Stephen Fry profile

We salute Stephen Fry, one of the country's wittiest comedy all-rounders, famous for his Blackadder turns as Lord and General Melchett, presenting Quite Interesting factoids, and for being a top tweeter, playwright and comedian.

Stephen Fry

Who is Mr Fry?

The son of inventor Alan Fry, Stephen grew up in Norfolk with his brother, Roger and sister, Jo. He attended both Uppingham School and Stout's Hill before heading to Queens College, Cambridge in 1979. Just before entering full time student life, though, Fry spent three months in Pucklechurch prison for credit card fraud. He finished his degree with a 2:1 in English in 1982. Just two years later Fry became a millionaire thanks to his rewrite of the musical "Me and My Girl" which also earned him a nomination for a Tony award. His career took off with a bang and throughout the 80's he worked in TV, radio and wrote a column in the Daily Telegraph. A familiar face without a doubt, probably better known for his parts in Blackadder, Jeeves and Wooster and now the voice of the Harry Potter movies narrator.

Friends of old

They say the best friends you make are at university. It seems to be the case for Fry and friends. At Cambridge Stephen was a member of the Cherubs drinking club, as well as a member of Footlights where he met Emma Thompson, Tony Slattery, Martin Bergmann, and Hugh Laurie. It was Emma Thompson who introduced Fry to Laurie and the pair embarked on a fruitful friendship and writing partnership in 1981. Their work made them a name at May Week, at the Edinburgh Festival, and even took them on a three month tour of Australia. The cooperation continued well into their careers and most notably with Jeeves and Wooster.

Room 101

When Stephen Fry guested on Room 101, we discovered what he just can't stand. The comic genius with an academic side admits his pet hates are Microsoft, New Age gear, novelty plates and "late-night review shows on which self-appointed experts pontificate pompously". You'd be hard pushed to find someone to disagree with him on those!

Terence Higgins Trust

Stephen has long been a supporter of the Terence Higgins Trust. The charity is the leading HIV and AIDS charity in the UK and the largest in Europe. One of the first of its kind, the trust was set up in 1982 to respond to the HIV epidemic by friends of Terry Higgins. He was one of the first people in the UK to die with AIDS and his loved ones set up the trust in an attempt to personalise and humanise AIDS.