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Stephen Fry

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Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) is an English actor, broadcaster, comedian, director and writer. He first came to prominence in the 1980s as one half of the comic double act Fry and Laurie, alongside Hugh Laurie, with the two starring in A Bit of Fry & Laurie (1989–1995) and Jeeves and Wooster (1990–1993). He also starred in the sketch series Alfresco (1983–1984) alongside Laurie, Emma Thompson, and Robbie Coltrane, and in Blackadder (1986–1999) alongside Rowan Atkinson. Since 2011, he has served as president of the mental health charity Mind.

Stephen Fry
Fry in 2016
Born
Stephen John Fry

(1957-08-24)24 August 1957 (age 64)
London, England
Alma materQueens' College, Cambridge
Occupation
  • Actor
  • broadcaster
  • comedian
  • director
  • writer
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)
Elliott Spencer
(m.2015)​
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Websitestephenfry.com
Signature

Fry's film acting roles include playing his idol Oscar Wilde in the film Wilde (1997), for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor; Inspector Thompson in Robert Altman's murder mystery Gosford Park (2001); and Mr. Johnson in Whit Stillman's Love & Friendship (2016). He has also made appearances in the films Chariots of Fire (1981), A Fish Called Wanda (1988), The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004), V for Vendetta (2005), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) and The Hobbit film series. His television roles include Lord Melchett in the BBC television comedy series Blackadder and the title character in the television series Kingdom and Absolute Power, as well as a recurring guest role as Dr. Gordon Wyatt on the American crime series Bones. He has also written and presented several documentary series, including the Emmy Award-winning Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, which saw him explore his bipolar disorder, and the travel series Stephen Fry in America. He was the longtime host of the BBC television quiz show QI, with his tenure lasting from 2003 to 2016, during which he was nominated for six British Academy Television Awards. He appears frequently on other panel games, such as Just a Minute and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.

Besides working in television, Fry has been a prolific writer, contributing to newspapers and magazines and having written four novels and three autobiographies: Moab Is My Washpot, The Fry Chronicles, and More Fool Me. He is also known for his voice-over work; he read all seven of the Harry Potter novels for the UK audiobook recordings, narrated the video game series LittleBigPlanet and Birds of Steel, lent his voice to an animated series of explanations of the laws of cricket, and narrated a series of animations about humanism for Humanists UK.

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Fry at rehearsals for student production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Norfolk College of Arts and Technology, 1975

Stephen John Fry was born on 24 August 1957 in the Hampstead area of London, the son of Marianne Eve Fry (née Neumann) and physicist and inventor Alan John Fry (1930–2019). He has an older brother, Roger, and a younger sister, Joanna. His paternal grandmother had roots in Cheshire and Kent. The Fry family originates around the Shillingstone and Blandford areas of Dorset; in the early 1800s, Samuel Fry settled in Surrey, with his descendants residing in Middlesex. In his autobiographical writings and elsewhere, Fry has claimed relationship to the Fry family that founded the eponymous chocolate company, John Fry (one of the signatories to the death warrant for Charles I), and the cricketer C. B. Fry. Fry's mother is Jewish, but he was not brought up in a religious family. His maternal grandparents, Martin and Rosa Neumann, were Hungarian Jews who emigrated from Šurany (now in Slovakia) to the UK in 1927. Rosa's parents, who originally lived in Vienna, were sent to a concentration camp in Riga, where they were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust. His mother's aunt and cousins were sent to Auschwitz and Stutthof and never seen again.

Fry grew up in the village of Booton, Norfolk, having moved at an early age from Chesham, Buckinghamshire, where he had attended Chesham Preparatory School. He briefly attended Cawston Primary School in Cawston, Norfolk, before going on to Stouts Hill Preparatory School in Uley, Gloucestershire, at the age of seven, and then to Uppingham School in Rutland, where he joined Fircroft house and was described as a "near-asthmatic genius". He took his O-Levels in 1972 at the age of 14 and passed all except physics, but was expelled from Uppingham half a term into the sixth form. He was later dismissed from Paston School, a grant-maintained grammar school that refused to let him progress to study A-Levels.

Fry moved to Norfolk College of Arts and Technology, where, after two years in the sixth form studying English, French, and History of Art, he ultimately failed his A-Levels, not turning up for his English and French papers. Over the summer, Fry absconded with a credit card stolen from a family friend. He had taken a coat when leaving a pub, planning to spend the night sleeping rough, but had then discovered the card in a pocket. He was arrested in Swindon and, as a result, spent three months in Pucklechurch Prison on remand. Following his release, he resumed his education at City College Norwich, promising administrators that he would study rigorously and sit the Cambridge entrance exams. In the summer of 1977, he passed two A-Levels in English and French, with grades of A and B. He also received a grade A in an alternative O-Level in the Study of Art and scored a distinction in an S-Level paper in English. Having successfully passed the entrance exams in autumn 1977, Fry was offered a scholarship to Queens' College, Cambridge, for matriculation in autumn 1978, briefly teaching at Cundall Manor, a preparatory school in North Yorkshire, before taking his place. At Cambridge, he joined the Footlights, appeared on University Challenge, and read for a degree in English Literature, graduating with upper second-class honours. Fry also met his future comedy collaborator Hugh Laurie at Cambridge and starred alongside him in the Footlights.

Comedy

Fry signing autographs at the Apple Store, Regent Street, London, on 3 February 2009

Fry's career in television began with the 1982 broadcasting of The Cellar Tapes, the 1981 Cambridge Footlights Revue which was written by Fry, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson, and Tony Slattery. The revue caught the attention of Granada Television, who, keen to replicate the success of the BBC's Not the Nine O'Clock News, hired Fry, Laurie and Thompson to star alongside Ben Elton in There's Nothing to Worry About! A second series, retitled Alfresco, was broadcast in 1983, and a third in 1984; it established Fry and Laurie's reputation as a comedy double act. In 1983, the BBC offered Fry, Laurie and Thompson their own show, which became The Crystal Cube, a mixture of science fiction and mockumentary that was cancelled after the first episode. Undeterred, Fry and Laurie appeared in an episode of The Young Ones in 1984, and Fry also appeared in Ben Elton's 1985 Happy Families series. In April 1986, Fry was among the British comedians who appeared in the first live telethon Comic Relief. In 1986 and 1987, Fry and Laurie performed sketches on the LWT/Channel 4 show Saturday Live.

In 1986 the BBC commissioned a sketch show that was to become A Bit of Fry & Laurie. Following a 1987 pilot, the programme ran for 26 episodes across four series between 1989 and 1995. During this time, Fry starred in Blackadder II as Lord Melchett, made a guest appearance in Blackadder the Third as the Duke of Wellington, then returned to a starring role in Blackadder Goes Forth, as General Melchett. In a 1988 television special, Blackadder's Christmas Carol, he played the roles of Lord Melchett and Lord Frondo. Between 1990 and 1993, Fry starred as Jeeves (alongside Hugh Laurie's Bertie Wooster) in Jeeves and Wooster, 23 hour-long adaptations of P. G. Wodehouse's novels and short stories.

Towards the end of 2003, Fry starred alongside John Bird in the television adaptation of Absolute Power, previously a radio series on BBC Radio 4. In 2010, Fry took part in a Christmas series of short films called Little Crackers. His short was based on a story from his childhood at school. He appeared as the Christian God in 2011's Holy Flying Circus. In January 2016, it was announced that Fry would be appearing as the character "Cuddly Dick" in Series 3 of the Sky One family comedy Yonderland. In 2016, Fry had a lead role in the American sitcom The Great Indoors. He portrayed an outdoor magazine publisher helping to ease his best worldly reporter (Joel McHale) into a desk job. The show was cancelled after one season.

He reprised his role as (a descendant of) Lord Melchett for The Big Night In, a 20 April 2020 telethon held during the COVID-19 pandemic, for a skit in which he held a video call with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, who made a surprise appearance.

Drama

Fry has appeared in a number of BBC adaptations of plays and books, including a 1992 adaptation of the Simon Gray play The Common Pursuit (he had previously appeared in the West End stage production); a 1998 Malcolm Bradbury adaptation of the Mark Tavener novel In the Red, taking the part of the Controller of BBC Radio 2; and in 2000 in the role of Professor Bellgrove in the BBC serial Gormenghast, which was adapted from the first two novels of Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast series. In 2011, Fry portrayed Professor Mildeye in the BBC adaptation of Mary Norton's 1952 novel The Borrowers.

Fry narrated the first two seasons of the English-language version of the Spanish children's animated series Pocoyo. From 2007 to 2009, Fry played the lead role in (and was executive producer for) the legal drama Kingdom, which ran for three series on ITV1. He has also taken up a recurring guest role as FBI psychiatrist Dr. (later chef) Gordon Wyatt in the popular American drama Bones. In 2010, having learned some Irish for the role, he filmed a cameo role in Ros na Rún, an Irish-language soap opera broadcast in Ireland, Scotland and the US. In 2014, he began starring alongside Kiefer Sutherland and William Devane in 24: Live Another Day as British Prime Minister Alastair Davies.

In November 2019, it was announced that Fry would guest star in "Spyfall", the two-part opening episode of Doctor Who's twelfth series, which was broadcast on New Year's Day 2020.

Documentaries

Fry's first documentary was the Emmy Award-winning Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive in 2006. The same year, he appeared on the BBC's genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?, tracing his maternal family tree to investigate his Jewish ancestry. Fry narrated The Story of Light Entertainment, which was shown from July–September 2006. In 2007, he presented a documentary on the subject of HIV and AIDS, HIV and Me.

On 7 May 2008, Fry gave a speech as part of a series of BBC lectures on the future of public service broadcasting in the United Kingdom, which he later recorded for a podcast. His six-part travel series Stephen Fry in America began on BBC One in October 2008, and saw him travel to each of the 50 US states. In the same year, he narrated the nature documentaries Spectacled Bears: Shadow of the Forest for the BBC Natural World series. In the 2009 television series Last Chance to See, Fry and zoologist Mark Carwardine sought out endangered species, some of which had been featured in Douglas Adams' and Carwardine's 1990 book and radio series of the same name.

In August 2011, Stephen Fry's 100 Greatest Gadgets was shown on Channel 4 as one of the 100 Greatest strand. His choice for the greatest gadget was the cigarette lighter, which he described as "fire with a flick of the fingers". In the same month, the nature documentary series Ocean Giants, narrated by Fry, premiered. In September 2011, Fry's Planet Word, a five-part documentary about language, aired on BBC HD and BBC Two. In November 2011, an episode of Living The Life featured Fry in an intimate conversation discussing his life and career with Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman.

At the 2012 Pride of Britain Awards shown on ITV on 30 October, Fry, along with Michael Caine, Elton John, Richard Branson and Simon Cowell, recited Rudyard Kipling's poem "If—" in tribute to the 2012 British Olympic and Paralympic athletes. In November 2012, Fry hosted a gadgets show called Gadget Man, exploring the usefulness of various gadgets in different daily situations to improve the livelihoods of everyone. In October 2013, Fry presented Stephen Fry: Out There, a two-part documentary in which he explores attitudes to homosexuality and the lives of gay people in different parts of the globe.

On Christmas Day 2013, Fry featured with adventurer Bear Grylls in an episode of Channel 4's Bear's Wild Weekends. Over the course of two days, in the Italian Dolomites, Fry travelled on the skids of a helicopter, climbed down a raging 500-foot waterfall, slept in a First World War trench and abseiled down a towering cliff face. In June 2015, Fry was the guest on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. His favourite piece was the String Quartet No. 14 by Beethoven. His book choice was Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot and his luxury item was "canvasses, easels, brushes, an instruction manual".

QI

Main article: QI

In 2003, Fry began hosting QI (Quite Interesting), a comedy panel game television quiz show. QI was created and co-produced by John Lloyd, and features permanent panellist Alan Davies. QI has the highest viewing figures for any show on BBC Four and Dave (formerly UKTV G2). In 2006, Fry won the Rose d'Or award for "Best Game Show Host" for his work on the series. In October 2015, it was announced that Fry would retire as the host of QI after the "M" series, and he was replaced by Sandi Toksvig.

Film

Having made his film début in the 1985 film The Good Father, Fry had a brief appearance in A Fish Called Wanda (in which he is knocked out by Kevin Kline, who is posing as an airport security man), and then appeared as the eponymous Peter in Kenneth Branagh's Peter's Friends in 1992. In the 1994 romantic comedy film I.Q., he played the role of James Moreland. Portraying his idol Oscar Wilde (of whom he had been an ardent admirer since the age of 13) in the 1997 film Wilde, he fulfilled to critical acclaim a role that he has said he was "born to play". It also earned him a nomination for Best Actor – Drama in the 1998 Golden Globe Award. In 1997, he also had a cameo in the Spice Girls film Spice World. A year later, Fry starred in David Yates' small independent film The Tichborne Claimant, and in 2001, he played the detective in Robert Altman's period costume drama, Gosford Park. In the same year, he also appeared in the Dutch film The Discovery of Heaven, directed by Jeroen Krabbé and based on the novel by Harry Mulisch.

In 2003, Fry made his directorial début with Bright Young Things, adapted by him from Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies. In 2001, he began hosting the BAFTA Film Awards, a role from which he stepped down in 2006. Later that same year, he wrote the English libretto and dialogue for Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of The Magic Flute.

Fry continues to make regular film appearances, notably in treatments of literary cult classics. He portrayed Maurice Woodruff in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, served as narrator in the 2005 film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and in 2005 appeared in both A Cock and Bull Story, based on Tristram Shandy, and V for Vendetta, as a closeted TV presenter who challenges the fascist state. The Wachowskis pointed out that it was Fry's "normalcy" in the face of the insanity of the censorship of BTV that makes his character truly powerful and adds a "wholly unexpected dimension to the film". In 2006, he played the role of gadget-master Smithers in Stormbreaker, and in 2007, he appeared as himself hosting a quiz in St Trinian's. In 2007, Fry wrote, for director Peter Jackson, a script for a remake of The Dam Busters. He also appeared that year in Eichmann.

