Hugh Laurie Lands Veep Role — Could He Be the New Title Character?

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Hugh Laurie is making a house call to Season 4 of Veep.

The two-time Golden Globe winner (and six-time Emmy nominee) was spotted filming a scene today by Baltimore Media Blog, and HBO has confirmed to TVLine that he’ll indeed appear in the Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy when it returns with fresh episodes next year.

The show’s reps declined to offer details on Laurie’s character — but a source indicates the stint will be for multiple episodes.

Louis-Dreyfus’ character, Selina Meyer, became the leader of the free world at the end of Season 3, when the never-seen POTUS suddenly resigned to care for his ailing wife. At the time, the hapless Meyer was in the midst of a quickly sinking bid for her party’s presidential nomination.

While Baltimore Media Blog speculated that Laurie might be playing Meyer’s campaign manager, that role was already occupied in the Season 3 finale by Anna Chlumsky’s ambitious Amy.

One role that wasn’t filled when we last saw Selina (and her very squeaky shoes) addressing the nation: A potential Biden to her Obama. And while Laurie’s British accent would have to be concealed (just like he did during his House days) in order for him to play her running-mate, a Louis-Drefyus/Laurie ticket would be potentially unstoppable — at least from a comedic standpoint.

Last month, AMC signed on as co-producer (along with BBC) of a six-to eight-episode event series adaptation of John le Carre’s The Night Manager, starring Laurie and Tom Hiddleston (Thor).

Are you digging the idea of Laurie on Veep? What role do you envision him playing? Hit the comments with your thoughts!

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21 Comments
  1. El says:

    I’ll watch Hugh Laurie in anything. Though not sure about the American accent – last time he tried it in Street Kings, he sounded like undercover House.

    • Tracy Murray says:

      I would like to see Hugh Laurie try another American accent, but not go back to his Stuart Little / House voice, I would like to see his Veep character be from New England or from the South.

  2. Tash says:

    Sorry you are mistaken about Hugh Laurie winning 2 Emmys, he didn’t win any, but won 2 Golden Globes. I think that is what you meant to have put.

    • Michael Slezak says:

      Correct! Meant to say Golden Globes. Brain just refuses to believe the perpetual Emmy snubbery.

    • Julie says:

      You’re the one who’s mistaken, because if you read carefully, it is said that he is a “two-tome Golden Globes winner (and six times Emmy nominee)…

  3. Rowan says:

    Not sure he’s actually won an Emmy.

    Cool he’s been cast here though. He’s a good fit for the style of comedy.

  4. Julie Vallerand says:

    Ahh! Sooo happy!…I’m already anticipating this…Hlaurie can do everything…

  5. Realmente fantástico, muchas gracias por la información.

  6. Amie says:

    I’m there for Hugh no matter what he does. I think he could be another contender for the presidency, though. And maybe he’ll ask Selina to be Veep again. That would be funny.

  7. Jess says:

    I love that he’s doing a few episodes in a comedy, especially one as good as Veep. Perfect! He can have a lot of fun with that!

  8. Rhoda says:

    Your story is incorrect. The Baltimore Blog did not break this story nor is that their picture. The picture you posted of Hugh Laurie on set is the property of a crew member working on the set who tweeted the picture and then quickly deleted it. Baltimore Media found the story on Twitter. Just wanted us to be clear.

  9. jo says:

    Totally digging that!

  10. Daniel says:

    He could be playing the British PM

  11. Rich Abey says:

    Ooooh! Hugh laurie is sure heating up the TV scene. I get to see him in two multi-episode, potentially in-depth characters…Christmas has come early!

  12. Mika says:

    I can´t stand JLD and Hugh Laurie is not attractive enough to make me watch this ridiculous comedy

  13. Love Hugh Laurie’s work. It would be really interesting for him to try another American accent. Looking forward to seeing him interact with JLD!

  14. Gwenna says:

    Go back to the beginning with best buds Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson at
    Cambridge University performing in The Fringe…Then Fry and Laurie in Black Adder with among others, Rowan Atkinson…Then onto Jeeves and Wooster (Fry and Laurie)…a treat…
    No comedy novice is our multi-talented Hugh (check out his blues dvd’s)…nor the wonderful Stephen Fry…(check out his books!!)
    Britain is well known for its funny folk…

  15. So excited to see Hugh on TV. It has been way too long. I will watch him in anything and know for sure that he will be brilliant as always.

  16. Lainie says:

    Hugh YESSS! Julia Louis Dreyfuss, NO! He needs a more sophisticated leading lady, a Lisa Edelstein or Julia Roberts type. THEN, Veep would sizzle, big time. However, I’ll watch anything he stars or co-stars in, but sure would love to see him hooked up with a tall, savvy chick instead of the sometimes silly, giddy little girly JLD. But I am excited at the prospect of being able to watch him every week in a quality show! And why not go with the British accent; he could be a Brit born in the US, raised in the UK, who has dual citizenship, moved back here, ran for Pres, and got elected in a tight race. Interesting twist, I think!