Hugh Laurie, 53, looks a lot older now: would you still hit this silver fox?

Those of you who know me know that I have a thing for bald men. Think Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, The Rock, LL Cool J. (This lousy Monday just started to pick up.) Our hottest, most kick ass action stars are bald dudes who own it, and while I prefer a chrome dome I don’t mind some male pattern baldness as long as the guy keeps his hair short. So in theory I should be all over these photos of Hugh Laurie with short hair, but I think the gray hair is throwing me off. He looks really old all of a sudden. He’s 53 now, I know my Hugh Laurie crush shouldn’t just fade away because he’s aging naturally. I would still hit it though, especially when I hear him talk. It’s not just the accent, it’s how funny and self-effacing he is.

Hugh has been focusing on his music career post-House, although he does have some films coming out and I’ll cover that in a moment. He has a new interview with an Australian radio station, I think it’s promote his second blues album, Didn’t It Rain, which is out May 6 in the UK. He doesn’t say anything particularly noteworthy, but I like how honest he always sounds, and how he’s in no way full of himself. He’s just doing his thing, and he sounds grateful that we’re paying attention.

“I’m a man who does a lot, that’s not the same as having talents,” says Hugh Laurie, who may well have competed in rowing at the 1984 Olympics were it not for comedy.

“It was certainly a possiblility that I was going to devote my energies to.

“In the end I got diverted by a spot of acting… you don’t have to get up so early and it’s frankly not painful,” he says.

That was his first slice of luck, and once he experienced the feeling of performing in front of an audience AND making that audience laugh, he was addicted.

“I discovered there was a great pleasure to be had in making people laugh…

“There are probably all kinds of twisted psychological reasons as to why that’s the case, but it is a big accomplishment and an addictive sensation.”

Another slice of luck came in the form of the TV series ‘House’, in which Hugh Laurie was able to reinvent himself as the unconventional Dr Gregory House for eight seasons.

“It’s quite rare for an actor to have the opportunity to do something like that without the audience having any associations or any expectations.

“I think it took people by surprise, they didn’t know what to make of it. And that’s a good way to see anything.”

Then came the music career.

He’s about to release his second album, ‘Didn’t it Rain’. And it’s almost like the career has come full circle, after he had music lessons as a child, hated them, then took them up again in his teens.

And no, music is his ‘everything’.

“It’s my companion and friend. It’s also my daily sudoku and crossword puzzle.

“The piano is a wonderful companion,” he reflects.

After a varied career, Hugh Laurie says he has no regrets.

“I honestly don’t think that there’s any moment where I wish that the dice had fallen differently. The only things I wish for are that maybe I had appreciated things more at the time that they really mattered.

“But i’m not complaining,” he says.


Hugh didn’t bring up his rowing career – the interviewer did, and he was very low-key and humble about it, as we’ve come to expect from him. I love to see Hugh interviewed and I find him more attractive as himself than as the crotchety Dr. House. He never did it for me in character, but Hugh himself is lovely. I’m just surprised to find that I like him better with hair. That usually isn’t the case for me.

See, here’s Hugh with hair at the House wrap party last year. Maybe he didn’t want to bother with his hair and considered it part of his “House” character.

This is my favorite look for him. With hair and clean shaven. This was just a year ago as well. He was probably wearing a piece though.

Here’s a trailer for Hugh’s upcoming film Mr. Pip, based on a novel by Lloyd Jones. It doesn’t have a release date yet. He’s also going to shoot a Disney film in Vancouver this summer called Tomorrowland, with George Clooney.

Update: More photos of Hugh in Paris today.

Photo credit: FameFlynet

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  1. T.Fanty says:

    No, but I love him dearly. He will forever be this man to me:

  2. Tessa says:

    He is an old 53. He looks like he’s in his 60’s…

  3. Eleonor says:

    Hugh is a very gifted actor, I am going to miss him A LOT, even if House was a total mess after the third (or fourth?) season.
    And I’d love to see him as guest star on Mad Men!

  4. Faye says:

    He really does look older without his piece on, doesn’t he? I used to be so hot for him, but in this latest look, eh . . .I feel fickle now. I’ll have to see him in something and see how I feel.

    He really is a talented musician as well as an actor. I still enjoy re-watching old episodes of A Bit of Fry and Laurie where he sings and plays the piano. And of course, who can forget Bertie Wooster singing and playing “Minnie the Moocher” with such panache? Good times.

    Anyway, I’ll give his album a try.

  5. Sade says:

    Young Hugh was hot and so very funny. I pity american audiences who only know him from dramatic roles. You done good for yourself, Hugh

    • wonderwoman21 says:

      I’m american, but i have seen him in his role of bertie wooster in jeeves and wooster. Very funny stuff

  6. LAK says:

    He will always be the Prince Regent in Black adder for me.

    mind you, Bertie was a riot too.

    • Sade says:

      I had such a crush on him in black adder. The final episode of the last series tore my poor pre-pubescent heart apart. The scene where they all leave the bunker and there are gunshot sounds, groaning and the scene fades into afield of red poppies. Seeing your childhood crush klled is torture for a kid. Memories! What a brave and poignant ending to a comedic series, btw.

      • hazeldazel says:

        Oh god, that was so sad! Blackadder was how I first knew Hugh Laurie and of course the WWI season was my fave (well and the Regency one), but the finale is soooo sad, it gets me every time. I always skip it on Netflix.