Fry was offered a role in Valkyrie, but was unable to participate. Fry starred in the Tim Burton version of Alice in Wonderland, as the voice of the Cheshire Cat. He played Mycroft Holmes in the 2011 film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, directed by Guy Ritchie. He portrayed the Master of Lake-town in two of Peter Jackson's three film adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit: the second The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and the third The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Fry also starred in the 2018 heist comedy film The Con Is On, previously titled The Brits Are Coming.

Radio

Fry came to the attention of radio listeners with the 1986 creation of his alter-ego, Donald Trefusis, whose "wireless essays" were broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 programme Loose Ends. In the 1980s, he starred as David Lander in four series of the BBC Radio 4 show Delve Special, written by Tony Sarchet, which then became the six-part Channel 4 series This is David Lander in 1988. In 1988, Fry wrote and presented a six-part comedy series entitled Saturday Night Fry. Frequent radio appearances have ensued, notably on panel games Just a Minute and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. In 2000, he began starring as Charles Prentiss in the Radio 4 comedy Absolute Power, reprising the role for three further series on radio, and two on television. In 2002, Fry was one of the narrators of A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, in which he voiced Winnie-the-Pooh. He presented a 20-part, two-hour series, The Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music, a "witty guide" to the genre over the past 1,000 years, on Classic FM.

In 2007, he hosted Current Puns, an exploration of wordplay, and Radio 4: This Is Your Life, to celebrate the radio station's 40th anniversary. He also interviewed the Prime Minister Tony Blair as part of a series of podcasts released by 10 Downing Street. In February 2008, Fry began presenting podcasts entitled Stephen Fry's Podgrams, in which he recounts his life and recent experiences. In July 2008, he appeared as himself in I Love Stephen Fry, an Afternoon Play for Radio 4 written by former Fry and Laurie script editor Jon Canter.

Since August 2008, he has presented Fry's English Delight, a series on BBC Radio 4 about the English language. As of 2021, it has been running for ten series and 37 episodes. In the summer 2009 series of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Fry was one of a trio of hosts replacing Humphrey Lyttelton (the others being Jack Dee and Rob Brydon). In 2012, he appeared as a guest panellist in the BBC Radio 4 comedy panel show Wordaholics. In September 2012, he guest-starred as himself in the audio comedy drama We Are The BBC, produced by the Wireless Theatre Company, written by Susan Casanove.

Theatre

Fry wrote the play Latin! or Tobacco and Boys for the 1980 Edinburgh Festival, where it won the Fringe First prize. It had a revival in 2009 at London's Cock Tavern Theatre, directed by Adam Spreadbury-Maher. The Cellar Tapes, the Footlights Revue of 1981, won the Perrier Comedy Award. In 1984, Fry adapted the hugely successful 1930s musical Me and My Girl for the West End, where it ran for eight years. The show transferred to Broadway and Fry was nominated for a Tony Award for his adaptation.

Fry was cast in Simon Gray's The Common Pursuit for its first staging in London's West End on 7 April 1988, with Rik Mayall, John Sessions, Sarah Berger, Paul Mooney and John Gordon Sinclair, directed by Simon Gray. He was also cast in a lead role in Simon Gray's 1995 play Cell Mates, which he left three days into the West End run, pleading stage fright. He later recalled the incident as a hypomanic episode in his documentary about bipolar disorder, The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive. In 2007, Fry wrote a Christmas pantomime, Cinderella, which ran at London's Old Vic Theatre.

Fry is a long-standing fan of the anarchic British musical comedy group the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, and particularly of its eccentric front man, the late Vivian Stanshall. Fry helped to fund a 1988 London re-staging of Stanshall's Stinkfoot, a Comic Opera, written by Vivian and Ki Longfellow-Stanshall for the Bristol-based Old Profanity Showboat. Fry performed several of Stanshall's numbers as part of the Bonzos' 2006 reunion concert at the London Astoria. He also appeared as a shiny New Millennium Bonzo on their post-reunion album, Pour l'Amour des Chiens, on which he recited a recipe for "Salmon Proust", played a butler in "Hawkeye the Gnu", and voiced ads for the fictitious "Fiasco" stores. Following three one-man shows in Australia, Fry announced a 'sort of stand-up' performance at The Royal Albert Hall in London for September 2010.

In 2009, Fry provided the voice of St Peter for Liberace, Live From Heaven by Julian Woolford at London's Leicester Square Theatre. In September 2012, Fry made a return to the stage at Shakespeare's Globe, appearing as Malvolio in a production of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, which transferred to the West End in November 2012. He received excellent reviews. The production transferred to Broadway, with previews beginning 15 October 2013 and Opening Night 10 November 2013. Fry was nominated for a Tony in the category Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for the Broadway revival. In August 2013, he lent his voice to the title role in Britten's operetta Paul Bunyan at the Wales Millennium Centre with the Welsh National Youth Opera. In December 2013, Fry was invited by The Noel Coward Society to lay flowers on the statue of Sir Noël Coward at The Gershwin Theatre in Manhattan to celebrate the 114th birthday of "The Master".

In July 2014, Fry appeared on stage with Monty Python on the opening night of their live show Monty Python Live (Mostly). Fry was the special guest in their "Blackmail" sketch. From May to July 2018, Fry appeared in Mythos: A Trilogy, a stage version of his book Mythos, in the Shaw Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. This comprised a set of three one-man shows (titled Gods, Heroes and Men), each two hours in length, which were performed consecutively, multiple times during the show's run. The production received its European premiere in August 2019 at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Audiobooks

Fry has been the reader for the British versions of all of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series of audiobooks. He discussed this project in an interview with Rowling in 2005. He has also read for Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy film tie-in edition and has 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, Anthony Buckeridge, Eleanor Updale, and Alexander Pushkin. In June 2015, Fry backed children's fairy tale app GivingTales in aid of UNICEF together with other British celebrities Sir Roger Moore, Ewan McGregor, Dame Joan Collins, Joanna Lumley, Michael Caine, David Walliams, Charlotte Rampling, Paul McKenna and Michael Ball.

In 2015, Fry made a live audio recording of the winning short story of the annual RA & Pin Drop Short Story Award, Ms. Featherstone and the Beast by Bethan Roberts, at a ceremony held at Royal Academy of Arts in London.

In February 2017, Audible released Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, a complete collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, all read by Fry, who also narrated an introduction for each novel or collection of stories.

Fry is the patron of the audiobook charity Listening Books. Fry said of his patronage, "I’m proud and delighted to be patron of the first audiobook charity to offer downloads to its members and excited about what this will mean for all print impaired people who can now listen on-the-go."

In 2017, Fry also released his own audio book on Audible, titled Mythos, which he both wrote and narrated. In November 2018, Fry released a follow-up to Mythos, titled Heroes.

On 13 June 2020, it was announced that Fry would read JK Rowling's children's book, The Ickabog. He received criticism for narrating the book due to Rowling's views on transgender issues, as Fry has been an outspoken advocate for LGBT equality.

Video games

Fry's distinctive voice has been featured in a number of video games, including an appearance as Reaver, an amoral supporting character in Lionhead Studios games Fable II and Fable III, and as the narrator of the LittleBigPlanet series. He also narrated the first four Harry Potter games: Philosopher's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, and Goblet of Fire. He also narrates a section of Bungie's Destiny 2 expansion Warmind as the "Concierge"; an AI that, when interacted with at certain points, will give the player background information on Bray Exoscience.

Advertising

Fry has appeared in numerous advertisements – either on-screen or in voice-over – starting with an appearance as "Count Ivan Skavinsky Skavar" in a 1982 advert for Whitbread Best Bitter. Fry has said, in his memoirs, that after receiving his payment for this work – £25,000 – he has never subsequently experienced "what one could call serious money troubles". He has since appeared in adverts for products and companies such as Marks and Spencer, Twinings, Kenco, Vauxhall, Honda, Direct Line, Calpol, Heineken, Alliance & Leicester (a series of adverts which also featured Hugh Laurie), After Eight mints, Trebor, Panama cigars, Virgin Media, Orange Mobile,[citation needed] and Walkers potato crisps (fronting a new flavour). He filmed a 2016 advertisement where he explains the essence of British culture to foreigners arriving at London's Heathrow Airport.

Writing

Since the publication of his first novel, The Liar (1991), Fry has written three further novels, several non-fiction works and three volumes of autobiography. Making History (1996) is partly set in an alternative universe in which Adolf Hitler's father is made infertile and his replacement proves a more effective Führer. The book won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History. The Hippopotamus (1994) is about Edward (Ted/Tedward) Wallace and his stay at his old friend Lord Logan's country manor in Norfolk. The Hippopotamus was later adapted into a 2017 film. The Stars' Tennis Balls (2000) is a modern retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo. Fry's book The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within is a guide to writing poetry.

When writing a book review for Tatler, Fry wrote under a pen name, Williver Hendry, editor of A Most Peculiar Friendship: The Correspondence of Lord Alfred Douglas and Jack Dempsey, a field close to his heart as an Oscar Wilde enthusiast. Once a columnist in The Listener and The Daily Telegraph, he now writes a weekly technology column in the Saturday edition of The Guardian. His blog attracted more than 300,000 visitors in its first two weeks.

In May 2009, Fry unveiled The Dongle of Donald Trefusis, an audiobook series following Donald Trefusis (a fictional character from Fry's novel The Liar and from the BBC Radio 4 series Loose Ends), set over 12 episodes. After its release, it reached No. 1 on the UK Album Chart list. Ultimately however only three episodes were released, the rest with the note 'exact release date pending'. Fry's use of the word "luvvie" (spelled "lovie" by Fry), in The Guardian on 2 April 1988, is given by the Oxford English Dictionary as the earliest recorded use of the word as a humorous synonym for "actor".

Fry was, at one time, slated to adapt A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole for the big screen.

Twitter

In October 2008, Fry began posting to the social networking site Twitter, which he regularly updated. On 16 May 2009, he celebrated the 500,000-follower mark: "Bless my soul 500k followers. And I love you all. Well, all except that silly one. And that's not you."

Fry wields a considerable amount of influence through his use of Twitter. He is frequently asked to promote various charities and causes, often inadvertently causing their websites to crash because of the volume of traffic generated by his large number of followers; as Fry notes on his website: "Four thousand hits a second all diving down the pipeline at the same time for minutes on end." He uses his influence to recommend underexposed musicians and authors (who often see large increases in web hits and sales) and to raise awareness of contemporary issues in the world of media and politics, notably the dropping of an injunction against The Guardian and public anger over Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir's article on the death of Boyzone member Stephen Gately.

In November 2009, Fry's Twitter account reached one million followers. He commemorated the million-followers milestone with a humorous video blog in which a 'Step Hen Fry' clone speaks from the year 2034, where MySpace, Facebook and Twitter have combined to form 'Twit on MyFace'. In November 2010, he welcomed his two-millionth follower with a blog entry detailing his opinions and experiences of Twitter. On 11 March 2012, Fry noted his passing of the four-million-followers mark with a tweet: "Lordy I've breasted the 4 million followers tape. Love you all. Yes even YOU. But let's dedicate today to Douglas Adams's diamond jubilee". As of June 2021[update] he had 12.4 million followers.

Fry has a history of temporarily distancing himself from the social networking site which began when he received criticism in October 2009. However, he retracted the announcement that he would be leaving the following day. In October 2010, Fry left Twitter for a few days, with a farewell message of "Bye bye", following press criticism of a quote taken from an interview he had given. After returning, he explained that he had left Twitter to "avoid being sympathised with or told about an article" he "would otherwise never have got wind of". In some quarters, the general methods Fry uses on Twitter have been criticised. On 15 February 2016, Fry deleted his Twitter account, after receiving criticism for a tweet about Jenny Beavan and her dress. Fry alluded to this on an April 2016 episode of The Rubin Report in which he criticised groupthink mentality and stated that his return to Twitter was a "maybe". He returned to Twitter in August 2016.

Richard Dawkins and Fry in 2018

In 1995, Fry was presented with an honorary doctorate from the University of Dundee, which named their main Students' Association bar after his novel The Liar. Fry is a patron of its Lip Theatre Company. He also served two consecutive terms – 1992 to 1995 and 1995 to 1998 – as the student-elected Rector of the University of Dundee. He was awarded the AoC Gold Award in 2004, and was entered into their Hall of Fame. Fry was also awarded an honorary degree from Anglia Ruskin University in 2005.

He was made honorary president of the Cambridge University Quiz Society and honorary fellow of his alma mater Queens' College, Cambridge. On 13 July 2010, he was made an honorary fellow of Cardiff University, and on 28 January 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Sussex, for his work campaigning for people suffering from mental health problems, bipolar disorder and HIV. He is a Patron of the Norwich Playhouse theatre and a Vice-President of The Noël Coward Society. Fry was the last person to be named Pipe Smoker of the Year before the award was discontinued. In 2017, Fry became the latest patron of the Norwich Film Festival, and said he was "Very proud now to be a patron of a festival that encourages people from Norfolk, Norwich and beyond to be enchanted, beguiled and entranced by all kinds of film that might not otherwise reach them."

In December 2006, he was ranked sixth for the BBC's Top Living Icon Award, was featured on The Culture Show, and was voted Most Intelligent Man on Television by readers of Radio Times. The Independent on Sunday Pink List named Fry the second most influential gay person in Britain in May 2007; he had taken the twenty-third position on the list the previous year. Later the same month, he was announced as the 2007 Mind Champion of the Year, in recognition of the success of his documentary The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive in raising awareness of bipolar disorder. He was also nominated in "Best Entertainment Performance" for QI and "Best Factual Series" for Secret Life of the Manic Depressive at the British Academy Television Awards 2007. That same year, Broadcast magazine listed Fry at number four in its "Hot 100" list of influential on-screen performers, describing him as a polymath and a "national treasure". He was also granted a lifetime achievement award at the British Comedy Awards on 5 December 2007, and the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards on 20 January 2010.

BBC Four dedicated two nights of programming to Fry on 17 and 18 August 2007, in celebration of his 50th birthday. The first night, comprising programmes featuring Fry, began with a sixty-minute documentary entitled Stephen Fry: 50 Not Out. The second night was composed of programmes selected by Fry, as well as a 60-minute interview with Mark Lawson and a half-hour special, Stephen Fry: Guilty. The weekend programming proved such a ratings hit for BBC Four that it was repeated on BBC Two on 16 and 17 September 2007. In 2011, he was the subject of Molly Lewis's song An Open Letter to Stephen Fry, in which the singer jokingly offers herself as a surrogate mother for his child. In February 2011, Fry was awarded the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University, the Harvard Secular Society and the American Humanist Association.

