'House' star honored with OBE nod

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LONDON -- "House" star Hugh Laurie was awarded an Order of the British Empire award in the Queen's New Year's Honors list, it was announced Monday.

The British actor was recognized for his contribution to drama in a career that has spanned over 20 years. The actor began his career as a sketch comedian in "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" and later played a series of English upper class twits in such shows as "Jeeves and Wooster" and "Blackadder" before crossing the pond to take U.S. audiences by storm as the curmudgeonly but brilliant medic.

Also honored in the Royal list was director Peter Greenaway who was named a Commander of the British Empire for a career featuring such textured and intricate films as "The Draughtman's Contract," "Drowning by Numbers," "A Zed and Two Noughts" and "Prospero's Books."

Other leading media figures named in the annual honors list include singer Rod Stewart, television actress Penelope Keith and former Ofcom chief executive Stephen Carter, who were awarded CBEs.

The New Years honors list is unveiled by Buckingham Palace. Recipients of the awards are selected by the British prime minister.
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