Q Could you give me some background on Hugh Laurie, who plays Dr. House on House M.D.?
—Dianna Arthur, West Baden Springs, Ind.
Laurie, 46, who plays the irreverent, cranky, miserable and anti-social maverick physician on the hit Fox-TV series, says he is not at all like the character—and even his American accent is fake. Until House M.D., the England-born actor's highest-profile role in the United States was as the father in two Stuart Little movies. Married for 17 years, wife Jo stays in London with their three children while Laurie takes frequent breaks from his work to fly home.