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Stephen Fry

Highest Rated:   98% Love & Friendship (2016)
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Birthplace:   Hampstead, London, England
Actor, comedian, novelist, columnist, noted wit, vocal gay rights advocate, and general bon vivant, Stephen Fry is nothing if not one of the more versatile and outspoken talents to come along in the latter half of the 20th century. Since beginning his creative partnership with Hugh Laurie in 1981, Fry has become a fixture on British television with programs such as A Bit of Fry and Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster. In addition, he has made a number of films and established himself as a respected commentator on the various happenings in British society.Born in London on August 24, 1957, Fry was the second of three children born to a homemaker mother and physicist/investor father. The family moved to Norfolk when Fry was very young and he was sent off for a public school education at the age of eight. Over the course of his education, first at Uppingham and then at Stout's Hill, Fry got into lavish amounts of trouble thanks to his tendency to lie, cheat, and steal, a habit that would land him in jail for three months when he was 18. After serving time at Pucklechurch prison for credit card fraud, Fry began to turn his life around, beginning with an acceptance to Queens College, Cambridge. It was at Cambridge that he began doing comedy, performing with the legendary Cambridge University Footlights Club (previously home to various Monty Python members, among others). Other Footlighters at the time included Emma Thompson, Tony Slattery, and Hugh Laurie, the last of whom was introduced to Fry by Thompson. Fry and Laurie began their collaboration in 1981, performing Footlights revues at various venues around Great Britain, including the Edinburgh Festival, and doing a three month tour of Australia. In 1984, after making occasional television appearances for a couple of years (including a hilarious send-up of the Oxbridge set on an episode of The Young Ones), Fry found great critical and financial success when he was asked to rewrite Noel Gay's Me and My Girl. The stage production, which starred Fry's Cambridge friend Emma Thompson, won wide acclaim, eventually garnering Fry a 1987 Tony nomination. Throughout the remainder of the decade, Fry won fame in his native country for his work on various television and radio shows, and in supporting roles in a number of films. Some of his more notable television work included A Bit of Fry and Laurie (1987) and Rowan Atkinson's Black Adder series, while he made appearances in films such as A Fish Called Wanda (1988) and the same year's A Handful of Dust. Meanwhile, Fry was also gaining recognition for his columns for The Daily Telegraph, as well as a certain amount of notoriety for various well-publicized statements he made in the press. Two of the more memorable of these were a magazine article in which he declared his celibacy and a television appearance where he claimed the U.K. record for saying "f***" the most times in one live broadcast.The 1990s brought more film and television work for Fry, as well as the publication of three best-selling novels The Liar, The Hippopotamus, and Making History, as well as Paperweight, a collection of his columns, and Moab Is My Washpot, his autobiography. In addition to the transatlantic recognition he received for his books, some of the films he appeared in gave him fame beyond the PBS set (who had become further acquainted with him via the acclaimed series Jeeves and Wooster, in which he starred with Laurie). Most memorable of these were: Peter's Friends (1992), in which Fry co-starred with Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, and various members of the Footlights set; John Schlesinger's Cold Comfort Farm (1995); Wilde (1997); Spice World (1998); and A Civil Action (1998). He got particular attention for his work in Wilde, owing both to the filmmakers' decision not to gloss over the details of the Victorian playwright's sex life and to Fry's uncanny physical resemblance to Oscar Wilde, something that

