Fry, Stephen 1957–

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FRY, Stephen 1957–


Full name, Stephen John Fry; born August 24, 1957, in Hampstead, London, England; son of Alan John (a physicist and inventor) and Marianne Eve (maiden name, Newman) Fry. Education: Queens' College, Cambridge University, 2:1 degree in English, 1981; also attended Norwich City College and Norfolk College of Arts and Technology. Politics: Labour Party. Religion: Jewish. Avocational Interests: Pressing wild flowers, cricket, Macintosh computers, and Internet.

Addresses: Agent—Hamilton Hodell, Ltd., 24 Hanway St., First Floor, London W1T 1UH, United Kingdom.

Career: Actor, comedian, producer, director, and writer. The Listener, columnist, 1988–89, then The Daily Telegraph, 1990—?; Dundee University, rector; Studio 3 and Freeze, patron; appeared in commercials for Kenco Coffee, 2001, Orange, 2003, Vauxhall Meriva, 2003, Orange TRY, 2003, After Eight mints, Heineken, and Alliance & Leicester.

Member: Amnesty International, Comic Relief, Groucho Club (charter member).

Awards, Honors: Scotsman Fringe First Award, Edinburgh Festival, 1980, for Latin; Perrier Award, 1981, for The Cellar Tapes; Antoinette Perry Award nomination (with others), best book (musical), Drama Desk Award (with others), outstanding book of a musical, 1987, both for Me and My Girl; Honorary LL.D., Dundee University, 1995; Golden Space Needle Award, best actor, Seattle International Film Festival, 1998, Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a motion picture—drama, Golden Satellite Award nomination, best actor in a motion picture—drama, 1999, all for Wilde; Online Film Critics Society Award (with others), best ensemble, Florida Film Critics Award (with others), best ensemble, The Actor Award (with others), outstanding performance by the cast of a theatrical motion picture, 2001, Screen Actors Guild Award (with others), outstanding performance by the cast of a theatrical motion picture, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award (with others), best acting ensemble, 2002, all for Gosford Park; Douglas Hickox Award nomination, British Independent Film Awards, 2003, for Bright Young Things; Pipesmoker of the Year, 2003; TV Award nomination, best entertainment performance, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 2004, for QI.


Film Appearances:

Himself, "Dangervision," Dangerous Brothers Present: World of Danger, 1986.

Creighton, The Good Father, Skouras, 1987.

Himself, The Secret Policeman's Third Ball, Miramax, 1987.

(Uncredited) Himself (in AIDS sketch), Kung–Fu Master, 1987.

Hatchison, A Fish Called Wanda, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artist, 1988.

Reggie, A Handful of Dust, New Line Cinema, 1988.

Daniel Davenport, Old Flames, 1989.

Peter Morton, Peter's Friends, Samuel Goldwyn, 1992.

God, Sylvia Hates Sam, 1993.

Wimborne, The Steal, 1994.

James Moreland, I.Q., Paramount, 1995.

Mybug, Cold Comfort Farm, Gramercy, 1995.

The judge, The Wind in the Willows (also known as Mr. Toad's Wild Ride), Columbia, 1996.

Oscar Wilde (title role), Wilde (also known as Oscar Wilde), Dove International, 1996.

Judge, Spice World, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1997.

Sir Henry Hawkins, The Tichborne Claimant, Redbus Film Distribution, 1998.

Pinder, A Civil Action, Buena Vista, 1998.

Dr. Peter Robinson, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?, USA Films, 1999.

Bishop Flavius Melchett, Melchett, General Melchecus, and Wellington, Blackadder Back & Forth, 1999.

Frazer Crane, Best, 1999.

Frederick Crestwell, Relative Values, First Look Pictures Releasing, 2000.

Duke of Wellington, Sabotage! (also known as Sabotage!! and Sabotaje), 2000.

Himself, A Profile of "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp," 2000.

Nigel Steele (therapist), Londinium (also known as Four Play and Fourplay), The Asylum, 2001.

Onno, The Discovery of Heaven (also known as De Ontdekking van de hemel), 2001.

Inspector Thompson, Gosford Park, USA Films, 2001.

Himself, The Very Best of Have I Got News for You, Vision Collection International, Ltd., 2002.

Sir Anthony Silk, Thunderpants (also known as Donderbroek and L'incroyable histoire de Patrick Smash), 2002.

Chauffeur, Bright Young Things, ThinkFilm, 2003.

Piers Janely, Le divorce, Twentieth Century–Fox, 2003.

Pedro, Tooth, 2004.

Himself, From the Bottom Up, Paramount, 2004.

Film Work:

Executive producer and director, Bright Young Things, ThinkFilm, 2003.

Television Appearances; Series:

Alfresco, 1982–1984.

Dr. De Quincy, Happy Families, 1985.

Himself and various characters, Saturday Live, 1986–1987.

Lord Melchett, Blackadder II (also known as Black–Adder II), 1986.

Title role, This Is David Lander, 1988.

Various characters, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, 1989–1991.

General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett, Blackadder Goes Forth, 1989.