In 2012, Fry wrote the foreword to the Union of UEA Students report on the student experience for LGBT+ members. As recognition of his public support for LGBT+ rights and for the Union's report, the Union of UEA Students awarded him, on 18 October 2012, Honorary Life Membership of the Union. In March 2014 Fry beat David Attenborough and Davina McCall to win the Best Presenter award at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards. The award was given for his BBC2 programme Stephen Fry: Out There. In an episode of QI, "M-Merriment", originally broadcast in December 2015, Fry was awarded membership of The Magic Circle.

In 2017, the bird louse Saepocephalum stephenfryii was named after him, in honour of his contributions to the popularization of science as host of QI.

In 2021, he was made a Commander of the Order of the Phoenix by Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou for his contribution in enhancing knowledge about Greece in the United Kingdom and reinforcing ties between the two countries.

Fry married comedian Elliott Spencer, who is 30 years his junior, in January 2015 in Dereham, Norfolk. He is friends with Prince Charles through his work with the Prince's Trust. He attended the Prince's wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005. He is also a friend of Rowan Atkinson and was best man at Atkinson's wedding to Sunetra Sastry at the Russian Tea Room in New York City. He was a friend of John Mills. His best friend is Hugh Laurie, whom he met while both were at Cambridge and with whom he has collaborated many times over the years. He was best man at Laurie's wedding and is godfather to all three of his children. He became a vegetarian in 2017, having earlier expressed a desire to become one.

A fan of cricket, Fry has stated that he is related to former England cricketer C. B. Fry, and was interviewed for the Ashes Fever DVD, reporting on England's victory over Australia in the 2005 Ashes series. Regarding football, he is a supporter of Norwich City FC, and is a regular visitor to their home ground at Carrow Road. He has been described as "deeply dippy for all things digital" and claims to have bought the third Macintosh computer sold in the UK (his friend Douglas Adams bought the first two). He jokes that he has never encountered a smartphone that he has not purchased. He counts Wikipedia among his favourite websites, "because I like to find out that I died, and that I'm currently in a ballet in China, and all the other very accurate and important things that Wikipedia brings us all."

Fry has a long-standing interest in Internet production, including having his own website since 1997. His current site, The New Adventures of Mr Stephen Fry, has existed since 2002 and has attracted many visitors following his first blog in September 2007, which comprised a 6,500-word "blessay" on smartphones. In February 2008, he launched his private podcast series, Stephen Fry's Podgrams (defunct), and a forum, including discussions on depression and activities in which he is involved. The website content is created by Fry and produced by Andrew Sampson. Fry's weekly gadget column Dork Talk appeared in The Guardian from November 2007 to October 2008. Fry is also a supporter of GNU and the Free Software Foundation. For the 25th anniversary of the GNU operating system, Fry appeared in a video explaining some of the philosophy behind GNU by likening it to the sharing found in science. When in London, he drives a dark green TX4 London cab. This vehicle has been featured in Fry's production Stephen Fry in America. On 16 April 2018, Fry released the first episode of a new podcast "Stephen Fry's 7 Deadly Sins" available on his website and other podcasting platforms The first episode of the second series was released on 13 January 2020 and continued to be released over the course of nine weeks.

Sexuality

Stephen Fry with Stonewall marchers at WorldPride 2012 in London

Fry struggled to keep his homosexuality secret during his teenage years at public school, and by his own account did not engage in sexual activity for 16 years until the mid-1990s. When asked when he first acknowledged his sexuality, Fry quipped: "I suppose it all began when I came out of the womb. I looked back up at my mother and thought to myself, 'That's the last time I'm going up one of those'." Fry was in a 15-year relationship with Daniel Cohen, which ended in 2010. Fry was listed number 2 in 2016 and number 12 in 2017 on the Pride Power list.

On 6 January 2015, British tabloid The Sun reported that Fry would marry his partner, comedian Elliott Spencer. Fry wrote on Twitter: "It looks as though a certain cat is out of a certain bag. I'm very very happy of course but had hoped for a private wedding. Fat chance!" Eleven days after the news story, Fry married Spencer on 17 January at Dereham in Norfolk.

Politics

Fry was an active supporter of the Labour Party for many years and appeared in a party political broadcast on its behalf with Hugh Laurie and Michelle Collins in November 1993. He did not vote in the 2005 general election because of the stance of both the Labour and Conservative parties with regard to the Iraq War. Despite his praise of the Blair/Brown government's work on social reform, Fry was an outspoken critic of the Labour Party's Third Way concept. Fry appeared in campaign literature to support changing the British electoral system from first-past-the-post to alternative vote for electing members of parliament to the House of Commons in the Alternative Vote referendum of 2011.

On 30 April 2008, Fry signed an open letter, published in The Guardian newspaper by a number of Jewish personalities, stating their opposition to celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. Furthermore, he is a signatory member of the British Jews for Justice for Palestinians organisation, which campaigns for Palestinian rights. Fry was among over 100 signatories to a statement published by Sense About Science on 4 June 2009, condemning British libel laws and their use to "severely curtail the right to free speech on a matter of public interest".

In August 2013, Fry published an "Open Letter to David Cameron and the IOC" calling for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, due to concerns over the state-sanctioned persecution of LGBT people in Russia. Cameron stated on Twitter he believed "we can better challenge prejudice as we attend, rather than boycotting the Winter Olympics". Fry said in 2015 that the Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre "has done more to damage the Britain I love than any single person".

In March 2014, Fry publicly backed "Hacked Off" and its campaign towards press self-regulation by "safeguarding the press from political interference while also giving vital protection to the vulnerable."

On 18 May 2018, Fry participated in the semi-annual Munk Debates in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he argued against political correctness on the Con side of the topic "Be it resolved, what you call political correctness, I call progress..." alongside Jordan Peterson, and in opposition to Pro side represented by Michelle Goldberg and Michael Eric Dyson. During the debate, Fry paraphrased a famous sentence from the 1923 essay I Am Afraid, in which Old Bolshevik-turned-Soviet dissident Yevgeny Zamyatin denounced censorship in the Soviet Union. The original sentence reads, "True literature can exist only when it is created, not by diligent and reliable officials, but by madmen, hermits, heretics, dreamers, rebels and skeptics." Fry's rendering, however, reads, "Progress is not achieved by preachers and guardians of morality, but by madmen, hermits, heretics, dreamers, rebels, and sceptics."

On 1 February 2021, Fry supported the petition of two Holocaust survivors, Dorit Oliver-Wolff and Ruth Barnett who were asking to meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson regarding the 'genocide amendment' to the trade bill; an amendment that would allow an independent parliamentary judicial committee to examine evidence of genocide. In a tweet, Fry highlighted the plight of the Uyghurs.

Poland controversy

On 6 October 2009, Fry was interviewed by Jon Snow on Channel 4 News as a signatory of a letter to British Conservative Party leader David Cameron expressing concern about the party forming a political alliance with the right-wing Polish Law and Justice party in the European Parliament. During the interview, he stated:

There has been a history, let's face it, in Poland of a right-wing Catholicism which has been deeply disturbing for those of us who know a little history, and remember which side of the border Auschwitz was on and know the stories, and know much of the anti-semitic, and homophobic and nationalistic elements in countries like Poland.

The remark prompted a complaint from the Polish Embassy in London, an editorial in The Economist and criticism from British Jewish historian David Cesarani. Fry has since posted an apology in a six-page post on his personal blog, in which he apologised for his remarks, stating that "I didn't even really at the time notice the import of what I had said, so gave myself no opportunity instantly to retract the statement. It was a rubbishy, cheap and offensive remark that I have been regretting ever since. I take this opportunity to apologise now." and "It detracted from and devalued my argument, such as it was, and it outraged and offended a large group of people for no very good reason."

Health

Fry has bipolar disorder. His first diagnosis was cyclothymia, which he refers to as "bipolar lite". Fry has spoken publicly about his experience with bipolar disorder, which was depicted in the documentary Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive. In the programme, he interviewed other sufferers of the illness including Robbie Williams, Carrie Fisher, Richard Dreyfuss and Tony Slattery. He is involved with the mental health charity Stand to Reason and is president of Mind. In 2013, he revealed that, in the previous year, he had started taking medication for the first time, in an attempt to control his condition. In 2018, alongside Nadiya Hussain and Olly Alexander, Fry was part of Sport Relief's attempt to raise awareness of mental health.

In 1995, while appearing in the West End Cell Mates, Fry had a nervous breakdown and walked out of the production, causing its early closure and incurring the displeasure of co-star Rik Mayall and playwright Simon Gray. Fry went missing for several days and contemplated suicide. He later said that he would have killed himself if he had not had "the option of disappearing". He abandoned the idea and left the United Kingdom by ferry, eventually resurfacing in Belgium. Fry has attempted suicide on a number of occasions, most recently in 2012. In an interview with Richard Herring in 2013, Fry revealed that he had attempted suicide the previous year while filming abroad. He said that he took a "huge number of pills and a huge [amount] of vodka" and had to be brought back to the UK to be "looked after".

In January 2008 Fry broke his arm while filming Last Chance to See in Brazil. While climbing aboard a boat, he slipped between it and the dock, and, stopping himself from falling into the water, his body weight snapped his right humerus. The resulting vulnerability to his radial nerve – which affects use of the arm – was not diagnosed until he saw a consultant in the UK.

Appearing on the BBC's Top Gear in 2009, Fry had lost a significant amount of weight, and explained that he had shed a total of 6 stone (84 lb; 38 kg). He attributed the weight loss to walking while listening to audiobooks. Fry is between 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) and 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) in height. Fry has stated that he is allergic to champagne and bumble bee stings. Fry also has prosopagnosia ("face blindness").

In February 2018, Fry announced that he was recovering from an operation to treat prostate cancer, involving the removal of the prostate and 11 adjacent lymph nodes. He described the cancer as aggressive and said that early intervention had saved his life.

Views on religion

Fry has repeatedly expressed opposition to organised religion, and has identified himself as an atheist and humanist, while declaring some sympathy for the ancient Greek belief in capricious gods. In his first autobiography he described how he once considered ordination to the Anglican priesthood, but came to the conclusion that he "couldn't believe in God, because [he] was fundamentally Hellenic in [his] outlook." He has stated that religion can have positive effects: "Sometimes belief means credulity, sometimes an expression of faith and hope which even the most sceptical atheist such as myself cannot but find inspiring." Fry claims to have been expelled from Salt Lake City, Utah, because of a joke made about doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In 2009, The Guardian published a letter from Fry addressing his younger self, explaining how his future is soon to unfold, reflecting on the positive progression towards gay acceptance and openness around him, and yet not everywhere, while warning on how "the cruel, hypocritical and loveless hand of religion and absolutism has fallen on the world once more." Later that year, he and Christopher Hitchens participated in an "Intelligence Squared" debate in which they argued against Ann Widdecombe and Archbishop John Onaiyekan, who supported the view that the Catholic Church was a force for good. Fry and Hitchens argued that the church did more harm than good, and were declared the victors after an audience vote. Fry attacked the Catholic Church's teachings on sexuality and denounced its wealth.

In 2010, Fry was made a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association, stating: "it is essential to nail one's colours to the mast as a humanist." Later that year, Fry joined 54 other public figures in signing an open letter published in The Guardian stating their opposition to Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United Kingdom being a state visit. On 22 February 2011, Fry was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University.

When interviewed in 2015 by veteran Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne, Fry was asked what he would say if he came face-to-face with God. Fry said: "Bone cancer in children, what's that about? How dare you? How dare you create a world where there is such misery that's not our fault? It's utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?" Within days, the video was viewed over five million times. Fry later stated he did not refer to any specific religion, and said: "I said quite a few things that were angry at this supposed God. I was merely saying things that Bertrand Russell and many finer heads of the mind have said for many thousands of years, going all the way back to the Greeks." "Because the God who created this universe, if it was created by God, is quite clearly a maniac, utter maniac." In May 2017 it was announced that Fry, along with broadcaster RTÉ, were under criminal investigation for blasphemy under the 2009 Defamation Act, following a complaint from a member of the public about the broadcast: the case was dropped after Gardaí confirmed that they had not been able to locate a sufficient number of offended people. The following year, in 2018, the article on blasphemy was removed from the Irish Constitution following a referendum.

Football

In August 2010, Fry joined the board of directors at Norwich City Football Club. A lifelong fan of "the Canaries" and a regular visitor to Carrow Road, he said, on being appointed, "Truly this is one of the most exciting days of my life, and I am as proud and pleased as I could be." Fry stepped down from his Board position in January 2016, to take up a new position as "Norwich City Ambassador". Fry said, "My five years in the role have been an honour and a privilege beyond almost anything I can remember. I wish I could take credit for ushering the club up from League One to the Premiership during that time on the Board. Actually, I'm going to. It was all me. It can't have been a coincidence ... But now I'm so happy to relinquish my seat on the board to Thomas Smith and to engage as fully as I can in the role of ambassador for Norwich City." In February 2014, Fry became the honorary president of Proud Canaries, a new club for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender fans.

Business

In 2008, Fry formed SamFry Ltd, with long-term collaborator Andrew Sampson to produce and fund new material and manage his official website. Fry is the co-owner, with Gina Carter and Sandi Toksvig, of Sprout Pictures, an independent film and television company.

Charity

In 2008, he appeared in a film made by the Free Software Foundation to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the GNU Project to create a completely free operating system. In the film, Fry explains the principles of software freedom central to the development of the Linux and GNU software projects.

Fry is a supporter of nature and wildlife conservation. He has been the President of the Great Fen Project since 2006 and Vice-president of international NGO Fauna and Flora International since 2009. Fry has also expressed support for action on climate change and activist group Extinction Rebellion, and has criticized climate change denial.

In April 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Fry appeared in a sketch alongside Prince William for a charity show titled The Big Night In on BBC One. In the lighthearted sketch, Fry reprises his Blackadder character Lord Melchett, who is on a Zoom call with the Duke of Cambridge as they talk about television shows such as EastEnders and Tiger King as well as homeschooling. The sketch had been put together by Comic Relief and Children in Need to raise money and keep people entertained during the lockdown.

