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Hugh Laurie

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

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.

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.

America's got our talent!

This year, the biggest hits on US television have one thing in common: the creative talent that brought them to the screen is British. Guy Adams reports from Los Angeles

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