Why is Hugh Laurie worthy of being Man Candy? Because he’s been in a surprising number of period pieces, and because the man is totally and completely hilarious! I will admit to falling in love with his grumpy, put-upon tiny role of Mr. Palmer in Sense and Sensibility (1995) — “I wish you would stop” just kills me every time. Let’s take a wander through Laurie’s oeuvre, and hope that he makes his way back to period film sometime soon!
Black-Adder II (1986)
I will admit to not having seen all of this series, so I don’t know much other than that he plays Prince Ludwig in one episode and Simon Partridge in another!
Black Adder the Third (1989)
Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)
He was also in Blackadder: The Cavalier Years (1988) and Blackadder’s Christmas Carol (1988) but I can’t find pics.
Jeeves and Wooster (1990-1993)
Yet another hilarious role by Laurie, playing upper-class twit Bertie Wooster to Stephen Fry‘s valet Jeeves.
Sense and Sensibility (1996)
Wherein I fall in love with Laurie! He may be married to the most annoying woman in Britain, but he’s got to put up with it… and up with it he puts, silently rolling his eyes, until the one moment where he actually gets to show his good side.
Spice World (1997)
Not a period film, but Laurie plays a version of Belgian detective Poirot!
Cousin Bette (1998)
We recently discussed this film when talking about Paris. Laurie plays the title character’s relative, Baron Hulot.
The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
Okay, so he just has the minor role of “King’s Advisor,” but I’m nothing if not thorough.
Blackadder Back & Forth (1999)
Once more on the Blackadder train!
Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)
Playing Vincent Minnelli, husband of famed singer Judy Garland.
The Young Visiters (2003)
You probably missed this one, but if you can track it down, DO. It’s a story that was written by a 9-year-old girl in 1890, and they are completely faithful in their adaptation (hence the misspelled title and completely random plot twists). Laurie is hilarious in this comic love triangle.
What’s your favorite Hugh Laurie role?