Stephen Fry was born in 1957 and educated at an unfeasibly large number of educational establishments, most of which rapidly tired of him. At Cambridge University, however, he met and worked with, amongst others, Emma Thompson and Hugh Laurie, a life-long friend and comedy partner. Fry’s first play Latin! received a Scotsman Fringe First award and has subsequently been performed around the United Kingdom. The Footlights review he wrote with Thompson, Laurie and Tony Slattery was televised by the BBC. There followed Alfresco, a comedy series for Granada (along with Laurie, Thompson, Ben Elton and Robbie Coltrane), three series of Blackadder with Rowan Atkinson (and Hugh Laurie again), four series of A Bit of Fry and Laurie with Hugh Laurie (both for the BBC) and also with Hugh, four series of Jeeves and Wooster for Granada TV and WGBH Boston. He hosts the BBC quiz show QI for which he won a Golden Rose, has completed two series for Absolute Power with John Bird for the BBC and appeared in numerous single dramas for television, including Tom Brown’s Schooldays. He has completed two documentaries for BBC2 on health issues—The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive won an International Emmy. He is involved in BBC4’s Medieval Season, and is filming a BBC travel series on America. He is also the star and executive producer of ITV’s legal drama Kingdom, set in his home county of Norfolk.As a stage actor he performed in Alan Bennett’s Forty Years On, Michael Frayn’s Look Look, Simon Gray’s The Common Pursuit and Cell Mates (a run cut inexplicably short). He won a Drama Circle award and a Tony nomination for his work on the revived musical Me and My Girl, which ran for years and years on Broadway and the West End.
His numerous film appearances have included award winning performances in Peter’s Friends, Wilde (his performance was nominated for a Golden Globe), and Gosford Park. He wrote and directed Bright Young Things in 2003. He has written four best-selling novels, an autobiography—Moab is my Washpot—and is well-known amongst a younger generation as the reader of the audiobook versions of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter novels.
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