Stephen John Fry is an English actor, comedian and writer. He and Hugh Laurie are the comic double act Fry and Laurie. Fry’s film acting roles include playing his idol Oscar Wilde in the film Wilde. He is also known for his roles in television, such as Lord Melchett in the BBC comedy series Blackadder and the title character in the television series Kingdom and Absolute Power.
About Stephen Fry in brief
Stephen John Fry is an English actor, comedian and writer. He and Hugh Laurie are the comic double act Fry and Laurie, who starred in A Bit of Fry & Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster. Fry’s film acting roles include playing his idol Oscar Wilde in the film Wilde. He is also known for his roles in television, such as Lord Melchett in the BBC comedy series Blackadder and the title character in the television series Kingdom and Absolute Power. He was also the longtime host of the BBC television quiz show QI, with his tenure lasting from 2003 to 2016, for which he was nominated for six British Academy Television Awards. He has also written and presented several documentary series, including the Emmy Award-winning Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, which saw him explore his bipolar disorder, and the travel series Stephen Fry in America. In his autobiographical writings and elsewhere, Fry has claimed relationship to the Fry family that founded the eponymous chocolate company, the regicide John Fry ) and the cricketer C. B. Fry. Fry has written four novels and three volumes of autobiography, Moab Is My Washpot, The Fry Chronicles, and More Fool Me. He also reads all seven of the Harry Potter novels for the UK audiobook recordings, narrating the LittleBigPlanet and Birds of Steel series of video games, as well as an animated series of explanations of the laws of cricket.
Fry was born in Hampstead, London, on 24 August 1957 to Marianne Eve Fry and Alan John Fry, a British physicist and inventor. His father was English, and his paternal grandmother had roots in Kent and Cheshire. His maternal grandparents, Martin and Rosa Neumann, were Hungarian Jews who emigrated from Šurany to Britain in 1927. His mother’s aunt and cousins were sent to Auschwitz and Stutthof and never seen again. Fry grew up in the village of Booton near Reepham, Norfolk, having moved from Chesham, Buckinghamshire, at an early age, where he attended Chesham Preparatry School. He took his O-Levels in the summer of 1972 at the age of 14 and passed all except Physics, but was expelled from Uppingham half a term into the sixth form. Fry spent three months in Pucklechurch Prison as a result of being remand and remanded in custody. After two years in Norfolk of Arts and Technology, Fry moved to Norwich City College, studying French and History of Art for his English and French papers. He then went on to study at Norwich City City College and studied English and English Literature for two years. In the summer he absconded with a credit card stolen from a friend, planning to spend the night sleeping rough in a pub, but had taken a coat when leaving a pub. Fry then discovered the card in a pocket but had then discovered that he would sit the summer exams the next day.