Hugh was born in Oxford, England on June 11, 1959. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge. Son of an Olympic gold medallist in the sport, he rowed for the England youth team (1977) and for Cambridge (1980). He met Emma Thompson at Cambridge in 1978 when both joined Footlights, and was introduced to Stephen Fry by Emma in 1980. Hugh is married and lives in London with his wife and three children. Besides acting and comedy, he has written the best-selling thriller The Gun Seller, is working on a screenplay for the film version, and has a second novel being published in 2000.