        And then there’s A Bit of Hugh and Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster, sooo funny! It was a shock to see Hugh Laurie all frumpy and serious and speaking with an American accent.

  7. EscapedConvent says:

    I love this man & have for years. It is a bit of a shock to see his hair so short & so grey. But he’s so wonderfully funny & his charm is sweet & low-key.

    And here is another man with a beautiful deep voice that melts.

    So, I must certainly would.

  8. Lisa says:

    Aw, I loved him as House. What an amazing character and show.

    I think he wore a piece for a long time on the show (like Ted Danson did on Cheers), so it doesn’t surprise me he looks “suddenly” older now. He’s also most likely not wearing makeup when he’s just out and about, while he certainly would have been while at promotional events. Women aren’t the only ones who look a lot different with their hair and makeup done!

  9. Reece says:

    I wouldn’t have hit it before but I still like him.

  10. Lexi says:

    No no no no defs no

  11. j.eyre says:

    Yes, yes I would. Smart, funny men are always welcome.

    Trust me, when I say I want “A Bit of Fry and Laurie” I am not actually referring to the show.

  12. TWINK says:

    I wouldn’t have even when he was younger.

  13. HappyJoyJoy says:

    I liked Dr. House. He doesn’t do it for me out of character. :/

  14. marie says:

    no, not at all. while I think he’s an amazing actor, he reminds me too much of my dad..

  15. D says:

    He used to be really hot in House, but he started looking older towards the end. Now he looks at least 10 years older than he actually is. I guess the smoking and drinking have caught up with him.

    I foresee plastic surgery in his future if he’s serious about going into film.

    • LAK says:

      Granted he is better known for his TV work, but he has been a national treasure, film and Television actor for a good 30yrs.

      And very successful in all arenas.

  16. Syko says:

    Never have found him attractive, never will.

  17. Marlene says:

    hugh laurie could get it any day, any time….!

  18. MyCatLovesTV says:

    Certain men of a certain age have a “hotness” because of what is inside the skin….depending upon what we desire. Does a sweetheart do it for you? Or maybe an intelligent rough hold you against the wall kind of guy gets you going. It was the character that set some women’s hearts racing. The rogue, the bad guy, the smartass, the man who looked thru you after he looked AT you.

    That being said I like him in character better. But it is the smile and the eyes that make him special. Plus I’m an old chick myself. (He does look older than his stated age. I wonder if he smokes? My smoking friends look much older than my non-smoking ones.)

    • Ella says:

      Unfortunately, Hugh does smoke, and has for years, so you may be right on the money. I’m kinda surprised to see him looking so old in these pics though – I’ve seen other ones of him lately where he didn’t look this old. Part of it might be the lighting — it’s really washing him out in these pics.

  19. littlestar says:

    I adore Hugh Laurie – he looks good any way to me! But if I had to choose, I love his scruffy House look.

  20. Micki says:

    Yes, I would.
    May I pick Bruce Willis and add Ed Harris to CB list? The rest don’t do it for me.

    • ??? says:

      I agree. Willis and Harris have embraced and worked their baldness really well for some time now!

    • Lisa says:

      Okay, seriously? I’ve had a long-standing crush on Ed Harris since I was 12. Yet everyone I mention this to looks at me like I’ve grown another head!

  21. AmandaPanda says:

    2 things:

    1. I would hit it with the force of an ENORMOUS pair of trousers

    2. They’re making a film out of mr pip? Oh god. That’s one of my favourite books ever. They can’t make a film out of it!

  22. Ros says:

    OMG I love bald men, too! A man has to have a lot of confidence to pull it off, and Laurie will be able to do that. He’s hot, with or without hair.

  23. janie says:

    In a New York minute! Love him!

  24. Bianca says:

    I will love him forever!

  25. Sillybee says:

    I’d hit that all day, every day. My own husband knows that Hugh is among the few men that I’d have to leave him for, if they ever came to my door. ;0)

  26. Ella says:

    I absolutely love Hugh and have for years.

    Why do we always have to frame our opinion on male actors as “would you hit it?” – I’m not offended by references to sex, but it’s a bit reductive, to look at a man like Hugh Laurie and focus on whether we’d “hit it” or not. He’s so much more than that — he’s a genius actor, talented musician, a funny and eloquent and charming person. And I know the writer here is aware of that, going by what she said in the piece. So why the silly/demeaning tagline?

    I guess it’s maybe supposed to be ironic, or a commentary on how female celebs are always judged on their sex appeal, but honestly, why do we have to judge males OR females on whether we’d want to sleep with them? There’s more to life.

  27. dref22 says:

    I’d rather hit someone who is 55 and still looking like in his 40s. Jack Coleman.

  28. Lee says:

    I had the delightful pleasure of seeing Hugh Laurie with the Copper Bottom Band (his band) in Morristown NJ. It was the final performance and it was magical. He was so at ease with the crowd and so professional. I could not believe how talented he is. He played the piano, multiple guitars and sang. He performed for almost 3 hours….no, they don’t make them like that anymore…Bravo….

  29. serena says:

    I’ll always like him, even with grey hair or no hair, he’s too charming and talented. One of the best actor ever.

    I don’t like him clean shaved though, I prefer him a little raw.

  30. KellyinSeattle says:

    He has gorgeous eyes and I love his mischevious smile.

  31. mac says:

    He is also in The Oranges with Leighton Meester and Adam Brody which comes out this year.

  32. Kristin says:

    Yes, yes I still would, many times over.