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Faces of Mycroft: Hugh Laurie

Faces of Mycroft: Hugh Laurie

“If you have a fancy to see your name in the next honours list…”

– The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC)

Prince Charles presents Hugh Laurie with his CBE, November 21, 2018

We share the following report from the BBC:

Hugh Laurie made a CBE by Prince Charles

Actor Hugh Laurie has been made a CBE by the Prince of Wales – the man whose royal ancestor he played as a foolish fop in Blackadder The Third.

Laurie was recognised in the New Year Honours for services to drama, having previously been made an OBE in 2007.

Known for his comedy partnership with Stephen Fry, the 59-year-old has also starred in House and The Night Manager.

For many, though, his most memorable character is George, the Prince Regent, in the third series of Blackadder.

Two years later, Laurie went on to play another upper-class twit named George in Blackadder Goes Forth.

Born in Oxford in 1959, Laurie studied at Cambridge, where he became president of the university’s Footlights drama club and performed with the likes of Fry and Dame Emma Thompson.

He also took part in the 1980 Boat Race, which saw Cambridge narrowly beaten by arch rivals Oxford.

Laurie has appeared in such films as Maybe Baby and Stuart Little and will soon be seen as Mycroft Holmes in the comedy Holmes and Watson.

As the story mentions, he will soon be portraying Mycroft Holmes in the upcoming Holmes & Watson film that is being released on Christmas Day. In addition, he portrayed Holmes in a BBC Radio production of The Hound of the Baskervilles and there are many similarities to Sherlock Holmes with Laurie’s character on the Fox television series House.

It was during Laurie’s stint on House that he was honored in 2014 as the King of the Bacchus, one of the super-Krewes that celebrate Mardi Gras annually in the city of New Orleans. Two different Mardi Gras doubloons were produced by the Bacchus that honored their King that year.

As for Laurie’s honor as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, the badge for the CBE is in the form of a cross patonce (having the arms growing broader and floriated toward the end), the obverse of which bears the left facing busts of King George V and Queen Mary; the reverse bears George V’s Royal and Imperial Cypher. Both are within a ring bearing the motto of the Order. The badges are enamelled with pale blue crosses and crimson ring, and is suspended from a ribbon that is rose-pink with pearl-grey edges, with the addition of a pearl-grey central stripe for the military division.

 

Faces of Holmes: Peter Cushing

Faces of Holmes: Peter Cushing

“… this man here – is an actor.” – The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place (SHOS) John Mills as Watson, Peter Cushing as Holmes in The Masks of Death (1984). This would be Cushing’s last role as Holmes. My first introduction to Peter Cushing was as Grand Moff Tarkin in a 1976 movie Star Wars. I would later become familiar… Continue Reading

The 2014 BSI Trust Benefactor Medal

The 2014 BSI Trust Benefactor Medal

“… I should have had a medal the size of a soup plate.” – The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR)       We published a HolmeWork Assignment regarding the BSI Trust Benefactor’s Medal in January 2016. This medal has only been awarded twice – first, in 2012, to Glen Miranker, and then again in 2014… Continue Reading

The Ottoman Grand Sultan Decorated Both of the Doyles in 1907

The Ottoman Grand Sultan Decorated Both of the Doyles in 1907

“I had also a commission from the Sultan of Turkey…” – The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier (BLAN) Clipping from the December 1, 1907 edition of The Baltimore Sunday Sun On September 18, 1907, Arthur Conan Doyle married for the second time, wedding Jean Elizabeth Leckie. From September 21 through November 14, Conan Doyle and his… Continue Reading

More Sherlockian Winners of the National Medal of the Arts

More Sherlockian Winners of the National Medal of the Arts

“Since then I have been honoured …” – His Last Bow (LAST) Shortly after mailing out our last notice of new posts on our website, I received a note from the 13th Garrideb, Peter E. Blau, that there were other Sherlockian-related recipients of the National Medal of the Arts. Noted theatrical musical composer Stephen Sondheim… Continue Reading

Faces of Moriarty: The Decorated Laurence Olivier

Faces of Moriarty: The Decorated Laurence Olivier

“His name is still honoured.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Laurence Olivier is considered by many to be one of the greatest actors of the 20th century. Our post cannot do justice to the man’s career and legacy, so we encourage you to read his Wikipedia entry which has much more detail… Continue Reading

Arthur Conan Doyle and the Order of the Crown of Italy

Arthur Conan Doyle and the Order of the Crown of Italy

“If you have a fancy to see your name in the next honours list” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC) In 1898, Arthur Conan Doyle visited Italy with his brother-in-law, E. W, “Willie” Hornung (the novelist who created the gentlemen burglar “Raffles”). During his tour, King Umberto I of Italy conferred the Order… Continue Reading