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
30% Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • Cheshire Cat
$77.1M 2016
61% The Man Who Knew Infinity
  • Sir Francis Spring
2016
No Score Yet The Not So Secret Life of the Manic Depressive: 10 Years On
  • Actor
2016
98% Love & Friendship
  • Mr Johnso
$14.1M 2016
No Score Yet Rocky Horror Show Live
  • Actor
2015
65% That Sugar Film
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Mahout: The Great Elephant Walk
  • Actor
2015
59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Master of Laketown
$187.8M 2014
No Score Yet Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: Twelfth Night
  • Actor
2014
74% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Master of Laketown
$180.5M 2013
54% The Look of Love
  • Barrister
$0.3M 2013
33% Escape From Planet Earth
  • Screenwriter
$54.8M 2013
No Score Yet Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: Twelfth Night Encore
  • Actor
2013
79% Wagner & Me
  • Actor
$0.1M 2012
No Score Yet Doors Open
  • Actor
2012
60% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  • Mycroft Holmes
$186.9M 2011
57% House Of Boys
  • Dr. Marsh
2011
No Score Yet March of the Dinosaurs
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Christopher Hitchens In Conversation With Stephen Fry
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet The Borrowers
  • Professor Mildeye
2011
38% Eichmann
  • Minister Tormer
$0.1M 2010
52% Alice in Wonderland
  • Cheshire Cat
$319.4M 2010
No Score Yet Stephen Fry: Wagner And Me
  • Himself (as Presenter)
2010
25% Animals United (Konferenz der Tiere)
  • Socrates
$0.6M 2010
No Score Yet The Water Warriors
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Tales of the Riverbank
  • Owl
2008
No Score Yet One Giant Leap 2: What About Me?
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Alfresco
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Last Of The Dambusters
  • Actor
2008
31% St. Trinian's
  • Himself
2007
No Score Yet Stephen Fry: 50 Not Out
  • Actor
2007
34% Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker
  • Smithers
$0.6M 2006
68% The Magic Flute
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
2006
73% V for Vendetta
  • Deitrich
$70.5M 2006
No Score Yet Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band: 40th Anniversary
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet A Bear Named Winnie
  • Protheroe the Zookeeper
2005
90% Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story
  • St. Patrick Curator/Parson Yorick
$1.2M 2005
54% MirrorMask
  • Librarian
$0.9M 2005
60% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Narrator
$51.1M 2005
No Score Yet Tooth
  • Pedro
2004
77% The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
  • Maurice Woodruff
2004
No Score Yet Tom Brown's Schooldays
  • Actor
2004
65% Bright Young Things
  • Director
  • Chauffer
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
$0.9M 2003
37% Le Divorce
  • Piers Janely
$9.0M 2003
86% Gosford Park
  • Insp. Thompson
$41.3M 2001
No Score Yet The Discovery of Heaven
  • Onno Quist
2001
No Score Yet Londinium
  • Nigel Steele
2001
40% Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?
  • Dr. Peter Robinson
2001
60% Thunderpants
  • Sir Anthony Silk
2001
No Score Yet Longitude
  • Sir Kenhelm Digby
2000
No Score Yet Relative Values
  • Crestwell
2000
No Score Yet Gormenghast
  • Professor Bellgrove
2000
No Score Yet Best
  • Frazer Crane
2000
No Score Yet Winter In Watership Down
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Blackadder Back & Forth
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Journey to Watership Down
  • Actor
1999
60% A Civil Action
  • Pinder
1998
71% Wilde
  • Oscar Wilde
1998
36% Spice World
  • Judge
1998
No Score Yet Tichborne Claimant
  • Hawkins
1998
75% The Wind in the Willows
  • The Judge
1996
83% Cold Comfort Farm
  • Mybug
1996
46% I.Q.
  • James Moreland
1994
No Score Yet Stalag Luft
  • James Forrester
1993
71% Peter's Friends
  • Peter
1992
93% A Fish Called Wanda
  • Hutchison
1988
No Score Yet A Handful of Dust
  • Reggie
1988
No Score Yet Blackadder's Christmas Carol
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Third Ball
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet The Good Father
  • Creighton
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
  • 2017
45% The Great Indoors
2016
  • Roland
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Bones
2005
  • Dr. Gordon Wyatt
  • 2017
  • 2009
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet QI
2003-2016
  • Host
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2009
  • 2006
  • 2003
75% 24: Live Another Day
2014
  • Prime Minister Davies
  • 2014
No Score Yet Kingdom
2014
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Peter Kingdom
  • 2014
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Top Gear
2002
  • Guest
  • Actor
  • 2010
No Score Yet Extras
2005-2007
  • Himself
  • 2007
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Jeeves
  • 1992
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Humphrey Taylor
No Score Yet Stephen Fry in America
2012
  • Appearing
  • Host
  • Actor

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