As author

Fiction
Non-fiction
Autobiography
Scripts from A Bit of Fry and Laurie

Audio books

  • Fry, Stephen, (2009). Short Stories by Anton Chekhov (Stephen Fry Presents). ISBN 978-0007316373
  • Fry, Stephen (2017). Fry's English Delight. Audible Studios. ISBN 978-1536635058.
  • Fry, Stephen, 2017. "Eugene Onegin Alexander Pushkin Audiobook" (Stephen Fry Reads James E. Fallen, trans. Eugene Onegin)

As contributor

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Stephen Fry Language Watch Edit For other people named Stephen Fry see Stephen Fry disambiguation Stephen John Fry born 24 August 1957 is an English actor broadcaster comedian director and writer He first came to prominence in the 1980s as one half of the comic double act Fry and Laurie alongside Hugh Laurie with the two starring in A Bit of Fry amp Laurie 1989 1995 and Jeeves and Wooster 1990 1993 He also starred in the sketch series Alfresco 1983 1984 alongside Laurie Emma Thompson and Robbie Coltrane and in Blackadder 1986 1999 alongside Rowan Atkinson Since 2011 he has served as president of the mental health charity Mind 1 Stephen FryFry in 2016BornStephen John Fry 1957 08 24 24 August 1957 age 64 London EnglandAlma materQueens College CambridgeOccupationActorbroadcastercomediandirectorwriterYears active1981 presentSpouse s Elliott Spencer m 2015 wbr Stephen Fry s voice 0 09 source source source track track track track Recorded January 2014Websitestephenfry wbr comSignature Fry s film acting roles include playing his idol Oscar Wilde in the film Wilde 1997 for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Inspector Thompson in Robert Altman s murder mystery Gosford Park 2001 and Mr Johnson in Whit Stillman s Love amp Friendship 2016 He has also made appearances in the films Chariots of Fire 1981 A Fish Called Wanda 1988 The Life and Death of Peter Sellers 2004 V for Vendetta 2005 Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows 2011 and The Hobbit film series His television roles include Lord Melchett in the BBC television comedy series Blackadder and the title character in the television series Kingdom and Absolute Power as well as a recurring guest role as Dr Gordon Wyatt on the American crime series Bones He has also written and presented several documentary series including the Emmy Award winning Stephen Fry The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive which saw him explore his bipolar disorder and the travel series Stephen Fry in America He was the longtime host of the BBC television quiz show QI with his tenure lasting from 2003 to 2016 during which he was nominated for six British Academy Television Awards He appears frequently on other panel games such as Just a Minute and I m Sorry I Haven t a Clue 2 3 4 Besides working in television Fry has been a prolific writer contributing to newspapers and magazines and having written four novels and three autobiographies Moab Is My Washpot The Fry Chronicles and More Fool Me He is also known for his voice over work he read all seven of the Harry Potter novels for the UK audiobook recordings 5 narrated the video game series LittleBigPlanet and Birds of Steel lent his voice to an animated series of explanations of the laws of cricket 6 and narrated a series of animations about humanism for Humanists UK 7 Contents 1 Early life 2 Career 2 1 Comedy 2 2 Drama 2 3 Documentaries 2 4 QI 2 5 Film 2 6 Radio 2 7 Theatre 2 8 Audiobooks 2 9 Video games 2 10 Advertising 2 11 Writing 2 12 Twitter 3 Filmography 4 Awards and honours 5 Personal life 5 1 Sexuality 5 2 Politics 5 3 Poland controversy 5 4 Health 5 5 Views on religion 5 6 Football 5 7 Business 5 8 Charity 6 Bibliography 6 1 As author 6 2 Audio books 6 3 As contributor 6 4 Forewords 7 References 8 External linksEarly life Edit Fry at rehearsals for student production of A Midsummer Night s Dream at Norfolk College of Arts and Technology 1975 Stephen John Fry was born on 24 August 1957 in the Hampstead area of London 8 the son of Marianne Eve Fry nee Neumann and physicist and inventor Alan John Fry 1930 2019 9 10 11 12 He has an older brother Roger and a younger sister Joanna 13 His paternal grandmother had roots in Cheshire and Kent 14 15 The Fry family originates around the Shillingstone and Blandford areas of Dorset in the early 1800s Samuel Fry settled in Surrey with his descendants residing in Middlesex 16 In his autobiographical writings and elsewhere Fry has claimed relationship to the Fry family that founded the eponymous chocolate company John Fry one of the signatories to the death warrant for Charles I 17 18 19 20 and the cricketer C B Fry 21 22 Fry s mother is Jewish but he was not brought up in a religious family 23 His maternal grandparents Martin and Rosa Neumann 12 were Hungarian Jews who emigrated from Surany now in Slovakia to the UK in 1927 Rosa s parents who originally lived in Vienna were sent to a concentration camp in Riga where they were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust 12 23 24 His mother s aunt and cousins were sent to Auschwitz and Stutthof and never seen again 12 Fry grew up in the village of Booton Norfolk having moved at an early age from Chesham Buckinghamshire where he had attended Chesham Preparatory School He briefly attended Cawston Primary School in Cawston Norfolk 25 before going on to Stouts Hill Preparatory School in Uley Gloucestershire at the age of seven and then to Uppingham School in Rutland where he joined Fircroft house and was described as a near asthmatic genius 26 He took his O Levels in 1972 at the age of 14 and passed all except physics 27 but was expelled from Uppingham half a term into the sixth form 28 He was later dismissed from Paston School a grant maintained grammar school that refused to let him progress to study A Levels Fry moved to Norfolk College of Arts and Technology where after two years in the sixth form studying English French and History of Art 29 he ultimately failed his A Levels not turning up for his English and French papers 30 Over the summer Fry absconded with a credit card stolen from a family friend 31 He had taken a coat when leaving a pub planning to spend the night sleeping rough but had then discovered the card in a pocket 32 He was arrested in Swindon and as a result spent three months in Pucklechurch Prison on remand Following his release he resumed his education at City College Norwich promising administrators that he would study rigorously and sit the Cambridge entrance exams In the summer of 1977 he passed two A Levels in English and French with grades of A and B He also received a grade A in an alternative O Level in the Study of Art 33 and scored a distinction in an S Level paper in English Having successfully passed the entrance exams in autumn 1977 Fry was offered a scholarship to Queens College Cambridge for matriculation in autumn 1978 briefly teaching at Cundall Manor 34 a preparatory school in North Yorkshire before taking his place 35 At Cambridge he joined the Footlights appeared on University Challenge 36 and read for a degree in English Literature graduating with upper second class honours 37 38 Fry also met his future comedy collaborator Hugh Laurie at Cambridge and starred alongside him in the Footlights Career EditComedy Edit Fry signing autographs at the Apple Store Regent Street London on 3 February 2009 Fry s career in television began with the 1982 broadcasting of The Cellar Tapes the 1981 Cambridge Footlights Revue 39 which was written by Fry Hugh Laurie Emma Thompson and Tony Slattery The revue caught the attention of Granada Television who keen to replicate the success of the BBC s Not the Nine O Clock News hired Fry Laurie and Thompson to star alongside Ben Elton in There s Nothing to Worry About A second series retitled Alfresco was broadcast in 1983 and a third in 1984 it established Fry and Laurie s reputation as a comedy double act In 1983 the BBC offered Fry Laurie and Thompson their own show which became The Crystal Cube a mixture of science fiction and mockumentary that was cancelled after the first episode Undeterred Fry and Laurie appeared in an episode of The Young Ones in 1984 and Fry also appeared in Ben Elton s 1985 Happy Families series In April 1986 Fry was among the British comedians who appeared in the first live telethon Comic Relief 40 In 1986 and 1987 Fry and Laurie performed sketches on the LWT Channel 4 show Saturday Live In 1986 the BBC commissioned a sketch show that was to become A Bit of Fry amp Laurie Following a 1987 pilot the programme ran for 26 episodes across four series between 1989 and 1995 During this time Fry starred in Blackadder II as Lord Melchett made a guest appearance in Blackadder the Third as the Duke of Wellington then returned to a starring role in Blackadder Goes Forth as General Melchett In a 1988 television special Blackadder s Christmas Carol he played the roles of Lord Melchett and Lord Frondo Between 1990 and 1993 Fry starred as Jeeves alongside Hugh Laurie s Bertie Wooster in Jeeves and Wooster 23 hour long adaptations of P G Wodehouse s novels and short stories 41 Towards the end of 2003 Fry starred alongside John Bird in the television adaptation of Absolute Power previously a radio series on BBC Radio 4 In 2010 Fry took part in a Christmas series of short films called Little Crackers His short was based on a story from his childhood at school 42 He appeared as the Christian God in 2011 s Holy Flying Circus In January 2016 it was announced that Fry would be appearing as the character Cuddly Dick in Series 3 of the Sky One family comedy Yonderland 43 In 2016 Fry had a lead role in the American sitcom The Great Indoors He portrayed an outdoor magazine publisher helping to ease his best worldly reporter Joel McHale into a desk job 44 The show was cancelled after one season 45 He reprised his role as a descendant of Lord Melchett for The Big Night In a 20 April 2020 telethon held during the COVID 19 pandemic for a skit in which he held a video call with Prince William Duke of Cambridge who made a surprise appearance 46 47 Drama Edit Fry has appeared in a number of BBC adaptations of plays and books including a 1992 adaptation of the Simon Gray play The Common Pursuit he had previously appeared in the West End stage production a 1998 Malcolm Bradbury adaptation of the Mark Tavener novel In the Red taking the part of the Controller of BBC Radio 2 and in 2000 in the role of Professor Bellgrove in the BBC serial Gormenghast which was adapted from the first two novels of Mervyn Peake s Gormenghast series In 2011 Fry portrayed Professor Mildeye in the BBC adaptation of Mary Norton s 1952 novel The Borrowers 48 Fry narrated the first two seasons of the English language version of the Spanish children s animated series Pocoyo 49 50 From 2007 to 2009 Fry played the lead role in and was executive producer for the legal drama Kingdom which ran for three series on ITV1 51 He has also taken up a recurring guest role as FBI psychiatrist Dr later chef Gordon Wyatt in the popular American drama Bones In 2010 having learned some Irish for the role 52 he filmed a cameo role in Ros na Run an Irish language soap opera broadcast in Ireland Scotland and the US 53 54 55 In 2014 he began starring alongside Kiefer Sutherland and William Devane in 24 Live Another Day as British Prime Minister Alastair Davies 56 In November 2019 it was announced that Fry would guest star in Spyfall the two part opening episode of Doctor Who s twelfth series which was broadcast on New Year s Day 2020 57 58 Documentaries Edit Fry s first documentary was the Emmy Award winning Stephen Fry The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive in 2006 59 The same year he appeared on the BBC s genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are tracing his maternal family tree to investigate his Jewish ancestry 60 Fry narrated The Story of Light Entertainment which was shown from July September 2006 61 In 2007 he presented a documentary on the subject of HIV and AIDS HIV and Me 62 On 7 May 2008 Fry gave a speech as part of a series of BBC lectures on the future of public service broadcasting in the United Kingdom 63 which he later recorded for a podcast 64 His six part travel series Stephen Fry in America began on BBC One in October 2008 and saw him travel to each of the 50 US states 65 In the same year he narrated the nature documentaries Spectacled Bears Shadow of the Forest for the BBC Natural World series In the 2009 television series Last Chance to See Fry and zoologist Mark Carwardine sought out endangered species some of which had been featured in Douglas Adams and Carwardine s 1990 book and radio series of the same name 66 In August 2011 Stephen Fry s 100 Greatest Gadgets was shown on Channel 4 as one of the 100 Greatest strand 67 His choice for the greatest gadget was the cigarette lighter which he described as fire with a flick of the fingers 67 In the same month the nature documentary series Ocean Giants narrated by Fry premiered In September 2011 Fry s Planet Word a five part documentary about language aired on BBC HD and BBC Two 68 69 In November 2011 an episode of Living The Life featured Fry in an intimate conversation discussing his life and career with Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman 70 At the 2012 Pride of Britain Awards shown on ITV on 30 October Fry along with Michael Caine Elton John Richard Branson and Simon Cowell recited Rudyard Kipling s poem If in tribute to the 2012 British Olympic and Paralympic athletes 71 In November 2012 Fry hosted a gadgets show called Gadget Man exploring the usefulness of various gadgets in different daily situations to improve the livelihoods of everyone 72 In October 2013 Fry presented Stephen Fry Out There a two part documentary in which he explores attitudes to homosexuality and the lives of gay people in different parts of the globe 73 On Christmas Day 2013 Fry featured with adventurer Bear Grylls in an episode of Channel 4 s Bear s Wild Weekends Over the course of two days in the Italian Dolomites Fry travelled on the skids of a helicopter climbed down a raging 500 foot waterfall slept in a First World War trench and abseiled down a towering cliff face 32 In June 2015 Fry was the guest on BBC Radio 4 s Desert Island Discs His favourite piece was the String Quartet No 14 by Beethoven His book choice was Four Quartets by T S Eliot and his luxury item was canvasses easels brushes an instruction manual 74 QI Edit Main article QI In 2003 Fry began hosting QI Quite Interesting a comedy panel game television quiz show QI was created and co produced by John Lloyd and features permanent panellist Alan Davies QI has the highest viewing figures for any show on BBC Four and Dave formerly UKTV G2 75 76 In 2006 Fry won the Rose d Or award for Best Game Show Host for his work on the series In October 2015 it was announced that Fry would retire as the host of QI after the M series and he was replaced by Sandi Toksvig 77 Film Edit Having made his film debut in the 1985 film The Good Father Fry had a brief appearance in A Fish Called Wanda in which he is knocked out by Kevin Kline who is posing as an airport security man and then appeared as the eponymous Peter in Kenneth Branagh s Peter s Friends in 1992 In the 1994 romantic comedy film I Q he played the role of James Moreland Portraying his idol Oscar Wilde of whom he had been an ardent admirer since the age of 13 in the 1997 film Wilde he fulfilled to critical acclaim a role that he has said he was born to play 78 It also earned him a nomination for Best Actor Drama in the 1998 Golden Globe