Stephen Fry is the tweed suited uncle of British comedy. Officially the most intelligent man in the country and probably on everyone's list of dream dinner party guests, Stephen has been delighting audiences and viewers now for over 25 years. ...
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Stephen Fry is the tweed suited uncle of British comedy. Officially the most intelligent man in the country and probably on everyone's list of dream dinner party guests, Stephen has been delighting audiences and viewers now for over 25 years.
Stephen was born in Hampstead, London and grew up in Norfolk and Buckinghamshire. He went to Cambridge University, after 3 months on remand for stealing a credit card, where he met his long time friend and comedy partner Hugh Laurie, who was president of the famous Cambridge Footlights.
Stephen has the unique honour of winning the first ever Edinburgh Comedy Award in 1981 with The Cambridge Footlights. The group also featured Emma Thompson and Tony Slattery.
In these days at the dawn of British televised comedy, Stephen didn't need to earn his chops on the stand up circuit and instead was launched straight into television.
Stephen Fry's television career began with the broadcast of The Cellar Tapes, the 1981 Edinburgh winning show, in 1982.
Granada Television recruited him, Laurie and Thompson, along with Ben Elton, for a rival show to BBC's Not The Nine O'Clock News called There's Nothing To Worry About. The show, later renamed Alfresco ran for three series and established Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie as a comedy double act.
In 1986, after appearances on The Young Ones and Saturday Live among others, A Bit Of Fry And Laurie began. The show lasted 4 series between 1986 and 1995 and was extremely successful.
Stephen then worked with TV comedy legend John Lloyd in three series of Blackadder, having major roles in series 2 and 4. He then worked again with Hugh Laurie for their adaptation of PG Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster.
In 2003, Stephen began his current role as quizmaster and host of QI. The show, created by old friend John Lloyd, is one of the most popular shows on the BBC and is currently in its 8th series. In 2006, Stephen won the Rose d'Or award for Best Game Show Host for his work on the show.
Stephen has also established himself as a respected actor and writer. He has featured in the films Gosford Park, A Cock And Bull Story, V For Vendetta and Alice In Wonderland and in 1997 fulfilled a lifetime ambition to play his hero Oscar Wilde.
He has published four novels and recently released the second part of his autobiography 'The Fry Chronicles'. In September of 2010, Stephen played 3 nights at the Royal Albert Hall telling stories from his life.
Stephen Fry is the living embodiment of a national treasure. He is a man who we should be proud to have as our countryman and who has entertained us for all these years. Long may it continue.
Did You Know?:
Stephen Fry is a director of Norwich City Football Club, the club that has Delia Smith as the majority shareholder. Stephen is yet to get on the pitch at half time and shout “Let's be 'avvin' you!” though.