Reginald Jeeves, Jeeves and Wooster, PBS, 1990.

Jeeves and host, Jeeves and Wooster, Series II, PBS, 1992.

Jeeves, Jeeves and Wooster, Series III, PBS, 1993.

Jeeves, Jeeves and Wooster, Series IV, PBS, 1994.

Host, A Christmas Night with the Stars, 1994.

Voice of Cowslip, Watership Down, YTV, 1999.

Narrator, Fire Island, 1999.

Himself, The Sketch Show Story (also known as Victoria Wood's Sketch Show Story), BBC, 2001.

Voice of the psychiatrist, Baddiel's Syndrome, 2001.

Voice of Maurice, Da Mob (animated), Fox Family, 2001.

Host, QI (also known as Quite Interesting), BBC, 2003.

Charles Prentiss, Absolute Power, 2003.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Controller, Radio two, In the Red, 1998.

Sir Kenhelm Digby, Longitude, 2000.

Professor Bellgrove, Gormenghast, 2000.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Number two, The Laughing Prisoner, 1987.

King Charles I, Blackadder: The Cavalier Years, 1988.

Lord Melchett/Lord Frondo, Blackadder's Christmas Carol, Arts and Entertainment, 1988.

Daniel Davenport, Old Flames, 1989.

Narrator, Mr. Roadrunner, 1991.

James Forrester, Stalag Luft, 1993.

Juvenal, Laughter and Loathing, 1995.

Voice of Jaspar the Owl, The Magician's House, BBC, 1999.

Maurice Woodruff, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, HBO, 2004.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Derek, Fortysomething, ITV, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Various characters, Cambridge Footlights Revue, 1982.

Various roles, The Crystal Cube, 1983.

Himself, Weekend in Wallop, 1984.

Himself, Hysteria! Hysteria! Hysteria!, 1988.

Himself, A Night of Comic Relief 2, 1989.

Himself, The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball, 1989.

Himself, Hysteria 2!, 1989.

Backstage at Masterpiece Theatre: A 20th Anniversary Special, PBS, 1991.

Himself, Don't Panic, 1992.

Himself, Comic Relief: The Invasion of the Comic Tomatoes, 1993.

Humphrey Taylor, Common Pursuit, PBS, 1992.

Himself, An Audience with Bob Monkhouse, 1994.

(Uncredited) Himself, An Audience with Elton John, 1997.

Himself, Carry on Darkly, 1998.

King Charles II, A Royal Birthday Celebration, 1998.

Himself, Live from the Lighthouse, 1998.

Himself, The Book Quiz, 1998.

Himself, The Comedy Trail: A Shaggy Dog Story, BBC, 1999.

Himself, The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything, BBC, 1999.

Host, Elizabeth Taylor: A Musical Celebration, 2000.

Himself, Comic Relief Short Pants, 2001.

Host, The Orange British Academy Film Awards, 2001.

Himself, Comic Relief: Say Pants to Poverty, BBC, 2001.

Himself, Comic Relief Presents: Have I Got Buzzcocks All Over, 2001.

Himself, Judi Dench: A BAFTA Tribute, 2002.

Host, The Orange British Academy Film Awards, E! Entertainment Television, 2002.

Presenter, "They Think It's a Question of Sport," Sport Relief, 2002.

Himself, 40 Years of University Challenge, BBC, 2002.

Host, The Orange British Academy Film Awards, 2003.

Andre Breton, Surrealismo: The Trial of Salvador Dali, BBC4 and BBC2, 2002.

Himself—University Challenge, Comic Relief 2003: The Big Hair Do, BBC, 2003.

Host, BAFTA TV Awards 2004, 2004.

Himself, Bob Monkhouse: A BAFTA Tribute, 2004.

Narrator, The Two Loves of Anthony Trollope, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Lord Snot, "Bambi," The Young Ones, 1984.

Alas Smith & Jones, 1985.

The Lenny Henry Show, 1985.

Himself, Wogan, 1986.

P'Farty, Filthy, Rich and Catflap, 1987.

The Duke of Wellington, "Duel and Duality," Blackadder the Third, 1987.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?, 1988, 1997.

Piers Lonsdale, "The Haltemprice Bunker," The New Statesman, 1989.

Rita Rudner, 1990.

Himself, "Douglas Adams," The South Bank Show, 1992.

Himself, Have I Got News for You, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2001.

Oscar Wilde, "Oscar," Ned Blessing: The Story of My Life and Times, 1993.

Himself, "John Lloyd's A–Z of Comedy: Part 1," The South Bank Show, 1993.

"The Hunt for the Red Fox," Woof!, 1993.

Himself, Clive Anderson Talks Back, 1993.

Himself, The Unpleasant World of Penn and Teller, 1994.

Himself, Sunday Night Clive, 1994.

Brigadier Blaster Sump, "Kids Today," The Thin Blue Line, 1995.

Himself, Shooting Stars, 1996, 1997.

Himself, Clive Anderson All Talk, 1996, 1997.

Himself, TFI Friday, 1996.

Himself, They Think It's All Over, 1997.

