Hugh Laurie</br>
Age: 53</br>
Estimated wealth: £15m to £20m</br>
Biggest Hits: Blackadder, Jeeves and Wooster, House, The Oranges, Let Them Talk (album)</br>
Quote: “I don’t have a single complete show or movie or anything else that I could look at and say, ‘Nailed that one.’”

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