Stephen Fry Biography

Stephen Fry was born on the 24th August 1957 in London to Alan and Marianne Fry, his father was a inventor and physicist. Fry had a intriguing childhood and early adulthood, being expelled from school and spending three months in prison after stealing a credit card. Despite his prison spell, he completed his schooling and attended Queen's College in Cambridge where he joined Cambridge Footlights. It was Cambridge Footlights that brought Fry and his comedic sidekick Hugh Laurie together.

Stephen Fry on Television

Fry appeared in a number of short yet popular TV series at the beginning of his career, mainly partnering with Hugh Laurie. These programs included There's Nothing To Worry About (written by Ben Elton), The Young Ones and another Elton-penned series, Happy Families. In 1986, Fry and Laurie became household names with their BBC sketch show A Bit Of Fry And Laurie, and Fry also appeared in the popular Blackadder comedy alongside Rowan Atkinson.

In 2003 Fry turned his hand to TV game show host when he presented the comedy panel show QI (aka Quite Interesting) for which he won a Rose d'Or as 'Best Game Show Host'. He has also appeared in many documentary series, including Who Do You Think You Are? in which he traced his Slovak Jewish roots.

Stephen Fry, the writer

As well as acting and presenting, Stephen Fry has also put pen to paper and written four novels including The Liar as a well as a poetry writing guide, The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking The Poet Within. He has also written for Tatler, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph as well as creating his own personal blog. He is also an avid-twitter tweeter with over two million followers on the social networking site.