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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, he met and worked with Hugh Laurie, who became a lifelong friend and comedy partner.

Fry’s first play, Latin! or Tobacco and Boys received a Scotsman Fringe First
 award and has subsequently been performed around the country. The Cellar Tapes, the Footlights revue he wrote and performed with Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson and Tony Slattery, was televised by the BBC, and thus his hugely successful career in television began.

Fry has continued to make regular film appearances, winning awards for his performances throughout his career.



There followed Alfresco, a comedy series for Granada (along with Laurie, Thompson, Ben Elton and Robbie Coltrane), three series of Blackadder, four series of A Bit of Fry and Laurie (both for BBC) and four series of Jeeves and Wooster for Granada. He has also completed two series of Absolute Power with John Bird for the BBC, Bones for Fox and numerous single dramas for television, including Tom Brown’s Schooldays. In 2008 he starred in an adaption of Ian Rankin’s Doors Open for ITV.

Stephen Fry continues to host the BBC quiz show QI, now in its 10th series, and has also presented Planet Word, Stephen
 Fry on Wagner, Last Chance To See, Stephen Fry In America, Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, HIV And Me and The Machine That Made Us. He has also presented Stephen Fry’s 100 Greatest Gadgets and Stephen Fry: Gadget Man for Channel 4.

Since making his film debut in The Good Father in 1985, Fry has continued to make regular film appearances, winning awards for performances throughout his career. He starred in Kenneth Branagh’s Peter’s Friends and achieved much critical acclaim for his role as Oscar Wilde in Wilde. In 2001, he played the detective in Robert Altman’s Gosford Park. 2003 saw Fry make his directorial debut with Bright Young Things, which he adapted from Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies. He appeared in A Cock and Bull Story (based on the novel Tristram Shandy) in 2005 and portrayed Gordon, a non-conforming TV presenter, in V for Vendetta in the same year.
 

He is well known amongst a younger generation as the reader of the audio book versions of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels.



Most recently, he has appeared as himself in St Trinian’s, played the role of Minister Tormer in Eichmann and served as the voice of the Cheshire Cat in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Stephen Fry has also appeared as Mycroft Holmes in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and will appear in the second film of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy.

As a stage actor he has performed in Alan Bennett’s Forty Years On, Michael Frayn’s Look, Look, and Simon Gray’s The Common Pursuit and Cell Mates. Most recently he has appeared as Malvolio in Twelfth Night at Shakespeare's Globe and, from November 2012, at the Apollo Theatre in the West End.

His work on the revived musical Me and My Girl, which enjoyed lengthy runs on Broadway and in the West End, won him a Drama Circle award and a Tony nomination. Fry is also a celebrated author. His work includes best-selling novels and two volumes of autobiography, as well as a book on poetic form, The Ode Less Travelled. He is well known amongst a younger generation as the reader of the audio book versions of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels.

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