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Before They Were (American) Stars

Hugh Laurie pre-MD -- A list of Laurie's best roles before there was ''House''

Hugh Laurie pre-MD

Love Laurie on House? He's been knocking about the telly across the pond for 30-plus years. Here's a DVD primer of his home-country hits.

Fortysomething (2003) Prepare to see a lot of Laurie's bottom in this deliciously raunchy, new-to-DVD dramedy about an undersexed 44-year-old family man whose cozy home life goes arse over tit. Literally.

MI-5: Volume 1 (2002) Laurie's natty, conniving secret agent is one dirty dog — and nearly as cheeky as House. He denounces an MI-5er with ''Are we going to have to come over the river and potty-train all you people?''

BlackAdder: The Collector's Set (1986 — 99) He played eight parts on this historical farce; the best is Prince ''Thick as a Whale Omelet'' George, a flatulent spendthrift with one million pairs of socks.

The Complete Jeeves & Wooster (1990 — 93) Laurie met Stephen Fry as a student at Cambridge (Emma Thompson introduced them). This Wodehouse adaptation is one of the comic duo's best series.

And for die-hard Laurie fans: Annie Lennox: Totally Diva (1992) He's a cuckolded dandy in Lennox's ''Walking on Broken Glass'' video.

Originally posted Apr 14, 2008 Published in issue #987 Apr 18, 2008 Order article reprints

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