Award In 1997 he also had a cameo in the Spice Girls film Spice World 79 A year later Fry starred in David Yates small independent film The Tichborne Claimant and in 2001 he played the detective in Robert Altman s period costume drama Gosford Park In the same year he also appeared in the Dutch film The Discovery of Heaven directed by Jeroen Krabbe and based on the novel by Harry Mulisch In 2003 Fry made his directorial debut with Bright Young Things adapted by him from Evelyn Waugh s Vile Bodies In 2001 he began hosting the BAFTA Film Awards a role from which he stepped down in 2006 80 Later that same year he wrote the English libretto and dialogue for Kenneth Branagh s film adaptation of The Magic Flute 81 Fry continues to make regular film appearances notably in treatments of literary cult classics He portrayed Maurice Woodruff in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers served as narrator in the 2005 film version of The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy and in 2005 appeared in both A Cock and Bull Story based on Tristram Shandy and V for Vendetta as a closeted TV presenter who challenges the fascist state The Wachowskis pointed out that it was Fry s normalcy in the face of the insanity of the censorship of BTV that makes his character truly powerful and adds a wholly unexpected dimension to the film 82 In 2006 he played the role of gadget master Smithers in Stormbreaker and in 2007 he appeared as himself hosting a quiz in St Trinian s In 2007 Fry wrote for director Peter Jackson a script for a remake of The Dam Busters 83 He also appeared that year in Eichmann Fry was offered a role in Valkyrie but was unable to participate 84 Fry starred in the Tim Burton version of Alice in Wonderland as the voice of the Cheshire Cat 85 He played Mycroft Holmes in the 2011 film Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows directed by Guy Ritchie 86 He portrayed the Master of Lake town in two of Peter Jackson s three film adaptation of J R R Tolkien s The Hobbit the second The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug 87 and the third The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies Fry also starred in the 2018 heist comedy film The Con Is On previously titled The Brits Are Coming 88 Radio Edit Fry came to the attention of radio listeners with the 1986 creation of his alter ego Donald Trefusis whose wireless essays were broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 programme Loose Ends In the 1980s he starred as David Lander in four series of the BBC Radio 4 show Delve Special written by Tony Sarchet which then became the six part Channel 4 series This is David Lander in 1988 In 1988 Fry wrote and presented a six part comedy series entitled Saturday Night Fry Frequent radio appearances have ensued notably on panel games Just a Minute and I m Sorry I Haven t a Clue In 2000 he began starring as Charles Prentiss in the Radio 4 comedy Absolute Power reprising the role for three further series on radio and two on television In 2002 Fry was one of the narrators of A A Milne s Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner in which he voiced Winnie the Pooh He presented a 20 part two hour series The Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music a witty guide to the genre over the past 1 000 years on Classic FM In 2007 he hosted Current Puns an exploration of wordplay and Radio 4 This Is Your Life to celebrate the radio station s 40th anniversary He also interviewed the Prime Minister Tony Blair as part of a series of podcasts released by 10 Downing Street 89 In February 2008 Fry began presenting podcasts entitled Stephen Fry s Podgrams in which he recounts his life and recent experiences 90 In July 2008 he appeared as himself in I Love Stephen Fry an Afternoon Play for Radio 4 written by former Fry and Laurie script editor Jon Canter 91 Since August 2008 he has presented Fry s English Delight a series on BBC Radio 4 about the English language 92 As of 2021 it has been running for ten series and 37 episodes In the summer 2009 series of I m Sorry I Haven t a Clue Fry was one of a trio of hosts replacing Humphrey Lyttelton the others being Jack Dee and Rob Brydon 93 In 2012 he appeared as a guest panellist in the BBC Radio 4 comedy panel show Wordaholics 94 In September 2012 he guest starred as himself in the audio comedy drama We Are The BBC produced by the Wireless Theatre Company written by Susan Casanove 95 Theatre Edit Fry wrote the play Latin or Tobacco and Boys for the 1980 Edinburgh Festival where it won the Fringe First prize 96 It had a revival in 2009 at London s Cock Tavern Theatre directed by Adam Spreadbury Maher 97 The Cellar Tapes the Footlights Revue of 1981 won the Perrier Comedy Award In 1984 Fry adapted the hugely successful 1930s musical Me and My Girl for the West End where it ran for eight years The show transferred to Broadway and Fry was nominated for a Tony Award for his adaptation 98 Fry was cast in Simon Gray s The Common Pursuit for its first staging in London s West End on 7 April 1988 with Rik Mayall John Sessions Sarah Berger Paul Mooney and John Gordon Sinclair directed by Simon Gray 99 He was also cast in a lead role in Simon Gray s 1995 play Cell Mates which he left three days into the West End run pleading stage fright He later recalled the incident as a hypomanic episode in his documentary about bipolar disorder The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive In 2007 Fry wrote a Christmas pantomime Cinderella which ran at London s Old Vic Theatre 100 Fry is a long standing fan of the anarchic British musical comedy group the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and particularly of its eccentric front man the late Vivian Stanshall Fry helped to fund a 1988 London re staging of Stanshall s Stinkfoot a Comic Opera written by Vivian and Ki Longfellow Stanshall for the Bristol based Old Profanity Showboat Fry performed several of Stanshall s numbers as part of the Bonzos 2006 reunion concert at the London Astoria He also appeared as a shiny New Millennium Bonzo on their post reunion album Pour l Amour des Chiens on which he recited a recipe for Salmon Proust played a butler in Hawkeye the Gnu and voiced ads for the fictitious Fiasco stores Following three one man shows in Australia Fry announced a sort of stand up performance at The Royal Albert Hall in London for September 2010 101 In 2009 Fry provided the voice of St Peter for Liberace Live From Heaven by Julian Woolford at London s Leicester Square Theatre In September 2012 Fry made a return to the stage at Shakespeare s Globe appearing as Malvolio in a production of William Shakespeare s Twelfth Night which transferred to the West End in November 2012 102 103 He received excellent reviews 102 103 The production transferred to Broadway with previews beginning 15 October 2013 and Opening Night 10 November 2013 Fry was nominated for a Tony in the category Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for the Broadway revival 104 105 In August 2013 he lent his voice to the title role in Britten s operetta Paul Bunyan at the Wales Millennium Centre with the Welsh National Youth Opera 106 In December 2013 Fry was invited by The Noel Coward Society to lay flowers on the statue of Sir Noel Coward at The Gershwin Theatre in Manhattan to celebrate the 114th birthday of The Master In July 2014 Fry appeared on stage with Monty Python on the opening night of their live show Monty Python Live Mostly Fry was the special guest in their Blackmail sketch 107 From May to July 2018 Fry appeared in Mythos A Trilogy a stage version of his book Mythos in the Shaw Festival Theatre in Niagara on the Lake Ontario This comprised a set of three one man shows titled Gods Heroes and Men each two hours in length which were performed consecutively multiple times during the show s run 108 The production received its European premiere in August 2019 at the Edinburgh International Festival 109 Audiobooks Edit Fry has been the reader for the British versions of all of J K Rowling s Harry Potter series of audiobooks He discussed this project in an interview with Rowling in 2005 110 He has also read for Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy film tie in edition and has 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 Anthony Buckeridge Eleanor Updale and Alexander Pushkin In June 2015 Fry backed children s fairy tale app GivingTales in aid of UNICEF together with other British celebrities Sir Roger Moore Ewan McGregor Dame Joan Collins Joanna Lumley Michael Caine David Walliams Charlotte Rampling Paul McKenna and Michael Ball 111 In 2015 Fry made a live audio recording of the winning short story of the annual RA amp Pin Drop Short Story Award Ms Featherstone and the Beast by Bethan Roberts at a ceremony held at Royal Academy of Arts in London 112 In February 2017 Audible released Sherlock Holmes The Definitive Collection a complete collection of Sherlock Holmes stories all read by Fry who also narrated an introduction for each novel or collection of stories Fry is the patron of the audiobook charity Listening Books 113 Fry said of his patronage I m proud and delighted to be patron of the first audiobook charity to offer downloads to its members and excited about what this will mean for all print impaired people who can now listen on the go 113 In 2017 Fry also released his own audio book on Audible titled Mythos 114 which he both wrote and narrated In November 2018 Fry released a follow up to Mythos titled Heroes 115 On 13 June 2020 it was announced that Fry would read JK Rowling s children s book The Ickabog 116 He received criticism for narrating the book due to Rowling s views on transgender issues as Fry has been an outspoken advocate for LGBT equality 117 Video games Edit Fry s distinctive voice has been featured in a number of video games including an appearance as Reaver an amoral supporting character in Lionhead Studios games Fable II and Fable III and as the narrator of the LittleBigPlanet series 118 119 He also narrated the first four Harry Potter games Philosopher s Stone Chamber of Secrets Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire He also narrates a section of Bungie s Destiny 2 expansion Warmind as the Concierge an AI that when interacted with at certain points will give the player background information on Bray Exoscience 120 Advertising Edit Fry has appeared in numerous advertisements either on screen or in voice over starting with an appearance as Count Ivan Skavinsky Skavar in a 1982 advert for Whitbread Best Bitter Fry has said in his memoirs that after receiving his payment for this work 25 000 he has never subsequently experienced what one could call serious money troubles 121 He has since appeared in adverts for products and companies such as Marks and Spencer Twinings Kenco Vauxhall Honda Direct Line Calpol Heineken Alliance amp Leicester a series of adverts which also featured Hugh Laurie After Eight mints Trebor Panama cigars Virgin Media Orange Mobile citation needed and Walkers potato crisps fronting a new flavour 122 He filmed a 2016 advertisement where he explains the essence of British culture to foreigners arriving at London s Heathrow Airport 123 Writing Edit Since the publication of his first novel The Liar 1991 Fry has written three further novels several non fiction works and three volumes of autobiography Making History 1996 is partly set in an alternative universe in which Adolf Hitler s father is made infertile and his replacement proves a more effective Fuhrer The book won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History The Hippopotamus 1994 is about Edward Ted Tedward Wallace and his stay at his old friend Lord Logan s country manor in Norfolk The Hippopotamus was later adapted into a 2017 film 124 The Stars Tennis Balls 2000 is a modern retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo Fry s book The Ode Less Travelled Unlocking the Poet Within is a guide to writing poetry When writing a book review for Tatler Fry wrote under a pen name Williver Hendry editor of A Most Peculiar Friendship The Correspondence of Lord Alfred Douglas and Jack Dempsey a field close to his heart as an Oscar Wilde enthusiast Once a columnist in The Listener and The Daily Telegraph he now writes a weekly technology column in the Saturday edition of The Guardian His blog attracted more than 300 000 visitors in its first two weeks 65 In May 2009 Fry unveiled The Dongle of Donald Trefusis an audiobook series following Donald Trefusis a fictional character from Fry s novel The Liar and from the BBC Radio 4 series Loose Ends set over 12 episodes 125 After its release it reached No 1 on the UK Album Chart list Ultimately however only three episodes were released the rest with the note exact release date pending Fry s use of the word luvvie spelled lovie by Fry in The Guardian on 2 April 1988 is given by the Oxford English Dictionary as the earliest recorded use of the word as a humorous synonym for actor 126 Fry was at one time slated to adapt A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole for the big screen 127 Twitter Edit In October 2008 Fry began posting to the social networking site Twitter 128 which he regularly updated 129 On 16 May 2009 he celebrated the 500 000 follower mark Bless my soul 500k followers And I love you all Well all except that silly one And that s not you 130 Fry wields a considerable amount of influence through his use of Twitter 131 132 He is frequently asked to promote various charities and causes often inadvertently causing their websites to crash because of the volume of traffic generated by his large number of followers as Fry notes on his website Four thousand hits a second all diving down the pipeline at the same time for minutes on end 133 He uses his influence to recommend underexposed musicians and authors who often see large increases in web hits and sales 134 135 and to raise awareness of contemporary issues in the world of media and politics notably the dropping of an injunction against The Guardian 136 137 and public anger over Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir s article on the death of Boyzone member Stephen Gately 138 139 In November 2009 Fry s Twitter account reached one million followers He commemorated the million followers milestone with a humorous video blog in which a Step Hen Fry clone speaks from the year 2034 where MySpace Facebook and Twitter have combined to form Twit on MyFace 140 In November 2010 he welcomed his two millionth follower with a blog entry detailing his opinions and experiences of Twitter 141 On 11 March 2012 Fry noted his passing of the four million followers mark with a tweet Lordy I ve breasted the 4 million followers tape Love you all Yes even YOU But let s dedicate today to Douglas Adams s diamond jubilee 142 As of June 2021 update he had 12 4 million followers 143 Fry has a history of temporarily distancing himself from the social networking site which began when he received criticism in October 2009 However he retracted the announcement that he would be leaving the following day 144 In October 2010 Fry left Twitter for a few days with a farewell message of Bye bye following press criticism of a quote taken from an interview he had given After returning he explained that he had left Twitter to avoid being sympathised with or told about an article he would otherwise never have got wind of 145 In some quarters the general methods Fry uses on Twitter have been criticised 146 On 15 February 2016 Fry deleted his Twitter account