Hugh Laurie's Father Wanted him to Become a Doctor

By: H&I Staff     Posted: June 1, 2021, 2:00PM

“I would have liked to have become a doctor myself and I still have doctor fantasies,” said Hugh Laurie to Britain's Daily Express about his former aspirations to take up real medicine. 

Parents always want what is best for their children, and that was especially true in Hugh Laurie’s case. Son of an Olympic gold medalist and Doctor, Ran Laurie, Hugh Laurie thought of following in his father's footsteps.

“My father had high hopes for me following him into medicine. I wanted to and was going to choose the right subjects at school but in the end, I copped out. Medicine is awfully hard work and you have to be rather clever to pass the exams.”

Laurie would instead take up a career in acting, primarily in British sketch comedies such as A Bit of Fry & Laurie. It wasn’t until the early 2000s when he acquired his career-defining role of Dr. Gregory House in the hit medical drama House.

The irony of playing a fake doctor on television while being the son of a real doctor is not lost on Laurie.

"One of the things that makes me feel guilty about playing this role is that my dad was a doctor, he was a very gentle soul and, I think, a very good doctor. And I'm probably being paid more to become a fake version of my own father,” said Hugh Laurie to USA Today about playing a doctor on House.

While it might not have been what his father initially hoped for, we’re thankful for Hugh Laurie’s decision to follow acting and to give us his wonderful performance as Dr. House.

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