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Hugh Laurie's passport photocopied by Serbian border guard

Published 22/01/2016

Hugh Laurie on The Graham Norton Show
Hugh Laurie on The Graham Norton Show

House actor Hugh Laurie has told how a Serbian border guard made a photocopy of his passport for his wife who was a fan.

Laurie rose to fame on hit British TV show Blackadder and gained a global following playing Dr Gregory House in the popular American TV show for eight years.

The 56-year-old, who is also a musician, was touring with his band when they had their tour bus searched as they crossed into Serbia.

Appearing on The Graham Norton Show he said: "About an hour later we realised my passport hadn't been given back so we had to turn around and go back. The guard said, 'Sorry, I make photocopy for my wife.' My passport was still in the copier!"

He added: "He then asked for a selfie with me and you don't argue with a Serbian border guard with a machine gun!"

Oxford-born Laurie joined Straight Outta Compton star Ice Cube, actor Kevin Hart and Broadchurch star Olivia Colman as guests on Norton's TV show.

Cube offered his thoughts on the Oscars "boycott", which has seen Hollywood star Will Smith and others say they will not attend this year's awards ceremony. The Academy has faced heavy criticism regarding its "all-white" line-up of nominees.

Cube said he viewed the Oscars like a horse race, adding that if your horse lost the race, you tear up your ticket.

The singer and producer, whose real name is O'Shea Jackson (Sr) explained: " We don't do movies for the industry we do movies for the fans. If the industry gives you a trophy or a pat on the back it's nice but it's not something you should dwell on.

Laurie praised Cube's movie and said he agreed with his assessment.

He said: "I think what you've said is the sanest description of the process of awards I've ever heard. As a way of thinking about it and treating it, it's brilliant."

Mum of three Colman spoke about being heavily pregnant while filming TV series The Night Manager alongside Laurie.

She said: "I was so big there was no hiding it. I was waddling too and at one point the director said, 'Could you walk less pregnant?'"

Naturalist and TV broadcaster David Attenborough appeared to talk about his BBC documentary Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur.

The Living Planet creator turns 90 in May and when asked how he would be celebrating said: "I'd like to ignore the whole issue! I expect the BBC will do something. A cake perhaps!"

:: The Graham Norton Show airs on BBC One on January 22 at 10:35pm

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