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Hugh Laurie is to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award at this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival, it has been announced.

The British actor will be honored for his “phenomenally diverse range of iconic shows,” which includes classic British comedy Blackadder, long-running medical drama House, political sitcom Veep, sketch show A Bit of Fry & Laurie with Stephen Fry, and AMC’s acclaimed John le Carré adaptation The Night Manager.

During his career he’s been nominated for ten Primetime Emmy Awards and won three Golden Globes and two SAG Awards. “I’d have been excited to receive an award just for sticking around – but this is overwhelming,” Laurie said today of the accolade.

He joins previous recipients of the festival’s Outstanding Achievement prize including former Doctor Who show runner Russell T Davies and Gentleman Jack/Happy Valley creator Sally Wainwright.

“Hugh Laurie resonates with so many generations of TV viewers – for some it’s George in Blackadder, for others it’s Jeeves, Dr. Gregory House or Richard Onslow Roper in The Night Manager,” Edinburgh Festival’s CEO and director, Lisa Campbell, said in a statement. “It’s a phenomenally diverse range of iconic shows for one man to be across from so many different genres – he’s brilliant and I’m thrilled he’s coming to the Festival – not just to receive his award but also so we can hear from the man himself about his career highlights so far.”

He’ll collect his award in person during this year’s festival, which takes place from August 21-23 in the Scottish capital. In the meantime, you can remind yourself of his brilliance with our 10 reasons to love Hugh Laurie feature.

And thankfully, it won’t be too long before we see Laurie on our TV screens again. He’s starring in Avenue 5, a new sci-fi comedy from Veep creator Armando Iannucci due to debut on HBO later this year.

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By Nick Levine