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->''Thou shalt not question Stephen Fry.''
-->-- '''Dan Le Sac''' vs '''Scroobius Pip''', "Thou Shalt Always Kill"

A man of intense intelligence and great coolness, Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) has just stood down, after fifteen years, as the host of ''Series/{{QI}}'' and starred in ''Series/{{Kingdom}}'', about the life of a rural lawyer. He has also written and contributed to several books, namely ''Literature/TheLiarNovel'', ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_BlTirOD3o&feature=channel_video_title The Stars' Tennis Balls.]]'',''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxLnbGYAE5s The Hippopotamus.]]'' and ''Literature/MakingHistory'' (a time travel story about [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct erasing Hitler from existence]]), as well as three autobiographies ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poECor3_-lg&feature=related Moab Is My Washpot]]'', ''The Fry Chronicles'' and ''More Fool Me'', and ''The Book of General Ignorance''. He is very much the modern day Creator/OscarWilde (though he's English) and is generally considered a British national treasure.

A Cambridge graduate and a personal friend of Creator/JKRowling (he won a Talkie for his reading of the Literature/HarryPotter unabridged audio-books)[[note]]Fry narrates the UK versions, fellow actor Creator/JimDale narrates the American versions[[/note]], he has appeared as [[GenerationXerox several Melchetts]] in ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'', played Jeeves in ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'', portrayed Creator/OscarWilde in ''{{Film/Wilde}}'', and starred as Fry in ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie''. His reading of the Literature/HarryPotter audiobooks is a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for his acting abilities. Not only is his voice acting superb, the sheer breadth and convincingness of the accents he puts on for the various characters is stunning. Excellent accents are a particular quality of his.

He is openly gay (90% gay anyway) - [[StraightGay which might surprise some people]] - and open about having bipolar disorder. His early life resulted in him doing three months in prison for credit card fraud. On his release, he got a scholarship to Cambridge and joined the Cambridge Footlights, where he met Creator/HughLaurie through [[Creator/EmmaThompson a mutual friend]].

It is a sign of how well liked he is that when he vanished from a stage production he was a part of, literally missing his cue, and couldn't be found in the building, the British Tabloids published concerned articles asking him to come home, rather than the usual cruel mockery an actor would have got for such highly advanced stage fright. He only got a token mocking when he turned up in Belgium.

He also has a recurring role in ''Series/{{Bones}}''. He appeared in ''Film/VForVendetta'' (as Gordon Deitrich, a [[spoiler:closeted]] comedy television show host), as the title character in the satirical series ''Series/ThisIsDavidLander,'' as the Guide in the film version of ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' (mostly as a favor to the family of his late friend Creator/DouglasAdams) in which he also displayed his awesome musical talents in the soundtrack with the bonus techno-rap song "Reasons to Be Miserable", is the narrator of the ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet'' video game series (reprising the role in ''VideoGame/PlayStationAllStarsBattleRoyale''), and voiced the narrator in ''WesternAnimation/{{Pocoyo}}'', Hedonistic SociopathicHero Reaver in the ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'' games, and played the main character of ''Radio/AbsolutePower''. He made his directorial debut in 2003 with the film ''Film/BrightYoungThings'', for which he also wrote the screenplay, adapted from Creator/EvelynWaugh's 1930 novel ''Vile Bodies''.

He's produced and [[CozyVoiceForCatastrophes hosted]] three very personal documentaries, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4NuxGgUQfA HIV and Me]],'' ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQkE56eFyk4 The Secret Life of the Manic-Depressive]]'', and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKPlMjpxqIk Wagner & Me]]'' which concern the result of the aforementioned disappearance to Belgium, eventual diagnosis of bipolar disorder and his difficulties dealing with being a Jew who lost family in the Holocaust and a fan of Music/RichardWagner, a notorious anti-Semite who inspired Hitler. [[note]]all links to trailers[[/note]] He was scheduled to write an episode of ''Series/DoctorWho'', but the idea fell through due to time constraints on his part, though he ended up married to River Song. (Or so the Doctor claims)

%% Any comparisons with Morgan Freeman will be nuked without mercy.
In addition, he has [[CozyVoiceForCatastrophes a lovely, comforting voice]].

He has featured on ''Series/TopGearUK'' as the "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car", having [[FormerlyFat lost about seven stone]] before the episode, as he went on a diet, prompting Jeremy Clarkson to ask where the rest of him was.

He also played Mycroft Holmes (Sherlock's older, cleverer, but [[GentlemanSnarker indolent]] brother) in Creator/GuyRitchie's ''[[Film/SherlockHolmesAGameofShadows Sherlock Holmes]]'' sequel. This was something of a PromotedFanboy moment for him, as he says in his autobiography ''Moab Is My Washpot'' that he's been a fan of ''Sherlock Holmes'' since he was a small boy. This promotion was taken to its logical conclusion when, in 2017, he was commissioned by Audible [[https://www.amazon.com/Sherlock-Holmes/dp/B06VWQTBZ9 to narrate]] [[Literature/SherlockHolmes the entire Holmes literary canon]].

As of January 2017 he is starring in American TV sitcom ''Series/TheGreatIndoors'', playing a retired explorer and adventurer trying to get to grips with the fact the magazine he founded is about to die as a print edition, but lives on as a website.

He's [[http://www.stephenfry.com/forum/topic/stephen-knows-the-meaning-of-the-ultimate-answer claimed]] that Creator/DouglasAdams once told him in confidence "[[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy exactly why 42.]]" Apparently, "The answer is fascinating, extraordinary and, when you think hard about it, [[ItMakesSenseInContext completely obvious.]]" However, he has vowed to [[SecretKeeper take the secret with him to the grave]].

