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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.
In an emotional video diary post to his official website, Fry revealed that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December 2017.
Stephen Fry has revealed that he is battling prostate cancer, in a moving video diary entry posted today.
The 60 year old comedian and television presenter made the announcement in a 12-minute video on his website on Friday morning (February 23rd). He revealed that he was diagnosed with the disease just before Christmas, after visiting his doctor to receive a flu jab.
He is now awaiting the outcome of test results and hopes to be given the all-clear, having undergone an operation to remove his prostate and 11 lymph nodes.
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Fry has hosted the annual BAFTA ceremony from 2001 to 2006, and then again from 2012 to 2016.
The 60 year old presenter and comedian has enjoyed two lengthy periods of hosting the BAFTAs – from 2001 to 2006, following a break during which it was presented by Jonathan Ross, and then from 2012 to 2016.
“Every one of the twelve BAFTA film award ceremonies that I had the privilege of hosting has a place in my memory. The mixture of glamour, glory, drama and - occasionally - embarrassment and hiccup holds a unique place in the British film calendar,” Fry said in a statement on Friday (January 5th).
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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
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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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.
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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The ‘Harry Potter’ author shared the news on Twitter on Wednesday (9th September).
J.K. Rowling has shocked – and devastated - the Harry Potter fandom by admitting everyone has been saying Voldemort’s name incorrectly. We should actually be pronouncing the name without the ‘t’. The 50-year-old author shared the news with her 5.46 million Twitter followers on Wednesday evening (9th September).
J.K. Rowling at the Empire State Building in April 2015.
"Haters gonna hate and fakers gonna fake" say Sir Ian McKellen, Morgan Freeman and many more in the brilliant cut-up video.
The Oxford Union, the debating society at Oxford University is trying to persuade Taylor Swift to travel to the city to give a speech by releasing a hilarious mash-up video of former guest speakers reciting the lyrics to her hit single ‘Shake It Off’.
Stephen Fry kicks off the clip opening with the line “I stay up too late”, before a range of prestigious speakers including Morgan Freeman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Piers Morgan, Richard Dawkins, Sir Ian McKellen, FIFA president Sepp Blatter and ‘Gangnam Style’ singer Psy are cut up and rearranged to recite other key lines from the song. You can check out the clip at the bottom of the page.
Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' is the subject of a brilliant mash-up video by Oxford Uni's debating society
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With a baby on the way, Damon Gameau has decided to experiment with just how bad the supposedly 'healthy' food of the world is for the general public. Having given up sugar entirely a few years ago, Gameau knew that it wasn't likely that his children would do the same thing. This led to the experiment - Gameau won't eat the known 'bad foods' like chocolate, ice cream or soft drinks, but goes for all the food considered to be healthy for people to eat. As his own weight begins to grow over the course of just three weeks, he knows that his child is going to be born into a dangerous world, where obesity is just another factor of life. But does it have to be?
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Stephen Fry drew complaints for his swearing at the BAFTA's.
Stephen Fry appeared to incur the wrath of some of the British public after his performance hosting the BAFTAs on Sunday night (February 8). Fry drew complaints for the apparently excessive swearing in his script and the BBC were forced to issue a statement on the issue.
Stephen Fry [R] and his husband Elliott Spencer [L]
In his opening monologue, Fry said it was "pissing down with stars" and introduced Tom Cruise as "Tom f*cking Cruise".
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Date of birth
24th August, 1957
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