Hugh Laurie

L'Oréal makes Hugh Laurie the face of male cosmetics

Having already made a surprising appearance in the album charts as a blues musician this year, the actor Hugh Laurie has now announced an even more unlikely career development: serving as an "ambassador" for male cosmetics.

Hugh Laurie: On the road with an unlikely blues legend

It's all Mrs Hare's fault. When he was a nipper in a comfortable Oxford household, an Eton boy and the youngest son of a GP, Hugh Laurie was told to learn the classical horn. He lasted three weeks. Mrs Hare's efforts to teach him the instrument came to naught. But she did leave one lasting impression on young Laurie: one day, flipping to page 26 in the book of sheet music, she came across "Swanee River". "Negro spiritual, slightly syncopated," she said drily to her pupil.

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.

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Hugh Laurie to sing the blues

Hugh Laurie, better known for his acting roles in television programmes including Blackadder and House, is now turning his hand to a different trade by starting work on his debut album.