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Stephen Fry (born 24.8.1957)
Stephen Fry is a British TV presenter, writer, actor, comedian and film director.
Childhood: Stephen Fry was born to Marianne and Alan Fry, in Hampstead. His father was a physicist and inventor. He grew up in Booton, in Norfolk, having moved from Buckinghamshire as a child.
He attended Cawston Primary School in Norfolk, then Uppingham School in Rutland. At the age of 15, he was expelled, and sent to Paston School, from which he was also expelled.
Fry then studied at Norfolk College of Arts and Technologies. At the age of 17, having left college, he stole the credit card of a family friend and spent three months in prison.
Vowing to change his ways, he signed up at City College, Norwich, vowing to study hard enough to gain entrance to Cambridge University. He did just that, winning a scholarship to Queens' College. At Cambridge, he was a member of the Cambridge Footlights and also appeared on University Challenge.
Life in the Public Eye: Stephen Fry began his TV career with The Cellar Tapes in 1982. The show also featured Hugh Laurie, Tony Slattery and Emma Thompson. The BBC soon offered Fry and Laurie their own show, which was named The Crystal Cube. They also appeared in The Young Ones, which starred Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson as well as an appearance in Ben Elton's Happy Families.
In 1986, the BBC commissioned the sketch show A Bit of Fry and Laurie. The series lasted for four series, between 1986 and 1995. During that time, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie also appeared in the Blackadder comedy series, starring Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson.
Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie then worked together again on Jeeves and Wooster, a series of adaptations of P.G. Wodehouse's writings.
In 2000, Stephen Fry landed the role of Professor Bellgrove in the TV adaptation of Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast. The series also featured Johnathan Rhys Meyers and Christopher Lee.
2003 saw Stephen Fry begin to host the panel show QI, a hugely successful show, which features Alan Davies as a permanent panelist.
Stephen Fry has also presented a number of documentaries, including 2006's The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive and 2007's HIV and Me. He has also been the subject of the BBC genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? which traced his Slovak Jewish roots. In 2009, Fry featured in Last Chance to See, with Mark Carwardine, to honour the work that Carwardine had previously done with the author Douglas Adams.
The ITV1 series Kingdom had Fry at the helm as executive producer. The show ran from 2007-9 and starred Hermione Norris, Karl Davies and Phyllida Law.
Stephen Fry appeared in a number of films in the 1980s, including The Good Father and John Cleese's A Fish Called Wanda. In 1992, he starred in Kenneth Branagh's Peter's Friends. Two years later, he portrayed Oscar Wilde in Wilde. He then went on to play a detective on Robert Altman's Gosford Park, which also starred Michael Gambon, Richard E. Grant, Maggie Smith and Helen Mirren.
Fry's directorial film debut came in 2003 with Bright Young Things, an adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies. The film starred Emily Mortimer, Michael Sheen and James McAvoy.
In 2009, Stephen Fry appeared in Tim Burton's film version of Alice In Wonderland, alongside Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp.
Stephen Fry has also had a successful career, though one incident for which he is often remembered is his sudden departure from Simon Gray's 1995 play, Cell Mates. Fry disappeared for three days and later blamed the incident on severe stage fright.
He is also the author of a number of works of fiction and non-fiction. His debut novel, The Liar, was published in 1993. He has also written Making History, The Star's Tennis Balls and The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within. He now writes a technology column in the Saturday Guardian newspaper. An enthusiast of the social networking site Twitter, he announced in 2010 that he was switching off his connections with the outside world, so that he could write a second volume of his autobiography.
The quiz show stalwart handed over the show's reins to Sandy Toksvig
After 13 wonderful years fronting the immensely popular QI, host Stephen Fry bowed out and now his long-time friend and fellow panellist Alan Davies has revealed budget cuts and a tight schedule caused the comedic favourite to call it a day.
Stephen Fry has given up his QI hosting seat after 180 episodes
Davies explained the 59-year-old felt he could no longer continue with the show after 180 episodes due to the long working hours.
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Actor, writer and musician Hugh Laurie was joined by numerous friends and colleagues including Diane Farr, David Shore, The Copper Bottom Band, Stephen Fry and Pepper MaShay as he was honoured with his own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Highland Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 25th October 2016
Acclaimed filmmaker Whit Stillman reunites the stars of his 1998 drama The Last Days of Disco, Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, for what might be the most entertaining big-screen Jane Austen adaptation ever. Based on her novella Lady Susan, this is a lacerating social comedy packed with hugely engaging characters. It brilliantly captures Austen's gift for crisply astute comedy, giving everyone in the gifted cast a chance to shine.
Set in 1790s England, the story centres on Lady Susan (Beckinsale), who has been recently widowed and now needs to sort out a hopefully lucrative future. First, she sets out to find a wealthy, dim-witted man to marry her spoiled daughter Frederica (Morfydd Clark), and the dorky Sir James (Tom Bennett) is the perfect candidate. For herself, she sets her sights on the gorgeous, gullible Reginald (Xavier Samuel), the younger brother of her sister-in-law Catherine (Emma Greenwell), who's the only person who can see through Susan's scheming. Through all of this, Susan's only confidant is her American friend Alicia (Sevigny), who is sensibly married to an older man (Stephen Fry). And of course, Susan's plans simply refuse to go as she expects.
