National treasure and polymath, Stephen Fry is an actor, comedian, director and writer who has earned widespread recognition and affection for his remarkable contributions to various artistic and intellectual realms. Rising to fame in the 80s and 90s as one half of the iconic comedy duo Fry and Laurie alongside Hugh Laurie, Fry’s sharp wit and comic timing have made him a standout candidate for hosting and chairing events.
Fry’s impressive career extends across film, with notable roles in movies like “Wilde,” which garnered him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor, “Gosford Park,” “Love & Friendship,” “Chariots of Fire,” “A Fish Called Wanda,” and many more. He is also celebrated for his television work, starring in beloved series such as “A Bit of Fry & Laurie,” “Jeeves and Wooster,” and “Blackadder.”
Fry’s talents extend to writing, with four novels, non-fiction books and three volumes of autobiography to his name, including “Moab Is My Washpot,” “The Fry Chronicles,” and “More Fool Me.” His fiction works, like “The Liar,” “The Hippopotamus,” and “Making History,” have received critical acclaim, with “The Hippopotamus” adapted into a film in 2017.
Fry is also recognized for his voice-over work, notably lending his distinctive voice to all seven Harry Potter novels for the UK audiobook recordings, as well as narrating popular video games like LittleBigPlanet and Birds of Steel.
He has produced and hosted several documentary series, including the Emmy Award-winning “Stephen Fry – The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive,” where he explored his own experience with bipolar disorder, and the travel series “Stephen Fry in America.” His prolific output extends to the digital realm, where his blog and website attract 1.3 million visitors per month, and he boasts a Twitter following of 10.8 million.
Fry’s impact transcends his creative endeavours, as he utilizes his platform to address significant issues, such as discrimination in the entertainment industry, racism and mental health. His ability to capture and engage his audience is apparent in his moving and insightful speeches on these topics.
Over his illustrious career, Stephen Fry has received a multitude of awards and honours, from Commander of the Order of the Phoenix (yes, it exists!) for his contributions to knowledge about Greece and UK-Greece relations to the Best Presenter award at the Royal Television Society Programme. Additionally, he was awarded the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University and was voted the Most Intelligent Man on Television by readers of Radio Times, among numerous other accolades. With his wealth of talent and knowledge, Stephen Fry is more than capable of taking his audience on an engaging journey through a wide range of speaking topics.