Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie shines in John le Carré's The Night Manager

The BBC's lavish new John le Carré thriller 'The Night Manager' features Tom Hiddleston doing his best Bond and Olivia Colman as a 21st-century Smiley. But it's Hugh Laurie's villain – his first British television role in 13 years – who really stands out. Gerard Gilbert meets the cast and director

Edinburgh 2013: John Lloyd's The Liff of QI does exactly what it says

The comedy producer and QI founder John Lloyd does exactly what he sets out to do with this show - at least according to the blurb on his flyer: to take the audience on a journey via The Meaning of Liff (the spoof lexicon he co-wrote with Douglas Adams) and his constant search for quite interesting facts.

Hugh Laurie: Because he's worth it

Actor, musician and now 'ambassador' for L'Oreal, he's the embodiment of crumpled modern manhood whose crucial attribute may be his appeal to both sexes

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Album: Hugh Laurie, Let Them Talk (Warner)

The idea of the Blackadder/House actor turning his hand to an album of New Orleans blues standards may seem incongruous, but Laurie has a lifelong love of this music and is a fine pianist.

Hugh Laurie, Union Chapel, London

Is there no end to Hugh Laurie's unfeasibly large array of talents? As if it wasn't enough that the celebrated British comic is also the highest-paid actor on US television for his starring role in House, he has translated his life-long passion for blues into a debut album, showcased by this, his first UK headline show.

Cultural Life: Ruby Wax, comedian

Books: I've recently finished Jonathan Franzen's fantastic novel, 'Freedom'. Every sentence is so dark and to the heart of what is wrong with America. Celebrating dysfunctionality, as an expose of American psyche, it doesn't just hit the nail on the head – it slams it into the ground and kills it.