Stephen Fry is an actor, writer and presenter primarily based in the UK. He has stayed in the public eye since his rise to fame in the early 1980s along with fellow Cambridge graduate and co-performer, Hugh Laurie.
Alongside many of his peers, Fry grew an audience of comedy viewers beginning with his work with the Cambridge performance society, Footlights. The society saw some exposure on television and were regulars at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The audience growth and fan following continued for Stephen Fry as he worked closely with Hugh Laurie in shows such as A Bit of Fry and Laurie and Blackadder which saw critical acclaim and played on the BBC for many years as well as seeing some overseas success.
A fondness for gadgets and technology has seen Fry write columns and opinion pieces for many publications, including his own blog, and he was not only an early advocate of Apple’s iPhone, but was a key part of the launch of Windows 8 on mobiles. He also maintains a prominent Twitter presence, the subject of much gentle ribbing amidst other celebrity tweeters.
In 2006 Fry won an Emmy for a documentary entitled “The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive” in which he outlined his own struggles with mental illness and shedding light on an instance in the mid 1990s when he disappeared in the middle of a West End theatre run, contemplating suicide and fleeing to France.
Fry has dabbled in many areas within the media including the aforementioned comedy and theatre but also encompassing film and he is a well respected voice over artist, broadcaster, writer and actor. He still reprises his early success as a comedian from time to time. As of early 2013 his most prolific appearances are as the host of the light-hearted celebrity quiz show, QI but he enjoys constant exposure as he appears on the radio regularly and is a familiar voice-over artist on many television advertisements. He enjoys sport, namely cricket and football (soccer) and he is on the board of Norwich City Football Club.
Stephen Fry is relatively open about his private life and is well known to be homosexual, although he kept this fact quiet until the mid 90s. He is close friends with former colleagues, Rowan Atkinson and Hugh Laurie, and is godfather to Laurie’s children. He is a self-confessed atheist. Witty, intelligent and amenable, Brits are oft hear to refer to him as “a national treasure”.