Himself, Late Lunch, 1998.

Himself, So Graham Norton, 1998.

Himself, Bill Bryson: Notes from a Small Island, 1999.

Richard Whiteley Unbriefed, 1999.

Himself, Parkinson, BBC, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003.

Himself, The Johnny Vaughan Film Show, 1999.

Himself, The Priory, Channel 4, 2000.

Himself, Countdown, 2000.

Himself, Late Night Poker, 2000.

Himself, Room 101, 2001.

Himself, "Douglas Adams: The Man Who Blew Up the World," Omnibus, BBC, 2001.

Himself, "Whacko!," Bob Martin, 2001.

Himself, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, BBC, 2002.

Himself, The Kumars at No. 42, BBC, 2002.

Himself, Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, ITV, 2003.

Himself, Top Gear, BBC, 2003.

Himself, Rove Live, Ten Network, 2003.

Himself, "Comic Relief," University Challenge, 2003.

Himself, V Graham Norton, 2003.

(In archive footage) Himself, "Stephen Fry," Comedy from Merton to Enfield, 2003.

Himself, Derren Brown: Trick of the Mind (also known as Trick of the Mind), 2004.

Television Work; Specials:

Stage director, Hysteria! Hysteria! Hysteria!, 1988.

Stage director, Hysteria 2!, 1989.

Radio Appearances:

Colour Supplement, BBC, 1985.

Loose Ends, BBC Radio 4, 1985–1988.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?, 1987.

Saturday Night Fry, 1987.

LBC Newstalk, 1990.

In the Red, BBC Radio 4, 1995.

Stage Appearances:

Latin, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1980, then Lyric Hammersmith, London, 1983.

The Cellar Tapes, Edinburgh Festival, 1981, then Lyric Hammersmith, 1983.

Forty Years On, Chichester Festival and Queen's Theatre, London, 1984.

The Common Pursuit, Phoenix Theatre, London, 1988.

Look Look, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1989.

Cell Mates, 1995.

Stage Director:

Hysteria (benefit), 1987, then 1989.


Taped Readings:

The Liar, 1995.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling, 1999.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling, 2000.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling, 2000.

The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time by Douglas Adams, 2002.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling, 2003.

Also read The Vicar of Nibbleswick by Roald Dahl; Vintage Stuff by Tom Sharpe; The Wilt Alternative by Tom Sharpe; Where Angels Fear to Tread by E. M. Forster; Cautionary Verses by Hilaire Belloc; The Hippopotamus; The Best of Fry and Laurie; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling.

Video Games:

Voice of narrator, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 2002.



Gossip, 1983.

Bright Young Things, ThinkFilm, 2003.

Television Movies:

The Laughing Prisoner, 1987.

Television Specials:

Cambridge Footlights Revue, 1982.

The Crystal Cube, 1983.

Hysteria! Hysteria! Hysteria!, 1988.

Hysteria 2!, 1989.

The Orange British Academy Film Awards, E! Entertainment Television, 2002 The Orange British Academy Film Awards, 2003.

Television Episodes:

Wrote episodes of Alfresco; Pushing Up Daisies; A Bit of Fry and Laurie; Saturday Live; Fire Island; Not the Nine O'Clock News, BBC.

Television Writing; Other:

Wrote Mastermind, BBC.


Latin, produced at Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1980, then New End Theater, London, 1989.

(With others) Me and My Girl, produced c. 1984, then Marquis Theatre, New York City, 1986–1988.


(With Cambridge Footlights Dramatic Club) Electric Voodoo, 1980.

(With Cambridge Footlights Dramatic Club) The Cellar Tapes, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1981, then Lyric Hammersmith, London, 1983.


Wrote Injury Time, BBC Radio; Extra Dry Sherrin, BBC Radio; Frybeat, BBC Radio; Lose Ends, BBC Radio; Delve Special, BBC Radio; Saturday Night Fry, BBC Radio.


The Liar, Heinemen, 1991, Soho, 1993.

The Hippopotamus, Hutchinson, 1994, Random House, 1995.

Making History: A Novel, Hutchinson, 1996, Random House, 1997.

The Stars' Tennis Balls Hutchinson, 2000, then published in U.S. as Revenge, Random House, 2002.


(With others) Bloody Lucky: Writing on Cricket, 1990.

Paperweight, Heinemann, 1992.


Moab Is My Washpot, Hutchinson, 1997, published in the U.S. by Random House, 1999.


(With Hugh Laurie) A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Mandarin, 1990.

(With Laurie) A Bit More of Fry & Laurie, Mandarin, 1991.

(With Laurie) Three Bits of Fry & Laurie, Heinemann, 1992.

(With Laurie) Fry and Laurie 4, Mandarin, 1994.

Rescuing the Spectacled Bear, 2002.

Also contributed articles to Arena, London Illustrated News, Tatler, The Independent, and The Listener.



The Advocate, April 28, 1998, p. 58.

Interview, June, 1998, p. 32.

Variety, April 22, 2002, p. 15; February 9, 2004, p. B2.


Stephen Fry Official Site,, June 12, 2004.