A self-confessed techie, averaging [[http://twitter.com/stephenfry about a dozen Tweets per day]], he is also a [[http://www.fsf.org/news/freedom-fry/ vocal supporter of Free Software]] while still being a diehard Apple fanboy, famously purchasing the third Mac sold in the UK after Douglas Adams bought the first two (Adams always insisted it was the other way round but appears to have lost the argument by dint of dying first). He's also been known to use an Android phone as well, and is generally quite adept at social media.

He now has [[http://www.weebls-stuff.com/songs/Stephen+Fry/ his own theme song]], courtesy of the good people known as [[WebAnimation/WeeblAndBob Weebl & co]], which enjoys definite {{Earworm}} status. As you may have surmised from this page, he has a very devoted fan base, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1bXy5pSGJE&feature=related some of whom are just mildly creepy, in a nerdily sweet sort of way]].

In early 2018 he revealed he'd undergone surgery for prostate cancer. Fortunately the surgery seems to have gone well and hope for a positive outcome is good.

Oh, and, apparently, Creator/BrianBlessed calls him "Spunkbubble".

!!Tropes demonstrated by Stephen Fry:
* TheBigGuy: He's officially 6' 4 1/2" and even after losing quite a bit of weight, he still has a husky frame.
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: Whenever he's paired with ''anyone'' in a comedy sketch, it will usually be this, with him obviously playing the tsukkomi. Namely Creator/HughLaurie, though he does it to a certain extent with Alan Davies on ''Series/{{QI}}'' as well.
* ClusterFBomb: Despite his genteel demeanor, he holds the UK record for most uses of the F-word in a live broadcast -- about 70 within a minute and a half.
* CoolOldGuy
* GentlemanSnarker: Many of the characters he plays are this, and he can be quite a good one in real life too.
* LargeHam: He's a pretty accomplished Thespian when he wants to be, but when the mood takes him he can give Creator/BrianBlessed a run for his money. See his performance as Wellington and as General Melchett (both from the Series/BlackAdder franchise) as proof.
* {{Luvvies}}: The TropeNamer, at least according to the ''OED''.
* ManOfAThousandVoices: As mentioned above, he can imitate almost any accent flawlessly, even within the same country. For example, name any American state you can think of, and he'll probably be able to give you an excellent impression of the accent of said state. Having actually been to every state in America probably helped with that, though he could do it pretty well before he made that TV program too.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: He sometimes does this in his writing, usually through DescriptionPorn. For instance, in ''The Fry Chronicles'', he devotes the better part of three pages to the preparation, lighting, and use of a DistinguishedGentlemansPipe.
* PersonaNonGrata: Was once thrown out of Salt Lake City [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeJ3VTtvGG4&list=PLRKLMwq_5oJGHfcdSkl4Qz8ZYmvzInMma because of sarcasm.]]
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Creator/HughLaurie, even serving as both Laurie's best man and godfather of his three children.
* PrecisionFStrike: He doesn't resort to swearing that often (though he has no problem with it), so when he does drop one of these it has quite an impact. One notable example happened on his podcast when he went off on a rant on the BBC [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Compliance officers]] (Compliance with what, with being an arsehole?). It ended with:
--> [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLCUyxbSdWM WHY DON'T THEY JUST TELL THEM TO]] '''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLCUyxbSdWM FUCK OFF]]'''?!
** In ''Series/{{QI}}'', when getting into an argument with Rich Hall over why no there were no classic romantic songs dedicated to the Second Moon, he shouted, "BECAUSE IT WAS DISCOVERED IN NINETEEN-NINETY-FUCKING-FOUR!"
** Utters a heart-breaking one in ''Series/WhoDoYouThinkYouAre'' upon finding out that relatives perished in the Holocaust.
** In fact, Fry holds the UK record for most uses of the word "fuck" in a live broadcast (about [[ClusterFBomb seventy times in a minute and a half]]), while making a point about censorship. He remarks, "It didn't get a single complaint, I think, because [[SophisticatedAsHell of my voice and manner]]."
* SadClown: Has been quite open about his struggles with depression and the effect its had on him, from the aforementioned disappearance to drug addiction to suicide attempts.
* TheSmartGuy: Often plays these characters. Quite understandable, as he is very clever himself.
* SequelHook: His second autobiography ''The Fry Chronicles'' ends in 1987 with what is effectively [[TheStinger a stinger]] referring to his first experience of taking cocaine.
* SophisticatedAsHell: He can sound posh even when dropping an f-bomb. He's fluent in Latin and has an accent the Royal Family would envy. Really, you could be forgiven for thinking the man was a lord.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: His name is Stephen (British spelling), not Steven (American spelling). Fans of his '''will''' correct you if you get it wrong.
* TakeThat: Was on the receiving end of a playful one from Creator/JKRowling. When Fry was recording the audiobook for ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', he had trouble pronouncing the phrase "Harry pocketed it." Finally he phoned Rowling to ask if she could revise the book to say "Harry put it in his pocket." Rowling considered a moment and replied "[[BluntYes No]]"-- and then included the phrase "Harry pocketed it" word for word in ''each of the next four books of the series.''
* VerbalTic: "Baah!" (sometimes written as "M'aaah!") - actually [[Series/{{Blackadder}} General Melchett's]], but it's used in impressions of Stephen himself so often that you'd be forgiven for thinking it was his, and Stephen frequently makes reference to it.

Now go back and reread this entire page in Stephen's voice, if you haven't been doing so already. Cheerio!