Beckinsale is terrific in the role as a sexy cougar who keeps all the men around her happy with blatant flattery. She understands the way to a man's heart, and isn't afraid to exploit everyone around her to make sure that she and Frederica are set up for life. Beckinsale gets this balance of charm and contempt exactly right, and her riotously sharp wit easily wins over the audience. The cast around her is just as good, engaging with Susan in fabulous wordplay, unable to resist being manipulated by her charisma. As the two targets of Susan's strategy, Bennett and Samuel are particularly strong. Bennett's bumbling James is simply the funniest thing on-screen this year, while Samuel manages to keep Reginald sweetly charming and never dull.
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As Alice is once again taken into the magical and mysterious world that she's somehow connected to, Alice finds herself with her friends on the other side of the looking glass. Through Alice doesn't really know why, she's attached to the peculiar world and its inhabitants but her latest visit will put the young girl in grave danger.
The Red Queen has gained a dangerous new ally who is out to find the young blonde haired girl. As the clock ticks and tocks, the game of kings becomes a whole new reality and Alice must find a way to beat her opponents.
Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass is based on the characters from Lewis Carroll's novel and is produced by Tim Burton. The Muppets director James Bobin directs the feature film.
The comedian has deactivated his account after facing criticism following a joke he made during Sunday night’s BAFTAs.
Stephen Fry has said he’s ‘free at last’ after deactivating his twitter account. Fry quit twitter following Sunday night’s BAFTA awards, after he came under fire for referring to costume designer Jenny Beavan as a ‘bag lady’.
Stephen Fry feels free after leaving twitter.
Blogging on his website Fry said: ‘It’s no big deal – as it shouldn’t be. But yes, for anyone interested I have indeed deactivated my twitter account. I’ve ‘left’ twitter before, of course: many people have time off from it whether they are in the public eye or not. Think of it as not much more than leaving a room.’
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Fry was also criticised for a joke he made about Best Actor nominee Eddie Redmayne.
Stephen Fry has deleted his twitter account after coming under fire for a joke he made while hosting the BAFTA awards on Sunday evening (February 14th). Fry, who has hosted the awards ceremony for 10 years, had hit back at the online critics before removing his twitter account completely.
Stephen Fry has deleted his twitter account.
After costume designer Jenny Beavan won the Best Costume Design award for her work on Mad Max: Fury Road, Fry joked: “Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to an awards ceremony dressed as a bag lady.”
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Fry married comedian Elliot Spencer in January 2015.
Stephen Fry has opened up about his first year of marriage, describing it as ‘terrific’ and ‘fabulous’. The 58-year-old celebrated his first wedding anniversary with husband Elliot Spencer last month and said that a year into their marriage the relationship still ‘gets better every day’.
Stephen Fry has described his first year of marriage as ‘terrific’.
Appearing on ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’, Fry said: “I still am [married]. I think that may be a record in show business. It’s fabulous. It’s terrific, it gets better every day. I’ll sound really childish if I keep doing this but it’s like a miracle really, it’s just such a wonderful thing.”
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Fry went missing for several days in 1995, during a run of West End play ‘Cell Mates’.
Comedian Stephen Fry has opened up about his disappearance in 1995, saying he would have ended his own life if he didn’t have the option of vanishing for a while. The 58-year-old was speaking as part of BBC documentary ‘Stephen Fry: A Life On Screen’ which airs tonight (December 29th) on BBC Two.
Stephen Fry has spoken about his 1995 disappearance.
Fry disappeared in 1995 just three days before he was due to star in Cell Mates on London’s West End. At the time a spokesperson for his agent said, “We are concerned about him” and confirmed they did not know the comedian’s whereabouts.
The 'QI' host ran the rule over a selection of hit singles from 2015, and wasn't particularly impressed by most of it.
Stephen Fry has condemned the state of modern pop music in a new interview, claiming Little Mix to be “horrible” and “toxic” before saying that he’s “not interested” in the state of the pop charts in 2015.
The popular broadcaster and comic actor reviewed a selection of singles released by various artists in 2015 for BBC’s Newsbeat. However, it turns out that Fry isn’t that clued-up on modern pop music, claiming to have “heard of” Adele but very little else.
He saved his most savage criticisms for Little Mix, the 2011 winners of ‘The X Factor’, reacting to their recent single ‘Love Me Like You’ by calling it “horrible! It's just bubblegum pop,” he added.
James Blunt, Stephen Fry , Elliott Spencer - Star Wars: The Force Awakens - European film premiere held at the Odeon Leicester Square. at Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 16th December 2015
Alice once again returns to Wonderland and meets a lot of familiar faces. This time her biggest enemy is Time, quite literally. As the Blue Caterpillar reminds her, 'You've been gone too long, Alice there are matters that might benefit from your attention. Friends cannot be neglected.' Instead of falling down a rabbit hole, this time Alice gains entry to wonderland through a large mirror which takes her to a topsy-turvy universe which could only be associated with Wonderland. There appear to be a few differences between the book and the new film; whilst Lewis Carol's original version of the book was based six months after the original tale, the inclusion of Time might mean that Linda Woolverton's version make time travel much quicker in Wonderland. Again, Carol used many chess analogies in the book, at the moment its unknown how much this will play a part in the movie. The majority of the lead cast from Tim Burton's 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland including Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen. Alice Through The Looking Glass was directed by James Bobbin who previously worked on the 2011 Muppets film and Muppets Most Wanted.
Stephen Fry is stepping down as the host of ‘QI’.
Stephen Fry is leaving QI. The 58-year-old actor and comedian is stepping down as the host of the popular BBC show as of next year. Fry has described the job as the “best in television” but simply feels it is time for him to move on.
Stephen Fry arriving at Chiltern Firehouse in London, July 2015.
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Date of birth
24th August, 1957
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