I find it kind of funny that Hugh Laurie as "House" is regarded as such a sex symbol by some American women. I also find it kind of funny listening to his American accent, as well as seeing him in a serious role.
I've been watching him for the last 20 years or so, from "The Young Ones" to "Blackadder" to "Fry and Laurie" to "Jeeves and Wooster", "Peter's Friends", and even "Stuart Little".
He's a gifted British comic actor, very good at playing upper-class twits. He is also excellent as Gregory House, M.D.
If you're unfamiliar with his back-catalog, check out his role as the daft Prince George opposite Rowan "Mr. Bean" Atkinson in "Blackadder III", or his airheaded Bertie Wooster to life-long pal Stephen Fry's Jeeves in P.G. Wodehouse's "Jeeves and Wooster".
It's great when a long-time favorite achieves "overnight success", especially in such an out-of-character role (to me) as "House". Couldn't happen to a more deserving guy.