'House' Star Hugh Laurie Says He'll Retire From TV Acting Once Show Ends

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Laurie will star in an adaptation of the best-selling novel "Mr. Pip" for writer-director Andrew Adamson ("Shrek 2," "The Chronicles of Narnia").

"I can't imagine there will be another role quite like this," he says.

Hugh Laurie is already looking past the end of House, and that future doesn't appear to include a role on another TV series.

The British actor, who is in his eighth season playing the grumpy doctor at the center of Fox's hit medical drama, told the U.K.'s Daily Record that he's likely done with TV roles once the show comes to an end.

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"I think I have been rather spoiled here (in America)," he said. "I can't imagine there will be another one quite like this. ... And I think I am extremely lucky to have had the one shot that I have had at it, and I wouldn't go looking for lightning to strike twice."

He said he'd rather go behind the cameras for whatever his next project is.

"I think I will probably be as interested by either writing or producing or directing, or some other aspect," he said. "I find the whole field of it fascinating."

Laurie, whose voice can be heard in theaters this holiday season in Arthur Christmas, argued that his time on House has more than prepped him for a new career behind the scenes.

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“We have done 170-odd shows; that’s about 56 feature films’ worth," he said. "That’s a huge amount of experience and that sort of experience gives you a confidence in a way.”

Laurie has received six Emmy noms and two Golden Globe Awards for his role on the series.

Fox has yet to make an announcement on a ninth season.