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Who Is Janet Laurie? Everything To Know About Hugh Laurie’s Older Sister



Hugh Laurie’s sister Janet Laurie lives a life behind closed doors, due to which there’s been a lot of curiosity surrounding her life. Her younger brother is best known for the titular character Dr. Gregory House on the Fox medical drama series, House.

Janet has been living a completely private life and till today, not a single hint of her personal and professional life has been explored in the media.

Let’s try to uncover some intriguing facts about her life.

Janet Laurie Is The Older Sister Of Hugh Laurie

As aforementioned, Janet is Hugh’s elder sister. Apart from this, she has incredibly managed to keep her inside information private.

She was born around the year 1952 which makes her 0 years of age in 2023. Her father is Ran Laurie, and her mother is Patricia Laidlaw.

Similarly, talking about her ethnicity, the star sister is of Scottish descent. She holds British nationality.

Janet Has A Scottish Ancestry

Her paternal grandfather William Walker Laurie was born to Scottish parents in Derby, England. His parents were Thomas Laurie, a Kirkcudbrightshire native, and Grace Davidson Walker, a Wigtownshire native. Likewise, Janet’s paternal grandmom Margaret Grieve Mundell was also Scottish.

In the same way, her grandparents from her mother’s side also had roots in Scotland. Her maternal grandpa Hugh Alexander Lyon Laidlaw was born to his parents in Lanarkshire, Scotland. Similarly, her grandma Sarah Georgina Fraser was the daughter of a Scottish father James Fraser.

Janet Laura’s Late Father Was An Olympic Rowing Champion

Born on 4 May 1915, Ran made a great name for himself as an Olympic Rowing champion. He started his rowing career as a school student at Monkton Combe School.

Later, Laura’s dad competed in the Olympics where he won several medals. He was a gold medalist and also a qualified medical doctor.

Janet Laurie’s father

Moving on to his personal life, he married two times. He first tied the knot with Janet’s mom Patricia in 1944 and the two were together until Patricia’s death from motor neuron disease in 1989. A year later, Ran married Douglas Ernest Arbuthnot but after 8 years of his marriage, he died of Parkinson’s disease at the age of 83 in 1998.

Janet Laurie Was Brought Up Alongside Three Kids

She has two brothers Hugh Laurie and Charles Alexander Lyon Mundell Laurie, and a sister Susan Laurie.

Janet Laurie has 3 siblings
Janet Laurie’s siblings.

Further, her brother Charles was born in 1953 which makes him 69 years of age in 2023. Her youngest brother is Hugh who was born on 11 June 1959 and is currently 63 years old.

Her youngest brother Hugh is a well-known personality. As of now, Hugh has established himself as an accomplished actor and comedian with several awards including a Guinness World Record for the most-watched leading man on TV. Aside from his professional achievements, he has been happily married to his wife Jo Green for more than three decades.

What Does Janet Laurie Do For A Living?

Since Janet greatly values her privacy and prefers to live out of the glam world, her professional life has been a secret. Right now, she is in her 70s, so it’s natural that she may be enjoying her retirement life, but before that, she was a working woman.

On the other hand, her famous brother Hugh started his career as a comedian in 1980 alongside his partner Stephen Fry.

Janet Laurie's brother is an Entertainer
Janet Laurie’s brother, Hugh

In his more than five decades of entertainment career, Hugh has acted in several movies and series. Amongst, the 10-time Emmy-nominated actor rose to fame through his breakthrough character Dr. Gregory in the TV series House starred alongside Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Taylor Dooley, and others in 2004.

Further, apart from being an actor, Laurie’s younger brother is the author of the novels The Gun Seller and The Paper Soldier. He is also a musician, singer, director, and producer. Being a versatile entertainer, Janet’s sibling has been honored with the Golden Globe Award two times and also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Is Janet Laurie A Married Woman?

Yes, she is happily married and has kids. She is currently in her 70s, so definitely she is enjoying life with her grandkids. Meanwhile, Janet has a number of nieces and nephews including three from Hugh’s side; Rebecca Augusta, William Albert, and Charles Archibald.

Janet Laurie’s Brother is a Millionaire

Meanwhile, Janet’s popular brother Hugh Laurie is super rich with an estimated net worth of $45 million in 2023. No doubt that he accumulated such a massive amount as an actor first.

In fact, Hugh was even named one of the highest-paid actors in TV drama. As a House actor, he earned $409,000 per episode. Further, he also owned a $3.84 million house in Los Angeles, California back in 2008.

Where Is Janet Laurie Now?

As far as we know, Janet currently resides in her hometown in England with her family.


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