When Hugh Laurie started filming House four years ago, he left his family behind him in England because his kids were well-established there and he wasn’t certain the show was going to do well enough to justify uprooting them.
However, the actor has finally decided to move his family – which consists of his wife of 19 years, Jo, sons Charlie, 19, and Bill, 17, and daughter Rebecca, 14 – stateside so they no longer have to endure a nine-month separation while he films. This year was especially tough as Hugh did not get his usual 2-month break thanks to the writer’s strike. Charlie has also decided to attend Columbia University in New York.
Hugh has bought a $3.5 mil house in Hollywood, and has also signed on for at least four more years as House, meaning the series will run until at least 2012. Included in the contract is a steep pay raise – he was previously making $250,000 to $300,000 dollars, and is now set to get about $400,000 per episode. The new season premieres September 16th on Fox.
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