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Name: Stephen Fry
DOB: 24 August 1957
Birth Place: Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Claim to fame: Actor, comedian, writer, Twitterer
- At 17, Stephen was arrested for credit card fraud and spent three months in jail
- He holds the record for saying 'f*ck' on British television the most times in one live broadcast
- Stephen has more than 3 million Twitter followers
- He was the last person to be named Pipe Smoker of the Year before the award was discontinued
Hilarious gadget-obsessed polymath, University Challenge-contender and bumbling national treasure Stephen Fry started his comedy career at Cambridge as part of the famous Cambridge Footlights troupe. There he starred alongside Emma Thompson and his future comedy BFF Hugh Laurie.
Following critically acclaimed success at the Edinburgh Festival, the BBC commissioned a sketch show in 1986 that was to become the magnificent A Bit of Fry & Laurie. The programme ran for four series from 1986, with Fry and Laurie doing the soupy twist to national stardom.
Stephen starred in another TV comedy smash, Blackadder II, and played bellowing warmonger General Melchett in Blackadder Goes Forth. Teaming up with Hugh again for the hugely successful Jeeves and Wooster in 1990, Stephen was by now one of the biggest British comedy stars and a household name.
A self-confessed workaholic, he has since humbly bumbled his way to national treasure and legendary Twitter status hosting hit TV quiz QI, publishing bestselling memoirs and novels, starring in the acclaimed Wilde, making his directorial debut with Bright Young Things and Tweeting his way into hot water on several occasions. He also seems to have trouble saying no to anything, and has advertised everything from teabags to Calpol.
As for romance, Stephen was celibate for 16 years from 1979. After 14 years together with Daniel Cohen, he’s since grabbed himself a bright young thing of his own, Steven Webb of The History Boys and Inbetweeners fame, 28 years his junior.