after receiving criticism for a tweet about Jenny Beavan and her dress 147 Fry alluded to this on an April 2016 episode of The Rubin Report in which he criticised groupthink mentality and stated that his return to Twitter was a maybe 148 149 He returned to Twitter in August 2016 150 Filmography EditFurther information Stephen Fry bibliography and filmographyAwards and honours Edit Richard Dawkins and Fry in 2018 In 1995 Fry was presented with an honorary doctorate from the University of Dundee which named their main Students Association bar after his novel The Liar Fry is a patron of its Lip Theatre Company 151 He also served two consecutive terms 1992 to 1995 and 1995 to 1998 as the student elected Rector of the University of Dundee He was awarded the AoC Gold Award in 2004 and was entered into their Hall of Fame 152 Fry was also awarded an honorary degree from Anglia Ruskin University in 2005 153 154 He was made honorary president of the Cambridge University Quiz Society and honorary fellow of his alma mater Queens College Cambridge On 13 July 2010 he was made an honorary fellow of Cardiff University 155 and on 28 January 2011 he was awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Sussex for his work campaigning for people suffering from mental health problems bipolar disorder and HIV 156 He is a Patron of the Norwich Playhouse theatre and a Vice President of The Noel Coward Society 157 Fry was the last person to be named Pipe Smoker of the Year before the award was discontinued 158 In 2017 Fry became the latest patron of the Norwich Film Festival and said he was Very proud now to be a patron of a festival that encourages people from Norfolk Norwich and beyond to be enchanted beguiled and entranced by all kinds of film that might not otherwise reach them 159 In December 2006 he was ranked sixth for the BBC s Top Living Icon Award 160 was featured on The Culture Show and was voted Most Intelligent Man on Television by readers of Radio Times The Independent on Sunday Pink List named Fry the second most influential gay person in Britain in May 2007 he had taken the twenty third position on the list the previous year 161 Later the same month he was announced as the 2007 Mind Champion of the Year 1 in recognition of the success of his documentary The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive in raising awareness of bipolar disorder He was also nominated in Best Entertainment Performance for QI and Best Factual Series for Secret Life of the Manic Depressive at the British Academy Television Awards 2007 162 That same year Broadcast magazine listed Fry at number four in its Hot 100 list of influential on screen performers describing him as a polymath and a national treasure 163 He was also granted a lifetime achievement award at the British Comedy Awards on 5 December 2007 164 and the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards on 20 January 2010 165 BBC Four dedicated two nights of programming to Fry on 17 and 18 August 2007 in celebration of his 50th birthday The first night comprising programmes featuring Fry began with a sixty minute documentary entitled Stephen Fry 50 Not Out The second night was composed of programmes selected by Fry as well as a 60 minute interview with Mark Lawson and a half hour special Stephen Fry Guilty 166 167 The weekend programming proved such a ratings hit for BBC Four that it was repeated on BBC Two on 16 and 17 September 2007 In 2011 he was the subject of Molly Lewis s song An Open Letter to Stephen Fry in which the singer jokingly offers herself as a surrogate mother for his child 168 In February 2011 Fry was awarded the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University the Harvard Secular Society and the American Humanist Association 169 In 2012 Fry wrote the foreword to the Union of UEA Students report on the student experience for LGBT members 170 As recognition of his public support for LGBT rights and for the Union s report the Union of UEA Students awarded him on 18 October 2012 Honorary Life Membership of the Union 171 In March 2014 Fry beat David Attenborough and Davina McCall to win the Best Presenter award at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards The award was given for his BBC2 programme Stephen Fry Out There 172 In an episode of QI M Merriment originally broadcast in December 2015 Fry was awarded membership of The Magic Circle In 2017 the bird louse Saepocephalum stephenfryii was named after him in honour of his contributions to the popularization of science as host of QI 173 In 2021 he was made a Commander of the Order of the Phoenix by Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou for his contribution in enhancing knowledge about Greece in the United Kingdom and reinforcing ties between the two countries 174 Personal life EditFry married comedian Elliott Spencer who is 30 years his junior in January 2015 in Dereham Norfolk 175 He is friends with Prince Charles through his work with the Prince s Trust He attended the Prince s wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005 He is also a friend of Rowan Atkinson and was best man at Atkinson s wedding to Sunetra Sastry at the Russian Tea Room in New York City He was a friend of John Mills 176 His best friend is Hugh Laurie 177 whom he met while both were at Cambridge and with whom he has collaborated many times over the years He was best man at Laurie s wedding and is godfather to all three of his children 178 He became a vegetarian in 2017 179 having earlier expressed a desire to become one 180 A fan of cricket Fry has stated that he is related to former England cricketer C B Fry 181 and was interviewed for the Ashes Fever DVD reporting on England s victory over Australia in the 2005 Ashes series Regarding football he is a supporter of Norwich City FC and is a regular visitor to their home ground at Carrow Road He has been described as deeply dippy for all things digital and claims to have bought the third Macintosh computer sold in the UK his friend Douglas Adams bought the first two He jokes that he has never encountered a smartphone that he has not purchased 182 He counts Wikipedia among his favourite websites because I like to find out that I died and that I m currently in a ballet in China and all the other very accurate and important things that Wikipedia brings us all 183 Fry has a long standing interest in Internet production including having his own website since 1997 His current site The New Adventures of Mr Stephen Fry has existed since 2002 and has attracted many visitors following his first blog in September 2007 which comprised a 6 500 word blessay on smartphones In February 2008 he launched his private podcast series Stephen Fry s Podgrams defunct and a forum including discussions on depression and activities in which he is involved The website content is created by Fry and produced by Andrew Sampson Fry s weekly gadget column Dork Talk appeared in The Guardian from November 2007 to October 2008 182 Fry is also a supporter of GNU and the Free Software Foundation 184 For the 25th anniversary of the GNU operating system Fry appeared in a video explaining some of the philosophy behind GNU by likening it to the sharing found in science 185 When in London he drives a dark green TX4 London cab 186 This vehicle has been featured in Fry s production Stephen Fry in America 187 On 16 April 2018 Fry released the first episode of a new podcast Stephen Fry s 7 Deadly Sins available on his website and other podcasting platforms 188 The first episode of the second series was released on 13 January 2020 and continued to be released over the course of nine weeks 189 Sexuality Edit Stephen Fry with Stonewall marchers at WorldPride 2012 in London Fry struggled to keep his homosexuality secret during his teenage years at public school and by his own account did not engage in sexual activity for 16 years until the mid 1990s 190 When asked when he first acknowledged his sexuality Fry quipped I suppose it all began when I came out of the womb I looked back up at my mother and thought to myself That s the last time I m going up one of those 191 Fry was in a 15 year relationship with Daniel Cohen which ended in 2010 192 Fry was listed number 2 in 2016 and number 12 in 2017 on the Pride Power list 193 194 On 6 January 2015 British tabloid The Sun reported that Fry would marry his partner comedian Elliott Spencer Fry wrote on Twitter It looks as though a certain cat is out of a certain bag I m very very happy of course but had hoped for a private wedding Fat chance 195 Eleven days after the news story Fry married Spencer on 17 January at Dereham in Norfolk 196 Politics Edit Fry was an active supporter of the Labour Party for many years and appeared in a party political broadcast on its behalf with Hugh Laurie and Michelle Collins in November 1993 He did not vote in the 2005 general election because of the stance of both the Labour and Conservative parties with regard to the Iraq War Despite his praise of the Blair Brown government s work on social reform Fry was an outspoken critic of the Labour Party s Third Way concept Fry appeared in campaign literature to support changing the British electoral system from first past the post to alternative vote for electing members of parliament to the House of Commons in the Alternative Vote referendum of 2011 197 On 30 April 2008 Fry signed an open letter published in The Guardian newspaper by a number of Jewish personalities stating their opposition to celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel 198 Furthermore he is a signatory member of the British Jews for Justice for Palestinians organisation which campaigns for Palestinian rights 199 Fry was among over 100 signatories to a statement published by Sense About Science on 4 June 2009 condemning British libel laws and their use to severely curtail the right to free speech on a matter of public interest 200 In August 2013 Fry published an Open Letter to David Cameron and the IOC 201 calling for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi due to concerns over the state sanctioned persecution of LGBT people in Russia Cameron stated on Twitter he believed we can better challenge prejudice as we attend rather than boycotting the Winter Olympics 202 203 Fry said in 2015 that the Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre has done more to damage the Britain I love than any single person 204 In March 2014 Fry publicly backed Hacked Off and its campaign towards press self regulation by safeguarding the press from political interference while also giving vital protection to the vulnerable 205 On 18 May 2018 Fry participated in the semi annual Munk Debates in Toronto Ontario Canada where he argued against political correctness on the Con side of the topic Be it resolved what you call political correctness I call progress alongside Jordan Peterson and in opposition to Pro side represented by Michelle Goldberg and Michael Eric Dyson 206 207 During the debate Fry paraphrased a famous sentence from the 1923 essay I Am Afraid in which Old Bolshevik turned Soviet dissident Yevgeny Zamyatin denounced censorship in the Soviet Union The original sentence reads True literature can exist only when it is created not by diligent and reliable officials but by madmen hermits heretics dreamers rebels and skeptics 208 Fry s rendering however reads Progress is not achieved by preachers and guardians of morality but by madmen hermits heretics dreamers rebels and sceptics 209 On 1 February 2021 Fry supported the petition of two Holocaust survivors Dorit Oliver Wolff and Ruth Barnett who were asking to meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson regarding the genocide amendment to the trade bill an amendment that would allow an independent parliamentary judicial committee to examine evidence of genocide 210 In a tweet Fry highlighted the plight of the Uyghurs 211 Poland controversy Edit On 6 October 2009 Fry was interviewed by Jon Snow on Channel 4 News 212 as a signatory of a letter to British Conservative Party leader David Cameron expressing concern about the party forming a political alliance with the right wing Polish Law and Justice party in the European Parliament 213 During the interview he stated There has been a history let s face it in Poland of a right wing Catholicism which has been deeply disturbing for those of us who know a little history and remember which side of the border Auschwitz was on and know the stories and know much of the anti semitic and homophobic and nationalistic elements in countries like Poland The remark prompted a complaint from the Polish Embassy in London an editorial in The Economist and criticism from British Jewish historian David Cesarani 214 215 216 217 Fry has since posted an apology in a six page post on his personal blog in which he apologised for his remarks stating that I didn t even really at the time notice the import of what I had said so gave myself no opportunity instantly to retract the statement It was a rubbishy cheap and offensive remark that I have been regretting ever since I take this opportunity to apologise now and It detracted from and devalued my argument such as it was and it outraged and offended a large group of people for no very good reason 218 Health Edit Fry has bipolar disorder 219 His first diagnosis was cyclothymia which he refers to as bipolar lite 220 221 Fry has spoken publicly about his experience with bipolar disorder which was depicted in the documentary Stephen Fry The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive 222 In the programme he interviewed other sufferers of the illness including Robbie Williams Carrie Fisher Richard Dreyfuss and Tony Slattery He is involved with the mental health charity Stand to Reason 223 and is president of Mind 1 In 2013 he revealed that in the previous year he had started taking medication for the first time in an attempt to control his condition 32 In 2018 alongside Nadiya Hussain and Olly Alexander Fry was part of Sport Relief s attempt to raise awareness of mental health 224 In 1995 while appearing in the West End Cell Mates Fry had a nervous breakdown and walked out of the production causing its early closure and incurring the displeasure of co star Rik Mayall and playwright Simon Gray 225 Fry went missing for several days and contemplated suicide He later said that he would have killed himself if he had not had the option of disappearing 225 He abandoned the idea and left the United Kingdom by ferry eventually resurfacing in Belgium 226 Fry has attempted suicide on a number of occasions most recently in 2012 227 In an interview with Richard Herring in 2013 Fry revealed that he had attempted suicide the previous year while filming abroad He said that he took a huge number of pills and a huge amount of vodka and had to be brought back to the UK to be looked after 228 In January 2008 Fry broke his arm while filming Last Chance to See in Brazil 229 While climbing aboard a boat he slipped between it and the dock and stopping himself from falling into the water his body weight snapped his right humerus The resulting vulnerability to his radial nerve which affects use of the arm was not diagnosed until he saw a consultant in the UK 230 Appearing on the BBC s Top Gear in 2009 Fry had lost a significant amount of weight and explained that he had shed a total of 6 stone 84 lb 38 kg He attributed the weight loss to walking while listening to audiobooks 231 Fry is between 6 feet 4 inches 1 93 m and 6 feet 5 inches 1 96 m in height 232 233 Fry has stated that