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HUGH LAURIE
Blue-eyed comedy maestro Hugh Laurie has been a familiar face on British TV since the Eighties, appearing in shows such as Jeeves And Wooster and the hugely popular cult series Black Adder. These days, however, the actor is also a household name with sex symbol status in the United States, thanks to his role as a maverick medic House MD. "So strong are his gifts as an actor and comic, that he makes this potentially repellent man appealing and oddly enough, even sexy," enthused USA Today.

Eton-educated Hugh won the part of Dr Gregory House while on location in Namibia, recording an audition tape in the hotel bathroom. His accent was so convincing that House producer Bryan Singer didn't realise Hugh was English. Now signed to the same agency that represents Tom Hanks, the Golden-Globe-winning father of three spends his time jetting back and forth across the Atlantic. Asked how his UK-based family copes while he's shooting in the States, Hugh says: "We think of this as me joining the Navy. I'm out at sea for however many months, and occasionally I get some home leave."

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