Reason 36: He is a charity supporter
“British comic actor Hugh Laurie was always a regular face on the BBC’s Comic Relief charity specials, and he went on to co-found the Band From TV, a charity musical group composed of TV stars. Hugh Laurie supports the Save the Children fundation. But as a sometime sufferer of clinical depression, Laurie’s charitable passion seems to be mental illness. Laurie and the supporting cast of House, in which he stars, are selling t-shirts featuring the screen psychologist’s truism “Everybody Lies”, and donating the profits to mental health charities. “
“What made you agree to do it ?
Hugh Laurie: I realised that the money at stake would be enough for instance to build a school in Sierra Leone. When a idea like this cross your mind, you have to act!
Part of what you’ll earn for this will go to charities ?
Hugh Laurie: All of it.” About his L’Oreal campaign.
“I work on a TV show that features the unusual, the bizarre, the unique. But the cases on House are brightly-colored minnows compared to the leviathan of pneumonia. It’s so big, you couldn’t make a TV show about it. But you could change it. So could I. We can and must change it.” Hugh Laurie
“Proceeds from the sales of Hugh Laurie’s new single ‘Hallelujah, I Love Her So’ will be donated to the BBC’s Children in Need appeal (with a minimum of 20p per download). Laurie will also offer further support to the charity when he performs the track with Jamie Cullum at the Children in Need Rocks charity concert”
“Through education, support and advocacy, NAMI gives individuals and families affected by mental illness the one thing no one else can offer: Hope. That’s why I support the National Alliance on Mental Illness.” Hugh Laurie