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Stephen Fry

Stephen FryAKA Stephen John Fry

Born: 24-Aug-1957
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Gay [1]
Occupation: Actor, Comic, Author

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Jeeves and Wooster

In the United Kingdom, Stephen Fry is seen as a veritable renaissance man -- a successful actor, comedian, novelist, playwright, and columnist. Best known for his appearances on television and in films, he is tall and large, funny-faced, and openly gay. In America, Fry is best known as Jeeves from his 1990s sitcom version of P. G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster, which aired in America on PBS. He also played Oscar Wilde in Wilde, and had small roles in Gosford Park and A Civil Action. Sharp-eyed viewers may remember his tiny part in A Fish Called Wanda, or his pivotal turn in V for Vendetta.

Fry's father was a physicist and inventor, and his mother and her Jewish family had immigrated to England prior to World War II. In his mid-teens, when he noticed he was drawn to boys instead of girls, Fry started getting into trouble. He was expelled from three schools, and attempted suicide at sixteen. At seventeen, he was found guilty of credit card fraud and spent three months in prison. He studied English at Cambridge, where his classmates included Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson. It was she who introduced Fry to his long-time comic partner Hugh Laurie, who was Thompson's boyfriend at the time.

With and without Laurie, Fry has been a staple of British television and cinema for decades, dating back to the 1983 Robbie Coltrane sketch comedy show Al Fresco. Fry & Laurie have also appeared in other British shows, including A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Fortysomething, two incarnations of Blackadder, and sundry TV specials and movies.

Fry's books include The Stars' Tennis Balls and Rescuing the Spectacled Bear, the taut thriller Revenge, and his autobiography, Moab Is My Washpot. He is the author of the stage play Latin! or Tobacco and Boys, a pedophilia farce which draws protests wherever it is staged. He is also the narrator of the Harry Potter books on tape and Harry Potter video games. Author J. K. Rowling enjoys hearing him read her books, and attended his recording sessions.


[1] Interview with John Frame, Queer Radio, 7 February 2001: "It gives me enormous pleasure to know that everyone who says hello to me in the street in England also knows that I'm gay and that I have a gay lover -- and that that doesn't affect their view of me. It makes me very proud of myself, but also of my country and how it's changed, and of how people can accept things that they used not to be able to. And that's a genuine pleasure, no question."

Father: Alan John Fry (physicist)
Mother: Marianne Eve Newman
Brother: Roger
Sister: Jo
Boyfriend: Daniel Cohen (long term)

    High School: Stout's Hill, Uppingham
    University:
College of West Anglia
    University: Queen's College, Cambridge University

    The London Daily Telegraph Columnist (1990-)
    Expelled from School
    Suicide Attempt 1995
    Suicide Attempt 2012
    Drug Overdose
    Stomach Pumped
    Fraud stole a credit card in high school, spent three months in prison
    Endorsement of Associated British Foods Twinings Tea
    Cambridge Footlights
    Funeral: Steve Jobs (2011)
    English Ancestry
    Jewish Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Bipolar Disorder, Cocaine

    SPORTS FRANCHISE HISTORY
    Norwich City FC Board of Directors (2010-)

    TELEVISION
    Kingdom Peter Kingdom (2007-09)
    Jeeves and Wooster Jeeves (1990-93)
    Blackadder Goes Forth General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett (1989)
    Blackadder II Lord Melchett (1986)
    A Bit of Fry and Laurie Various Roles (1986-95)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTOR
    Bright Young Things (16-May-2003)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (1-Dec-2014)
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2-Dec-2013)
    The Look of Love (19-Jan-2013)
    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (14-Dec-2011) · Mycroft Holmes
    Wagner & Me (9-Oct-2010) · Himself
    Alice in Wonderland (3-Mar-2010) · Cheshire Cat [VOICE]
    House of Boys (20-Nov-2009)
    St. Trinian's (10-Dec-2007)
    Eichmann (22-Sep-2007)
    Stormbreaker (21-Jul-2006)
    V for Vendetta (11-Dec-2005)
    Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (17-Jul-2005)
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (20-Apr-2005) [VOICE]
    MirrorMask (25-Jan-2005) · Librarian
    Tom Brown's Schooldays (1-Jan-2005)
    The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (21-May-2004)
    Tooth (13-Feb-2004)
    Le Divorce (8-Aug-2003) · Piers Janely
    Bright Young Things (16-May-2003)
    Thunderpants (24-May-2002)
    Gosford Park (7-Nov-2001) · Insp. Thompson
    The Discovery of Heaven (1-Oct-2001)
    Londinium (2-Sep-2001)
    Relative Values (23-Jun-2000) · Crestwell
    Best (1-May-2000)
    Gormenghast (17-Jan-2000)
    Longitude (2-Jan-2000)
    Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? (13-Nov-1999)
    A Civil Action (25-Dec-1998)
    The Tichborne Claimant (Aug-1998)
    Spice World (15-Dec-1997) · Judge
    Wilde (1-Sep-1997)
    The Wind in the Willows (18-Oct-1996)
    The Steal (5-May-1995)
    Cold Comfort Farm (1-Jan-1995) · Mybug
    I.Q. (25-Dec-1994) · James Moreland
    Peter's Friends (18-Sep-1992) · Peter
    A Fish Called Wanda (15-Jul-1988) · Hutchison
    A Handful of Dust (24-Jun-1988) · Reggie
    Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988)
    The Secret Policeman's Third Ball (1987) · Himself
    The Good Father (Nov-1985)

Official Website:
http://www.stephenfry.com/

Author of books:
Paperweight (1992, novel)
The Liar (1993, novel)
The Hippopotamus (1994, novel)
Making History (1996, novel)
Moab Is My Washpot (1997)
The Stars' Tennis Balls (2000, novel)
Revenge (2002, novel)
Rescuing the Spectacled Bear: A Peruvian Diary (2002, travelogue)
Stephen Fry's Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music (2004)
The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within (2005)
Stephen Fry in America (2008, travelogue)
The Fry Chronicles (2010)

Wrote plays:
Latin! Or Tobacco and Boys (1980)


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