sixth Emmy nomination for outstanding lead actor in a drama series this year and will find out if he wins on Sept. 18.