As the grumpiest doctor on the box, Hugh Laurie rarely shows his gentler side.
But after being snapped hugging a cute fluffy white dog in-between shooting scenes for hit series House, it seems that Laurie is really one big softie after all.
The 51-year-old star, who plays Dr Gregory House on the U.S. TV show, was spotted cuddling the dog on his lap during a break from filming on a Malibu beach yesterday.
Clad in black T-shirt and jeans, Laurie was seen twirling his character’s trademark cane, alongside his on-screen love interest played by Lisa Edelstein.
Puppy love: Hugh Laurie takes a shine to a fluffy pooch in between filming scenes for House in Malibu yesterday
House of hugs: Laurie and Edelstein chat on the beach while filming the hit medical show
Currently filming the seventh series of the hit U.S. medical show, there are doubts as to whether the actor will continue beyond next season when his contract is up.
The star has made no secret of the fact he misses his wife and three children who live in England while he films for ten months of the year in Los Angeles.
He recently told Entertainment Weekly that he had ‘no idea’ how much longer the show will go on for.
Life’s a twirl: Laurie swings his trademark cane as he and Edelstein soak up the sun
He said: ‘I only hope we’ll know when the time is right [to end it]. When people blunder on for five years after, it gets taken out of your hands. Someone will say, ‘That’s it.’
‘For now I’m immensely proud of the things we did this season.’
But the star hinted that he could be persuaded to sign on for more House, saying he was ‚open’ to the idea of contining beyond season seven.
Pensive: Laurie admits he has yet to decide whether to continue with the series
However, Laurie claimed he had not given too much thought about when to hang up his stethoscope for good.
‘This sounds like I’m trying to avoid [the question]. I’m not,’ he said. ‘I have the brain of a hamster and I can’t think beyond five o’clock this afternoon. I really am that stupid.
‘I can only say I think we’ll have a sense next year at some point,’ he added, when asked about when the decision would be made.
Jako doktor House Hugh Laurie rzadko pokazuje miękkie serce.
W czasie kręcenia siódmego sezonu aktor tulił do siebie dużego psa. Podczas przerwy pomiędzy ujęciami Hugh Laurie odpoczywał, trzymając psa na swoich kolanach.
Ubrany w czarny t-shirt i jeansy, z charakterystyczną laską w rękach, u boku miał swoją ekranową miłość, czyli dr Cuddy, w której postać wciela się Lisa Edelstein.