he is allergic to champagne 234 and bumble bee stings 235 Fry also has prosopagnosia face blindness 236 237 In February 2018 Fry announced that he was recovering from an operation to treat prostate cancer involving the removal of the prostate and 11 adjacent lymph nodes He described the cancer as aggressive and said that early intervention had saved his life 238 239 Views on religion Edit Fry has repeatedly expressed opposition to organised religion and has identified himself as an atheist and humanist while declaring some sympathy for the ancient Greek belief in capricious gods 240 In his first autobiography he described how he once considered ordination to the Anglican priesthood but came to the conclusion that he couldn t believe in God because he was fundamentally Hellenic in his outlook 241 He has stated that religion can have positive effects Sometimes belief means credulity sometimes an expression of faith and hope which even the most sceptical atheist such as myself cannot but find inspiring 242 Fry claims to have been expelled from Salt Lake City Utah because of a joke made about doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints 243 In 2009 The Guardian published a letter from Fry addressing his younger self explaining how his future is soon to unfold reflecting on the positive progression towards gay acceptance and openness around him and yet not everywhere while warning on how the cruel hypocritical and loveless hand of religion and absolutism has fallen on the world once more 244 Later that year he and Christopher Hitchens participated in an Intelligence Squared debate in which they argued against Ann Widdecombe and Archbishop John Onaiyekan who supported the view that the Catholic Church was a force for good Fry and Hitchens argued that the church did more harm than good and were declared the victors after an audience vote Fry attacked the Catholic Church s teachings on sexuality and denounced its wealth 245 In 2010 Fry was made a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association stating it is essential to nail one s colours to the mast as a humanist 246 Later that year Fry joined 54 other public figures in signing an open letter published in The Guardian stating their opposition to Pope Benedict XVI s visit to the United Kingdom being a state visit 247 On 22 February 2011 Fry was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University 248 249 When interviewed in 2015 by veteran Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne Fry was asked what he would say if he came face to face with God Fry said Bone cancer in children what s that about How dare you How dare you create a world where there is such misery that s not our fault It s utterly utterly evil Why should I respect a capricious mean minded stupid God who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain 250 Within days the video was viewed over five million times 251 Fry later stated he did not refer to any specific religion and said I said quite a few things that were angry at this supposed God I was merely saying things that Bertrand Russell and many finer heads of the mind have said for many thousands of years going all the way back to the Greeks 252 Because the God who created this universe if it was created by God is quite clearly a maniac utter maniac 253 In May 2017 it was announced that Fry along with broadcaster RTE were under criminal investigation for blasphemy under the 2009 Defamation Act following a complaint from a member of the public about the broadcast the case was dropped after Gardai confirmed that they had not been able to locate a sufficient number of offended people 254 The following year in 2018 the article on blasphemy was removed from the Irish Constitution following a referendum Football Edit In August 2010 Fry joined the board of directors at Norwich City Football Club A lifelong fan of the Canaries and a regular visitor to Carrow Road he said on being appointed Truly this is one of the most exciting days of my life and I am as proud and pleased as I could be 255 Fry stepped down from his Board position in January 2016 to take up a new position as Norwich City Ambassador 256 Fry said My five years in the role have been an honour and a privilege beyond almost anything I can remember I wish I could take credit for ushering the club up from League One to the Premiership during that time on the Board Actually I m going to It was all me It can t have been a coincidence But now I m so happy to relinquish my seat on the board to Thomas Smith and to engage as fully as I can in the role of ambassador for Norwich City 256 In February 2014 Fry became the honorary president of Proud Canaries a new club for lesbian gay bisexual and transgender fans 257 Business Edit In 2008 Fry formed SamFry Ltd with long term collaborator Andrew Sampson to produce and fund new material and manage his official website 258 Fry is the co owner with Gina Carter and Sandi Toksvig of Sprout Pictures an independent film and television company 259 Charity Edit In 2008 he appeared in a film made by the Free Software Foundation to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the GNU Project to create a completely free operating system 260 In the film Fry explains the principles of software freedom central to the development of the Linux and GNU software projects 261 Fry is a supporter of nature and wildlife conservation 262 He has been the President of the Great Fen Project since 2006 263 and Vice president of international NGO Fauna and Flora International since 2009 264 265 Fry has also expressed support for action on climate change 266 and activist group Extinction Rebellion and has criticized climate change denial 267 In April 2020 during the COVID 19 pandemic Fry appeared in a sketch alongside Prince William for a charity show titled The Big Night In on BBC One 268 In the lighthearted sketch Fry reprises his Blackadder character Lord Melchett who is on a Zoom call with the Duke of Cambridge as they talk about television shows such as EastEnders and Tiger King as well as homeschooling 269 The sketch had been put together by Comic Relief and Children in Need to raise money and keep people entertained during the lockdown 270 Bibliography EditAs author Edit FictionFry Stephen 1991 The Liar Soho ISBN 978 0 939149 82 7 Fry Stephen 1994 The Hippopotamus Soho Press ISBN 978 1 56947 054 1 Fry Stephen 1996 Making History Arrow ISBN 978 0 09 946481 5 Fry Stephen 2000 The Stars Tennis Balls Hutchinson ISBN 978 0 09 180151 9 US edition Fry Stephen 2003 Revenge A Novel Random House ISBN 978 0 8129 6819 4 Fry Stephen as Mrs Stephen Fry 2010 Mrs Fry s Diary Hodder amp Stoughton ISBN 978 1444720778 Non fictionFry Stephen 2017 Mythos A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece Michael Joseph ISBN 978 0718188726 Fry Stephen 2018 Heroes Michael Joseph ISBN 978 0241380369 Fry Stephen 2020 Troy Michael Joseph ISBN 978 0241424599 Fry Stephen 1992 Paperweight William Heinemann ISBN 978 0434274086 Fry Stephen 2002 Rescuing the Spectacled Bear Hutchinson ISBN 978 0 8129 6819 4 Fry Stephen Lihoreau Tim 2004 Stephen Fry s Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music Macmillan ISBN 9780752225340 Fry Stephen 2005 The Ode Less Travelled Unlocking the Poet Within Hutchinson ISBN 978 0091795238 Fry Stephen 2021 Fry s Ties Michael Joseph ISBN 978 0241493045 AutobiographyFry Stephen 1997 Moab Is My Washpot An Autobiography Soho Press ISBN 978 1 56947 202 6 Fry Stephen 2010 The Fry Chronicles An Autobiography Michael Joseph ISBN 978 0 7181 5483 7 Fry Stephen 2014 More Fool Me A Memoir Michael Joseph ISBN 978 0718179786 Scripts from A Bit of Fry and LaurieFry Stephen Laurie Hugh 1990 A Bit of Fry and Laurie Mandarin ISBN 978 0 7493 0705 9 Fry Stephen Laurie Hugh 1991 A Bit More Fry and Laurie Mandarin ISBN 978 0749310769 Fry Stephen Laurie Hugh 1992 3 Bits of Fry and Laurie Mandarin ISBN 978 0434271931 Fry Stephen Laurie Hugh 1995 Fry and Laurie 4 Mandarin ISBN 978 0749319670 Audio books Edit Fry Stephen 2009 Short Stories by Anton Chekhov Stephen Fry Presents ISBN 978 0007316373 Fry Stephen 2017 Fry s English Delight Audible Studios ISBN 978 1536635058 Fry Stephen 2017 Eugene Onegin Alexander Pushkin Audiobook Stephen Fry Reads James E Fallen trans Eugene Onegin As contributor Edit Lloyd John Fry Stephen Mitchinson John 2006 John Mitchinson ed The Book of General Ignorance Faber and Faber ISBN 978 0 571 23368 7 Carwardine Mark Fry Stephen 2009 Last Chance to See HarperCollins Publishers Limited ISBN 978 0 00 729072 7 Forewords Edit Hojer Torsten ed 2016 Speak My Language and Other Stories An Anthology of Gay Fiction Constable amp Robinson ISBN 978 1472119971 Whittard Tim ed 2020 Mental amp Behavioural State Examination Theory into Practice A Nurse s Perspective on Psychiatric Assessment The Choir Press ISBN 978 1789630954 Hitchens Christopher Dawkins Richard Harris Sam Dennett Daniel eds 2019 The Four Horsemen The Conversation That Sparked an Atheist Revolution Random House ISBN 978 0525511953 References Edit a b c Stephen Fry announced as president of Mind Mind Archived from the original on 7 August 2011 Retrieved 29 July 2011 Stephen Fry steps down as QI host BBC News 14 October 2015 Retrieved 24 April 2020 Just a Minute why it s never paused The Guardian 17 May 2011 Retrieved 24 April 2020 I m Sorry I Haven t A Clue returns to Radio 4 The Daily Telegraph Retrieved 24 April 2020 Stephen Fry Harry Potter Audiobooks hpaudiobooks com Archived from the original on 19 September 2020 Retrieved 24 April 2020 About the Laws of Cricket MCC www lords org That s Humanism British Humanist Association Fry Stephen John born 24 Aug 1957 writer actor comedian Who s Who 2007 doi 10 1093 ww 9780199540884 013 16544 Alan John Fry obituary The Times Retrieved 30 July 2019 Stephen Fry 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Stephen Fry Little Crackers Sky UK Retrieved 22 October 2011 Dowell Ben 25 January 2016 Stephen Fry joins cast of Sky comedy Yonderland as Cuddly Dick Radio Times Retrieved 25 January 2016 Andreeva Nellie 15 March 2016 Stephen Fry To Co Star In CBS Comedy Pilot The Great Indoors Otterson Joe 13 May 2017 The Great Indoors Canceled After One Season at CBS British Comedy Guide The Big Night In General Melchett talks to Prince William British Comedy Guide Comedy co uk Retrieved 28 May 2021 Prince William and Stephen Fry appear in comedy sketch for charity on YouTube Frost Vicky 17 June 2011 Stephen Fry and Victoria Wood to star in The Borrowers The Guardian Retrieved 26 December 2013 Let s Go Pocoyo IMDb 22 November 2019 Retrieved 22 November 2019 Umbrella pocoyo com Zinkia Entertainment S A 25 May 2018 Retrieved 22 November 2019 ITV axes Stephen Fry s Kingdom Digital Spy 9 October 2009 Retrieved 11 November 2009 Stephen Fry Learns Irish for Ros na Run IFTN Taylor Charlie and Boland Rosita Stephen Fry to cameo in TG4 soap The Irish Times 17 November 2010 Stephen Fry set for Ros na Run cameo Irish Independent 17 November 2010 Full Irish Fry takes soap role BBC News 17 November 2010 Stephen Fry to play British PM in 24 Live Another Day BBC News 27 January 2014 Stephen Fry and Sir Lenny Henry CBE to appear in the twelfth series of Doctor Who BBC Media Centre 20 November 2019 Doctor Who to land on Who Year s Day in Spyfall BBC Media Centre 2 December 2019 Fry ends row with Twitter critic BBC 1 November 2009 Who Do You Think You Are Past Stories Stephen Fry BBC Retrieved 22 May 2012 BBC Two History of Light Entertainment 20 00 BBC 12 May 2012 Retrieved 22 May 2012 Walton James 3 October 2007 Last night on television Stephen Fry HIV and Me BBC2 Great British Journeys BBC2 The Daily Telegraph London Retrieved 23 May 2012 BBC The future role of public service broadcasting Stephen Fry Archived from the original on 17 May 2008 Retrieved 19 June 2008 Stephen Fry s Podgrams 25 June 2008 Broadcasting Retrieved 30 August 2013 a b Fry Stephen 21 October 2007 I Give Up stephenfry com Retrieved 23 May 2012 Last Chance to See BBC Press Office Retrieved 11 November 2009 a b Stephen Fry s 100 Greatest Gadgets Channel 4 Retrieved 2 January 2012 Walton James 25 September 2011 Stephen Fry s Planet Word BBC Two review The Daily Telegraph London Retrieved 23 May 2012 Stephen Fry shares his love of language in Fry s Planet Word Radio Times 25 September 2011 Retrieved 12 October 2011 Stephen Fry amp Bill Wyman livingthelife co uk Retrieved 26 June 2012 Britain s biggest stars record iconic poem If as tribute to Olympic heroes Yahoo News 12 December 2014 Stephen Fry Gadget Man Channel 4 Archived from the original on 27 May 2013 Retrieved 7 June 2013 BBC Two announces return to Modern Times alongside raft of new documentaries BBC Archived from the original on 28 June 2013 Retrieved 8 August 2013 Stephen Fry Desert Island Discs BBC Radio 4 QI com Audience figures Retrieved 21 June 2007 Archived 7 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine Armstrong Stephen 17 December 2007 Have you got your daily male The Guardian London Retrieved 17 December 2007 Stephen Fry steps down as QI host Retrieved 21 November 2015 Stephen Fry on The Meaning of Life Raidio Teilifis Eireann Retrieved 19 April 2020 Spice World the Movie Radio Times Retrieved 10 April 2019 Fry quits as host of film Baftas BBC News 6 October 2006 Retrieved 4 February 2009 Midgette Anne 28 June 2013 Kenneth Branagh s 2006 film of The Magic Flute finally arrives The Washington Post ISSN 0190 8286 Retrieved 5 January 2018 Wachowski Brothers Interview Liquida com Archived from the original on 17 September 2011 Dawtrey Adam 28 September 2007 script writer for Dambusters film Variety Archived from the original on 23 January 2009 Retrieved 4 February 2009 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross Series 16 Episode 1 BBC iPlayer 23 January 2009 Retrieved 24 January 2009 link expired Mitchell Lizzie 10 September 2009 Tim Burton s Alice in Wonderland The List Retrieved 3 October 2009 Stephen Fry to play Sherlock Holmes brother on film BBC 25 December 2009 Retrieved 28 September 2010 Jackson Peter 19 May 2011 Hobbit Casting News Retrieved 19 May 2011 via Facebook non primary source needed Six More Join Uma Thurman in The Brits are Coming Comingsoon net 27 August 2015 Retrieved 28 August 2015 Stephen Fry interviews Tony Blair 1 March 2007 Archived from the original on 6 April 2010 Retrieved 23 May 2012 Stephen Fry s Podgrams The New Adventures of Mr Stephen Fry Retrieved 30 August 2013 Radio Times 28 June 4 July 2008 Fry s a Dream Date BBC Radio 4 Program Guide for Fry s English Delight BBC 8 September 2008 Retrieved 4 February 2009 Satchell Graham 15 June 2009 Life after Humph BBC News Retrieved 6 January 2010 Radio 4 Programmes Wordaholics Episode 1 BBC 20 February 2012 Retrieved 22 February 2012 Stephen Fry voices drama about the BBC Radio Today 11 September 2012 Retrieved 14 November 2012 Reviews for Latin Archived from the original on 17 July 2011 Review of Latin Notesfromtheunderground co uk Archived from the original on 27 July 2009 Retrieved 11 November 2009 Archived at Wayback Engine Stephen Fry Broadway Cast amp Staff IBDB www ibdb com The Common Pursuit other productions on the Simon Gray website Retrieved 18 August 2010 Archived 5 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine Old Vic Theatre Cinderella Archived from the original on 27 September 2011 Brown Mark 13 August 2010 Stephen Fry takes on stand up comedy The Guardian London a b Cavendish Dominic 24 September 2012 Stephen Fry in Twelfth Night Globe Theatre first review The Daily Telegraph London Retrieved 19 