British actor Hugh Laurie has taken up boxing in a bid to keep his ego at bay.

The HOUSE star, 42, admits he cuts an unlikely figure in the ring, but insists the humiliation of his inevitable defeat ensures his attitude stays in check.

He says, "Boxing is fascinating. It's good for the soul to be made to feel clumsy.

"I swank around during the week thinking I'm a big cheese, but you don't feel like that when you're in the ring with a chap who knows what he's doing. It's ritual humiliation.

"I'm going to be slugged about and probably killed, but I love it and have to do something to keep fit."