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Stephen Fry by Trevor Leighton
© Trevor Leighton / National Portrait Gallery, London

Biography: Stephen Fry

Comic genius Stephen Fry is quite the Renaissance man: writer, actor, comedian, director, librettist, quiz show host and compere extraordinaire. He is best known for his TV comedy, including A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Blackadder, Absolute Power and QI.

Born in London in 1957 and raised in Norfolk, Fry attended Cambridge University where his successful comic partnership with Hugh Laurie began.

Most Renowned For

Fry’s sharp wit and linguistic prowess have made him a master of the one-liner. An early comment about his sexuality embodies his wry humour: "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.'"

Cultural Impact

Fry is the modern day Oscar Wilde; hilarious, sharp and frightfully clever. From the frank discussions of his early struggles with homosexuality, to his recent documentary about his fight with manic depression, Fry’s extraordinary honesty about his personal battles has made us love him even more.

In His Own Words

"My vocal cords are made of tweed. I give off an air of Oxford donnishness and old BBC wirelesses"

Pub Quiz Trivia

Fry was Liza Tarbuck’s ‘phone a friend’ on Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. He had already provided the correct answer before the options were listed.

Ed Byrne
A phrase that gets bandied around a lot is Renaissance man. When you watch any of his movies, read any of his books or watch his comedy, it doesn’t sound like a dalliance ... each one is brilliant ... he is a master craftsman.

Ed Byrne


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