November 2012 a b Stephen Fry praised for return to West End stage BBC News 19 November 2012 Retrieved 19 November 2012 SpotCo Entertainment amp Arts Advertising shakespearebroadway com Archived from the original on 4 November 2013 The Tony Award Nominees Shows TonyAwards com Paul Bunyan Monty Python Live mostly One Down Five to 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disappoints trans fans by narrating JK Rowling s new audiobook 10 November 2020 LittleBigPlanet 2 for PS3 Officially Announced for Winter 2010 PlayStation Blog Blog us playstation com 10 May 2010 Retrieved 14 June 2010 He is also voiced in PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale a crossover fighting game as the same character in LittleBigPlanet for Sackboy s story in the game Watts Steve 21 April 2009 Stephen Fry Lending British Charm to Little Big Planet PSP 1UP com Archived from the original on 11 March 2016 Retrieved 18 October 2018 Stephen Fry is in Destiny 2 Warmind PCGamesN Fry 2010 pp 234 237 sfn error multiple targets 3 CITEREFFry2010 help Baker Rosie 14 January 2011 Walkers to launch Stephen Fry crisps for Comic Relief Marketing Week Retrieved 6 January 2021 Stephen Fry s guide to being British The Telegraph 13 November 2016 Archived from the original on 5 January 2016 Linden Sheri 18 January 2017 The Hippopotamus Film Review Palm Springs 2017 The Hollywood Reporter The New Adventures of Mr Stephen Fry The Dongle of Donald Trefusis Episode 3 now available Stephenfry com Retrieved 25 July 2009 Luvvie n Oxford English Dictionary Oxford England Oxford University Press 1 March 2008 Archived from the original on 29 June 2011 Retrieved 25 August 2010 requires subscription Larman Alexander 31 July 2019 A Confederacy of Dunces Stephen Fry on his decades long struggle to adapt the most unfilmable book ever written The Daily Telegraph London England Retrieved 24 October 2019 Fry s first Twitter post 9 October 2008 Retrieved 4 February 2009 via Twitter non primary source needed Stephen Fry s Twitter Stream Retrieved 12 November 2016 via Twitter non primary source needed Fry Stephen stephenfry Twitter 16 May 2009 Retrieved 18 May 2009 A portrait of the decade BBC News 14 December 2009 Retrieved 24 May 2010 Hornby Gill 16 October 2009 Don t laugh Stephen Fry is giving the orders now The Daily Telegraph London Archived from the original on 19 October 2009 Retrieved 17 October 2009 Fry Stephen 26 August 2009 Servers with a Smile The New Adventures of Stephen Fry Stephenfry com Retrieved 17 October 2009 Stephen Fry s Twitter posts on David Eagleman novel sparks 6000 sales spike The Daily Telegraph London 11 September 2009 Retrieved 17 October 2009 Fry s Twitter lift for singer 16 BBC News 14 October 2009 Retrieved 17 October 2009 Rusbridger Alan 13 May 2009 The Trafigura fiasco tears up the textbook The Guardian London Retrieved 17 October 2009 Jacobson Seth 13 October 2009 Twitter claims another scalp as Trafigura backs down The First Post Retrieved 17 October 2009 Anger over Mail column on Gately BBC News 16 October 2009 Retrieved 17 October 2009 Twitter outrage over Gately smear Digital Spy 16 October 2009 Retrieved 17 October 2009 Twillionth Archived from the original on 17 November 2009 Fry Stephen 30 November 2010 Two Million Reasons To Be Cheerful The New Adventures of Stephen Fry Retrieved 3 December 2010 Fry Stephen stephenfry 11 March 2012 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the original on 24 August 2013 Anglia Ruskin University s Honorary Graduate Site Anglia ac uk Archived from the original on 23 December 2012 Retrieved 4 February 2009 Fry talks of Cambridge elitism BBC News 22 November 2005 Retrieved 4 February 2009 Honouring excellence Cardiff University 10 July 2010 Archived from the original on 29 November 2010 Retrieved 15 July 2010 Stephen Fry made honorary doctor at University of Sussex BBC News 28 January 2011 Retrieved 28 January 2011 Welcome to the Noel Coward Society Noelcoward net Retrieved 4 February 2009 Thompson Jonathan 18 January 2004 Annual pipe smoker award is extinguished The Independent London Retrieved 5 September 2010 dead link Knights Emma Stephen Fry becomes patron of Norwich Film Festival Archived from the original on 30 January 2017 Retrieved 30 January 2017 Living Icons BBC 11 December 2006 Retrieved 4 February 2009 Independent on Sunday Pink List 2007 The Independent London 6 May 2007 Archived from the original on 8 May 2007 Retrieved 4 February 2009 Television Nominations 2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts 31 July 2014 Hot 100 Talent free registration required Broadcast 18 December 2007 Retrieved 22 December 2007 Hemley Matthew 6 December 2007 Gavin and Stacey sweeps British Comedy Awards The Stage Retrieved 16 December 2007 Williams Lisa 21 January 2010 Delight for Stephen Fry at TV awards The Independent London Retrieved 22 January 2010 BBC Four Stephen Fry Night BBC 8 September 2007 Archived from the original on 29 March 2009 Retrieved 25 January 2020 Wollaston Sam 20 August 2007 The weekend s TV Stephen Fry Guilty The Guardnian Online Retrieved 26 January 2020 An Open Letter to Stephen Fry Mollylewis bandcamp com 11 February 2011 Archived from the original on 30 October 2011 Retrieved 22 October 2011 Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University Presents Stephen Fry Harvardhumanist org Archived from the original on 26 February 2011 Retrieved 22 October 2011 LGBT Student Experience Report PDF Union of UEA Students October 2012 Archived from the original PDF on 7 November 2013 Minutes of Union Council 16 10 12 PDF Union of UEA Students October 2012 Archived from the original PDF on 6 November 2013 Stephen Fry named presenter of the year for global homophobia documentary PinkNews 19 March 2014 Gustafsson Daniel R Bush Sarah E 31 August 2017 Morphological revision of the hyperdiverse Brueelia complex Insecta Phthiraptera Ischnocera Philopteridae with new taxa checklists and generic key Zootaxa 4313 1 1 443 doi 10 11646 zootaxa 4313 1 1 via mapress com Stephen Fry stephenfry 21 April 2021 Truly one of the great honours of my life With thanks to the Ambassador to President Sakellaropoulou and to the people of Greece Tweet via Twitter Elliott Spencer addresses disapproval over the 30 year age gap between him and new husband Stephen Fry The Daily Telegraph Retrieved 16 December 2016 Acting legend Sir John Mills dies BBC News 24 April 2005 Retrieved 4 February 2009 The Fry Chronicles 2010 Smith David 23 April 2005 Doctor Hugh The Observer London Retrieved 14 November 2011 Stephen Fry on Twitter Since becoming vegetarian I seem to have developed a virtual addiction to kimchi 13 June 2017 Retrieved 18 June 2017 via Twitter non primary source needed Stephen Fry on Twitter NaomiAlex72 I wish I could be a vegetarian 24 May 2014 Retrieved 18 June 2017 via Twitter non primary source needed Series A Episode 8 QI Season A Episode 8 30 October 2003 a b Dork talk The Guardian London 9 November 2007 Retrieved 4 February 2009 Interview with Stephen Fry VideoJug 31 May 2007 Archived from the original on 11 February 2009 Retrieved 4 February 2009 Patronage of GNU Project Gnu org Retrieved 4 February 2009 Freedom Fry Happy birthday to GNU Gnu org 20 October 2008 Retrieved 4 February 2009 Wainwright Oliver 24 October 2012 The black cab a moving monument to London life The Guardian Fry S from Stephen Fry in America 10 October 2008 Stephen Fry s 7 Deadly Sins on acast 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law has no place in scientific disputes Sense About Science 7 October 2009 Archived from the original on 7 June 2009 Retrieved 12 October 2009 Stephen Fry tumblr com Archived from the original on 10 August 2013 David Cameron on Twitter via Twitter non primary source needed Cameron rejects Stephen Fry s call for Russian Winter Olympics boycott The Guardian 10 August 2013 Retrieved 17 August 2013 Fry Stephen July 2015 Stephen Fry s Most Treasured Possession Is from P G Wodehouse Vanity Fair Retrieved 29 December 2017 Szalai Georg 18 March 2014 Benedict Cumberbatch Alfonso Cuaron Maggie Smith Back U K Press Regulation The Hollywood Reporter Munk Debates Political Correctness The Munk Debates 18 May 2018 Archived from the original on 4 December 2018 Retrieved 31 October 2018 A politically incorrect debate about political correctness CBC Radio 30 May 2018 Retrieved 31 October 2018 I Am Afraid 1921 p 57 in A Soviet Heretic trans Mirra Ginsberg University of Chicago Press 1970 p 53 58 AGAINST POLITICAL CORRECTNESS BY STEPHEN FRY October 19 2018 Holocaust survivors demand meeting with PM over genocide amendment as government faces Lord defeat The Independent 23 February 2021 Retrieved 1 March 2021 stephenfry 1 March 2021 As holocaust survivors Ruth Barnett and Dorit Wolf know all too well what genocide is Tweet via Twitter Fry s fears over Tories anti gay links Channel 4 Archived from the original on 9 October 2009 Retrieved 9 October 2009 Charter David 16 July 2009 Right wing Polish MEP Michal Kaminski becomes Tories controversial EU leader London Retrieved 9 October 2009 Europe view Unoccupied Britain The Economist 15 October 2009 Retrieved 17 October 2009 Ceserani David 13 October 2009 Stephen Fry s Auschwitz blunder The Guardian London Retrieved 17 October 2009 Day Matthew 8 October 2009 Stephen Fry provokes Polish fury over Auschwitz remark Retrieved 9 October 2009 Complaints Fry slandered Poland over Auschwitz Channel 4 Retrieved 9 October 2009 Poles Politeness and Politics in the age of Twitter 19 October 2009 Retrieved 19 October 2009 Stephen Fry My battle with mental illness The Independent 17 September 2006 Retrieved 23 May 2010 Craig Ferguson 2 23 10B Late Late show Stephen Fry PT1 The Late Late Show via Youtube 23 February 2010 Archived from the original on 2 August 2011 Retrieved 14 June 2011 Cyclothymic upswings are dangerously expensive Feels like there s a Tigger version of me bouncing inside and eager to burst out Stephen Fry via Twitter 15 March 2009 Retrieved 14 June 2011 non primary source needed Stephen Fry unveiled as Patron Cardiff University 16 October 2008 Archived from the original on 19 September 2013 Retrieved 4 February 2009 Reception with Stephen Fry Standtoreason org Archived from the original on 7 February 2011 Retrieved 7 June 2011 Nadiya Hussain and Stephen Fry reveal their mental health battles in moving Sport Relief film Metro 24 March 2018 Retrieved 24 March 2018 a b BBC Two A Life on Screen BBC Retrieved 4 January 2016 Comedian Fry reveals suicide bid BBC News 21 July 2006 Retrieved 4 February 2009 David Batty Stephen Fry recent attempted suicide a close run thing The Guardian London Stephen Fry reveals he attempted suicide in 2012 BBC News 6 June 2013 Retrieved 6 June 2013 Fry breaks arm filming in Brazil BBC 18 January 2008 Retrieved 18 January 2008 Stephen Fry s Podgrams Episode 1 Broken Arm Stephenfry com Archived from the original on 22 August 2008 Retrieved 4 February 2009 Stephen Fry is a Star in a Reasonably Priced Car part 1 2 Series 13 Episode 2 Top Gear QI Season 7 Episode 10 QI Season 4 ep 11 of 13 QI Series C 3 Episode 10 QI Series C 3 Episode 7 Sieghart Mary Ann 1 July 2016 Who Are You Again BBC Radio 4 Hepworth David 25 June 2016 Who are you again What it s like to never remember a face The Guardian Retrieved 1 July 2016 Khomani Nadia 23 February 2018 Stephen Fry has prostate cancer The Guardian Retrieved 23 February 2018 Stephen Fry recovering from prostate cancer surgery 23 February 2018 Stephen Fry on God The Meaning Of Life RTE One archived from the original on 28 October 2021 retrieved 12 December 2019 Fry Stephen 2004 1997 Moab is my washpot Arrow books p 382 ISBN 978 0 09 945704 6 Stephen Fry The Spectator Lecture at the Royal Geographical Society reprinted as Would I live in America In a heartbeat The Spectator 9 May 2009 p 28 Empire QI Season 5 Episode 12 Archived from the original on 28 October 2021 Fry Stephen 30 April 2009 The Guardian Stephen Fry s letter to himself Dearest absurd child The Guardian London Retrieved 10 May 2009 West Ed 23 October 2009 Atheist duo convince crowd that the Church is not a force for good The Catholic Herald London Retrieved 18 February 2012 Stephen Fry it is essential to nail one s colours to the mast as a humanist British Humanist Association 10 February 2010 Letters Harsh judgments on the pope and religion The Guardian London 15 September 2010 Retrieved 16 September 2010 Letters HCH Presents Stephen Fry Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard Cambridge MA Archived from the original on 26 February 2011 Retrieved 27 January 2011 Stepehn sic Fry Wins Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism The Age of Blasphemy blog 24 January 2011 Retrieved 15 December 2012 Atheist Stephen Fry Delivers Incredible Answer When Asked What He Would Say If He Met God The Huffington Post UK 30 January 2015 Rosin Agnew 6 February 2015 Stephen Fry responds to The Meaning of Life controversy The Irish Times Stephen Fry responds to Christian backlash after confronting God with Bone cancer in children What s that about The Independent 6 February 2015 Retrieved 9 April 2017 Richard Dawkins challenges police to arrest him for blasphemy The Independent 10 May 2017 McMahon Cathal 8 May 2017 Stephen Fry blasphemy probe dropped after gardai fail to find substantial number of outraged people the Irish Independent Stephen Fry joins Norwich City board BBC News 13 August 2010 a b Stephen Fry steps down from Norwich City board as Delia s nephew joins edp24 co uk Archived from the original on 19 January 2016 Retrieved 18 January 2016 Proud Canaries LGBT group supported by Stephen Fry BBC News BBC 23 February 2014 Retrieved 23 February 2014 About Stephenfry com Archived from the original on 6 February 2009 Retrieved 4 February 2009 Sprout Pictures is an independent Film and Television production company owned by Gina Carter and Stephen Fry sproutpictures com Stephen Fry Happy birthday to GNU GNU Project Free Software Foundation gnu org FSF and Stephen Fry celebrate the GNU Project 25th anniversary fsf org Stephen Fry backs The Wildlife Trusts appeal on Giving Tuesday The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire Manchester and North Merseyside www lancswt org uk Retrieved 5 December 2020 Presidents and Patrons The Great Fen www greatfen org uk Retrieved 5 December 2020 Stephen Fry elected as Vice President of FFI Fauna amp Flora International www fauna flora org 13 November 2009 Retrieved 5 December 2020 Stephen Fry brings spit wit and tweets to conservation group The Guardian 13 November 2009 Retrieved 5 December 2020 Stephen Fry and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall call for carbon pricing to tackle climate change inews co uk 24 November 2020 Retrieved 5 December 2020 Stephen Fry urges people to stand with Extinction Rebellion The Independent 24 August 2020 Retrieved 5 December 2020 BBC Big Night In Prince William jokes he hasn t seen Tiger King as he avoids shows about royalty Independent Retrieved 24 April 2020 Even Prince William Can t Escape Tiger King Variety 24 April 2020 Retrieved 24 April 2020 Prince William and Stephen Fry join forces for iconic skit as they chat about EastEnders and Tiger King Metro UK Retrieved 24 April 2020 External links EditWikimedia Commons has media related to Stephen Fry Wikiquote has quotations related to Stephen FryOfficial website Stephen Fry at Curlie Stephen Fry at IMDb Stephen Fry discography at Discogs Stephen Fry interview on BBC Radio 4 Desert Island Discs 2 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