A classy, well-spoken and much-loved, informed English gent with a vocabulary as grand as his accomplishments.
Fry and Laurie
While at university, Stephen Fry became involved with the Cambridge Footlights, where he met his long-time collaborator Hugh Laurie. As half of the comic double act Fry and Laurie, he co-wrote and co-starred in A Bit of Fry & Laurie, and took the role of Jeeves (with Laurie playing Wooster) in Jeeves and Wooster.
Fry starred in Blackadder II as Lord Melchett, made a guest appearance in Blackadder the Third as the Duke of Wellington, then returned to a starring role in Blackadder Goes Forth, as General Melchett. In the 1988 television special Blackadder’s Christmas Carol, he played the roles of Lord Melchett and Lord Frondo.
Since the publication of his first novel, The Liar (1991), Fry has written three further novels, several non-fiction works and three volumes of autobiography.
Fry has been the reader for the British versions of all of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series of audiobooks. He has also been the reader for Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy film tie-in edition, and has made recordings of his own books, such as The Stars’ Tennis Balls and Moab Is My Washpot, and of works by Roald Dahl, Michael Bond, A. A. Milne, Anthony Buckeridge, Eleanor Updale and Alexander Pushkin.
In 2003, Fry began hosting QI (Quite Interesting), a comedy panel game television quiz show. QI was created and co-produced by John Lloyd, and features permanent panellist Alan Davies. QI has the highest viewing figures for any show on BBC Four and Dave (formerly UKTV G2). In 2006, Fry won the Rose d’Or award for “Best Game Show Host” for his work on the series.
Stephen Fry has appeared in numerous advertisements – either on-screen or in voice-over – starting with an appearance as “Count Ivan Skavinsky Skavar” in a 1982 advert for Whitbread Best Bitter.
He’s gone on to appear in adverts for brands and companies such as Marks and Spencer, Twinings, Kenco, Vauxhall, Honda, Direct Line, Calpol, Heineken, Alliance & Leicester (a series of adverts which also featured Hugh Laurie), After Eights, Trebor, Panama cigars, Virgin Media and Orange Mobile.