James Hugh Calum Laurie, OBE (born 11 June 1959), better known as Hugh Laurie , is an English actor, voice artist, comedian, writer, musician, recording artist, and director. He first became well known in the media as one half of the Fry and Laurie double act, along with his friend and comedy partner Stephen Fry, whom he joined in the cast of Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster from 1987 until 1999. Since 2004, he has played Dr Gregory House, the protagonist of House, for which he received two Golden Globe awards, two Screen Actors Guild awards and several Emmy nominations. Laurie has also featured in films, including Sense and Sensibility (1995), adapted by and starring Emma Thompson, Disney's 101 Dalmatians (1996), The Borrowers (1997), Flight of the Phoenix (2004), Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), and the three Stuart Little films. As of August 2010, Laurie is the highest paid actor in a drama series on US television. He has been listed in the 2011 Guinness Book of World Records as the highest paid actor ever in a TV Dramaâearning US$ 700,000 per episode in Houseâand for being the most watched leading man on television.