Stephen Fry born 24 August 1957
Stephen Fry is an English comedian, author, actor and filmmaker, who initially came to prominence in collaboration with fellow comic and actor, Hugh Laurie.
He is also successful as a voiceover artist, narrator, TV quiz show presenter and contestant, and is the hilarious and erudite host of more upmarket awards shows such as the BAFTAs, where his blend of intelligent and old-fashioned witticism combined with modern rudeness consistently amuses - and bewilders - especially the American attendees.
In a 2005 poll to find the Comedian's Comedian he was voted amongst the top 50 comedy acts ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders.
In recent years, Fry has more or less assumed the role of a national treasure in the UK.
Fry struggled to keep his homosexuality secret during his teenage years at public school, and practised a celibate lifestyle for 16 years. Fry currently lives in London with his long-time partner, Daniel Cohen. Fry met Cohen after piecing his life together following a rather public breakdown in 1995, when he had a crisis of confidence following bad reviews for his performance in the play Cell Mates, walking out and fleeing to France - almost ending his career.
Fry has since spoken publicly about his experiences living with bipolar disorder, and has made a documentary about other people's experiences of the condition. Fry has been involved in making further documentaries for the BBC.
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