Stephen Fry

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Stephen Fry on the cover of his autobiography

Stephen John Fry (born 24 August, 1957) is a British comedian, author, actor, and director. He is the son of Alan and Marianne Fry.

He was educated at Stout's Hill, Uppingham School and Queens' College, Cambridge. He lives in Norfolk, England and New York City. He is an erstwhile comedy collaborator of Hugh Laurie. Rather tellingly, he was described as being "a man with a brain the size of Kent" in an interview with Michael Parkinson.

In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, he was voted amongst the top 50 comedy acts ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.


Career highlights

Highlights of Fry's career include:

  • He made an early television appearance on University Challenge while an undergraduate at Cambridge.
  • In 1984, he rewrote the script of the stage musical, Me and My Girl, which subsequently became a huge West End hit.
  • Very early in his West End debut (Simon Gray's play Cell Mates), Fry suffered an attack of stage fright so serious that he ran away, leaving only an apology, and turning up some days later in Belgium.
  • He famously declared that he practised a celibate lifestyle (which he has since abandoned).
  • He made his debut as a film director with Bright Young Things, an adaptation of the novel Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh, in 2003.

List of works

  • TV scripts
    • A Bit of Fry and Laurie (1989, 1990)
    • A Bit More Fry and Laurie
    • Fry & Laurie #3
    • Three Bits of Fry and Laurie
    • Fry & Laurie Bit No. 4


Stephen Fry also narrates the UK audio versions of the Harry Potter books (this is Jim Dale's job in the US). He also made a guest appearance in a special webcast version of Doctor Who in a story called Death Comes to Time, in which he plays the Time Lord The Minister of Chance.


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  • As well as having competed on University Challenge whilst at Cambridge, he also appeared in The Young Ones as "Lord Snot", one of the "Footlights College" team against whom The Young Ones are competing in a fictitious edition of University Challenge. He later appeared in a Comic Relief edition of University Challenge as part of the "Gownies" team of University-graduate comedians, against the (victorious) team of "Townies"; and in another Comic Relief special two years later as part of the South team who beat the North.
  • While still at boarding school, Fry absconded with a stolen credit card and, when apprehended, spent three months in prison for fraud.
  • In 2005, Fry was made an honorary fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge, from which he graduated.


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