MCM: Hugh Laurie


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!

1986 Black-Adder II

I think this is Prince Ludwig.

1986 Black-Adder II

Fake breasts = always hilarious if you’re a British comedy show!


Black Adder the Third (1989)

We’ve raved about Laurie’s turn as Prinny (i.e. the Prince of Wales) many times before!

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.

1989 Blackadder Goes Forth
1989 Blackadder Goes Forth

It can’t be a British comedy without cross-dressing!


Jeeves and Wooster (1990-1993)

Yet another hilarious role by Laurie, playing upper-class twit Bertie Wooster to Stephen Fry‘s valet Jeeves.

Jeeves and Wooster (1990-1993)

Looking dapper in his 1930s suit.
Photo by ITV / Rex USA ‘Jeeves & Wooster’ – 1990 Bertie Wooster [Hugh Laurie] ITV ARCHIVE

Jeeves and Wooster (1990-1993)

Jeeves and Wooster (1990-1993)

Time for cocktails!


Sense and Sensibility (1995)

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.

1995 Sense and Sensibility

I do love a man in a high, high collar… (c)Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

Sense and Sensibility (1995)

His general reaction to his wife.

Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Oh the sarcasm!

Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Women, amirite?

Sense and Sensibility (1995)


Sense and Sensibility (1995)

SO good with children!

Sense and Sensibility (1995)



Spice World (1997)

Not a period film, but Laurie plays a version of Belgian detective Poirot!

1997 Spice World


Cousin Bette (1998)

We recently discussed this film when talking about Paris. Laurie plays the title character’s relative, Baron Hulot.

1998 Cousin Bette

Such pretty eyes!

1998 Cousin Bette

Dueling with Bob Hoskins.

1998 Cousin Bette

Dapper as all get-out!


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.

1998 The Man in the Iron Mask

Those, my friends, are some shitty full-bottomed wigs!

1998 The Man in the Iron Mask

Oh well, admire the cravats!


Blackadder Back & Forth (1999)

Once more on the Blackadder train!

1999 Blackadder Back & Forth

WHAT is Stephen Fry wearing??!!


Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)

Playing Vincent Minnelli, husband of famed singer Judy Garland.

2001 Life with Judy Garland- Me and My Shadows


The Young Visiters (2004)

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.

2003 The Young Visiters
2003 The Young Visiters

That is Lyndsey Marshall, btw, who played Cleopatra in the HBO series Rome. And, of course, Jim Broadbent.

2004 The Young Visiters

Gloriously Edwardian!

What’s your favorite Hugh Laurie role?

17 Responses

  1. Misty Smith

    As always, your choice is awesome, (I’ve been a fan since Blackadder goes Forth, which is my fave of the Blackadders) Thank you x

  2. Cheryl from Maryland

    Not period, but I’ve always had a thing for him as House. Also in Stuart LIttle and Flight of the Phoenix.

  3. Susan Pola Staples

    Mr Palmer in Sense & Sensibility. He actually draws the eye away from Col. Brandon. Very hard to do.
    The tie with Mr Palmer, MP is Bertie Wooster.

  4. picasso Manu

    Prinny is always good for a laugh, but I feel Laurie had better opportunities to show his range on Blackadder goes forth.

    And Stephen Fry is wearing the aggressively gay version of a centurion uniform ( And had lots of fun doing it, if I recall one interview right).

  5. Trystan L. Bass

    Bertie Wooster is my very favorite upper-class twit evar! And I love that Hugh Laurie can go from playing that sort of dimwit to brilliantly snarky characters as in Sense & Sensibility or House. Such range!

    • Liza Jane

      OMG, I just finished bingeing on Jeeves and Wooster! What a classic pairing; and true to the tone of the stories. I only wish there were more.

  6. LadySlippers

    Hugh Laurie is so fantastic there aren’t enough words to describe it. He’s intelligent, funny, and musical — all things that make my heart pitter-patter.

    He’s a joy and a delight no matter what he’s in (even when he’s a baddie!).

    Thanks for this. 💖

  7. revknits

    Sense and Sensibility is one of my Favs because he plays it true to the tone of the movie. And Blackadder Goes Forth for the high-comic win!

  8. Karen K.

    That’s tough — Mr. Palmer is just brilliant, but I adore Jeeves & Wooser. And WTF IS STEPHEN FRY WEARING? The look on his face in that Roman getup is priceless!

  9. ladyaquanine73551

    Isn’t that the guy who plays House? The bad-tempered doctor who badly needs a shave? (I don’t watch the show myself. Looked terrible). He’s also done cartoon voice work (had no idea he was so articulate with his voice). Hugh did the voice of Dr. Cockroach on “Monsters vs. Aliens,” and a very early role I saw him in was, he played Jasper, one of the idiot dog-nappers from the live-action “101 Dalmatians” movie.

  10. themodernmantuamaker

    Prinny and Mr Palmer as the faves for me! Although, all of his Blackadder roles were fantastic! I’m heartily ashamed to admit that I haven’t seen a lot of Jeeves and Wooster – yet. I really do need to make that a priority!

  11. Louise

    The joke there with Stephen Fry’s tighty-whities is that the higher your rank in the roman army, the higher your hem. Really would recommend Blackadder Back and Forth, it’s a giggle a minute.

  12. Kerry

    I adore Hugh Laurie, but my takeaway from this post is that the Sense and Sensibility GIFs have me noticing Alan Rickman’s expressions in that scene as I’ve never been able to do in the movie. I may be literally dying.