Stephen Fry is one of the great pillars of British comedy. He is also a successful stage and screen actor, an accomplished director, a hugely engaging presenter, a best-selling writer and a social media and technology addict
He is probably best known for his television roles in “The Young Ones” and “Blackadder II”. Following these successes he became one half of Fry & Laurie with university friend Hugh Laurie. The two went on to film four series of PG Wodehouse’s Jeeves & Wooster.
Stephen’s childhood and time studying English at Cambridge has been well documented in his autobiography MOAB is my Washpot, and these early years have provided him with much of the content for his novels. In particular The Liar tells the story of a reckless ex-Cambridge student who becomes involved in an international espionage caper. The novel contains many episodes clearly inspired by the younger Fry.
Whilst at university, Stephen became involved with the Cambridge Footlights, where he met his longtime collaborator Hugh Laurie. As half of the comic double act Fry and Laurie, he co-wrote and co-starred in A Bit of Fry & Laurie, and took the role of Jeeves (with Laurie playing Wooster) in Jeeves and Wooster.
His acting roles include, among others, Melchett in the highly acclaimed BBC series Blackadder, the titular character in the TV series Kingdom, a recurring guest role as Dr. Gordon Wyatt in the crime series Bones and as Gordon Deitrich in the dystopian thriller V for Vendetta. His most notable performances as an actor are Peter’s Friends and Wilde in which he fulfilled, to critical acclaim, a role he believes he was born to play.
He has also written and presented several documentary series including Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, which saw him explore his mental illness and earned an Emmy Award. In 1984, Stephen was asked to re-write the musical Me & My Girl, which earned him a Tony nomination.
In 2003, Stephen made his directorial debut with Bright Young Things, adapted from Evelyn Waugh’s novel Vile Bodies. He has been a keen contributor to national newspapers over the years, in particular The Daily Telegraph.
Also in 2003, Stephen began hosting QI (Quite Interesting), a comedy panel television quiz show. QI, featuring permanent panellist Alan Davies, attracted the highest viewing figures for any show on BBC Four and UKTV G2 (now Dave). In 2006, Stephen won the Rose d’Or award for Best Game Show Host for his work on the series.
In 2005, he was the voice of the book in the big screen version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by the late Douglas Adams. He also appears frequently on BBC Radio 4, starring in the comedy series Absolute Power, being a frequent guest on panel games such as Just a Minute, and acting as chairman for I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue.
Stephen brought to life all the British versions of of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series of audio books. He has also made recordings of his own books, such as The Stars’ Tennis Balls and Moab Is My Washpot, and of works by Roald Dahl, Michael Bond, A. A. Milne and Anthony Buckeridge.
Stephen won critical acclaim as the beleaguered but brilliant Irish wit in the Hollywood biopic Wilde. Maintaining a literary connection he went on to appear in Tristram Shandy and direct Bright Young Things, adapted from Evelyn Waugh’s novel Vile Bodies.
Stephen Fry’s writing credits include The Liar, Paperweight, The Tennis Stars’ Balls and the memoirs Moab is My Washpot and The Fry Chronicles. He also wrote the book for the long-running West End revival of Me & My Girl.
"It is a cliche that most cliches are true, but then like most cliches, that cliche is untrue." Stephen
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