Hugh Laurie’s family to move to LA; gets $17.5 mill contract for ‘House’

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House star Hugh Laurie has been outspoken about his loneliness as he’s stayed in LA to work on the popular Fox show while his family, including three teenage children, has remained with their mom in their native England. Laurie has said that he’s tried to convince his kids, Charlie, 19, Bill, 17, and Rebecca, 14, to move to LA but that his oldest son was particularly against it. Compounding the problem was Laurie’s own mistrust of his success and his fear that once he moves his family to LA he’ll end up out of work.

House producers have now offered Laurie a $17.5 million contract to stick with the show for three more years, and as one of the most well paid TV actors Laurie and his family have finally been convinced that it’s time make the move. They’re said to be planning a move to LA in the next few days after Hugh’s wife of 19 years, Jo, persuaded him. Hugh’s oldest son Charlie is now going to Columbia University in New York and that may have also helped with the decision.

After nearly four years of living a trans-Atlantic life which has done little for the depressive actor’s mental state, not to mention his 19-year marriage, the Mail can reveal that Hugh’s family are moving to America to be with him.

Until now and despite the unhappiness the nine-month separations have caused, the actor has always refused to uproot his family.

A determined pessimist, he was certain that the moment he moved the family and disrupted his children’s schooling, House would be cancelled.

‘I’ll probably be confident enough to move them in about ten years time,’ he semi-joked earlier this year. ‘I can never really believe the thing [House] is going to last. The whole of the first year I was in a hotel. I didn’t even unpack the suitcase.’

But after a particularly difficult year, during which he was forced to forego his usual two-month summer break with his family thanks to the Hollywood screenwriter’s strike, it was clear that his nomadic lifestyle was not doing him any good.

Sources say it was theatre administrator Jo who finally persuaded him that the family should move.

The couple have always denied rumours that their marriage was on the rocks but it is unlikely that their enforced separations were doing their union any good.

‘Jo could not stand seeing Hugh miserable any longer,’ said one source. ‘They all missed each other so much.’

Neither Hugh’s British publicist nor his American one will confirm or deny the story – both said they had no comment. But the move is an open secret among Hugh’s friends.

[From The Daily Mail]

The Daily Mail reports that Hugh had to film all summer instead of getting the usual two month break to spend with his family due to the schedule being rearranged by the writer’s strike. Fox recognized the strain on Laurie’s personal life and gave him “three full-time assistants… to help him find the perfect family home.” He did find and purchase a $3.5 million 3,242 square foot mansion in Hollywood right before jetting off to England. Laurie had previously lived in a rented home near the House set and said that he was often stressed from working long hours.

Congratulations to Hugh and his family. America loves this guy and his career is not likely face problems anytime soon.

Hugh Laurie is shown on 7/14/08 at the Fox All Star party. Credit: Juan Rico/Fame Pictures

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  1. dude wtf says:

    I love love love him!! And the show is awesome! Welcome to america Laurie family!

  2. Starla says:

    That’s good news. Even tho it’s been so tough on Hugh & his family, I give his wife & kids credit for not buying into the whole fame & fortune Hollywood lifestyle. It sounds like they wanted to stay a normal family because their lives would have changed so much.Just my opinion.

  3. Codzilla says:

    Bye bye bachelor livin’.

  4. ER says:

    Love the show, and he’s beeng missing his family so much, that it’s a good move to bring them to the city he works in.

  5. geronimo says:

    Boo. Want him back. :cry: But deserves all the success in the world. Top man.

  6. Lauri says:

    Love him, love his show. Glad his family is moving here!

  7. Hollz says:

    Yay! Three more years of House :D

  8. Jenna says:

    I love this show so much! I keep watching the episodes they have begun showing on USA even though I’ve seen them all. Anyone else find him somewhat attractive?

  9. WTF?!?! says:

    I am thrilled for him. I love Hugh, House and the fact that he “does” the best American accent this side of Alfred Molina.

    It made me sad to know that he couldn’t fully enjoy his success; now he can truly have the whole ball of wax he earned.

    Welcome to the US, Laurie clan!

  10. Codzilla says:

    Jenna: I think he’s really handsome. Although, is it true that he wears a rug?

  11. someone says:

    That is my favorite show..Im so glad that it will be on for at least 3 more years….yah

  12. Lisa says:

    anyone know hugh lauries wife birthdate she looks to me as tho shes a scorpio

    theyre cute 2gether

    welcome

    i hope u get the role in a movie that wins u the oscar….u are the epitome of
    charm fun & love

  13. Jeannie Accountius says:

    hello,laurie family,and my havorite hugh laurie,i just love your show.
    i am so glad you have finally convinced
    the family to be with you in the states.
    my family and myself are trying to move to california.but unfortuatlly we are having a bit of trouble,as my husband is disabled and money is tight.
    we have family and friends there but they are strapped also.my husband is also a new poetry writer he writes about his mental illness in a varity of poetry form.many emotions come out in these writings. thank you for being such an awesome actor.:lol:

  14. vdantev says:

    He’ll always be the fop idiot Prince Regent in Blackadder the Third to me.

  15. Susan locke says:

    Hey vdantev don’t be saing that about THE AWSOME HOUGH LAURIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. marsha says:

    any idiot can see he does not really want her here. that is probably why he is so depressed, he has outgrown his wife years ago but feels trapped because he loves his kids. he is way to evolved for her.

  17. marsha says:

    oh give me a break-stop deleting my comments you wimps-hugh laurie is obviously outgrown his wife and does not really want her here. he is bored and depressed and needs someone who is more his equal in intelligence and needs. have some guts and print this
    reply.

  18. Victoria says:

    No, he’s depressed because of a chemical imbalance in his brain.
    Come on he’s been married 20 years and obviously happily. Where do you get off making those outrageous and extremely uncalled for accusations??
    Hugh Laurie is awesome. His sons are kinda cute too ;)

  19. Radia2n says:

    Lalalala..luv u dr house!! kikiki.