Stephen John Fry (born August 24, 1957) is an English actor, comedian and writer. He and Hugh Laurie are the comic double act Fry and Laurie, who starred in Alfresco (with Robbie Coltrane, Ben Elton, and Emma Thompson), A Bit of Fry & Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster.
His film acting roles include playing his idol Oscar Wilde in the film Wilde (1997), a performance which saw him nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, Inspector Thompson in Robert Altman‘s murder mystery Gosford Park (2001), with Eileen Atkins, Bob Balaban, Alan Bates, Charles Dance, Michael Gambon, Richard E. Grant, Derek Jacobi, Kelly Macdonald, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Northam, Clive Owen, Ryan Phillippe, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Emily Watson; and Mr. Johnson in Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship (2016), with Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, and Emma Greenwell.
Fry also made appearances in Chariots of Fire (1981), with Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nigel Havers, Ian Holm, Lindsay Anderson, John Gielgud, Cheryl Campbell, and Alice Krige; A Fish Called Wanda (1988), with John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, and Michael Palin; and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004), with Geoffrey Rush, Charlize Theron, John Lithgow, and Stanley Tucci; V for Vendetta (2005), with Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, and John Hurt; Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), with Robert Downey Jr. Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Eddie Marsan, and Rachel McAdams; and Peter Jackson‘s adaptation of The Hobbit (2012-2013), with Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, and Christopher Lee.
Other notable film appearances include IQ (1994), with Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan, and Walter Matthau; The Wind and the Willows (1996), with Steve Coogan, Eric Idle and Terry Jones (who also directed); Relative Values (2000), with Julie Andrews, Colin Firth, William Baldwin, Edward Atterton, and Jeanne Tripplehorn; Thunderpants (2002), with Bruce Cook, Rupert Grint, Simon Callow, Paul Giamatti, and Ned Beatty; and Merchant Ivory‘s Le Divorce (2003), with Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts, Leslie Caron, and Glenn Close.
Fry also wrote and directed Bright Young Things (2003), with Emily Mortimer, Stephen Campbell Moore, Stockard Channing, Fenella Woolgar, Michael Sheen, James McAvoy, Dan Aykroyd, David Tennant, Jim Broadbent, Peter O’Toole, Imelda Staunton, and John Mills (in his last film role); and lent his voice to such films as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005), with Freeman, Sam Rockwell, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, Bill Nighy, Anna Chancellor, John Malkovich, and the voices of Helen Mirren, Thomas Lennon, Richard Griffiths, Ian McNeice, Bill Bailey and Alan Rickman, and Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland (2010), with Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, and Matt Lucas.
Fry is also known for his roles in television such as Lord Melchett in the BBC television comedy series Blackadder, the title character in the television series Kingdom, and Absolute Power, as well as a recurring guest role as Dr Gordon Wyatt on the American crime series Bones.
He has also written and presented several documentary series, including the Emmy Award-winning Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, which saw him explore his bipolar disorder, and the travel series Stephen Fry in America. He was also the long-time host of the BBC television quiz show QI, with his tenure lasting from 2003 to 2016 for which he was nominated for six British Academy Television Awards. He also appears frequently on panel games such as Just a Minute, and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue.
Besides working in television, Fry has been a prolific writer, contributing to newspapers and magazines and having written four novels and three volumes of autobiography, Moab Is My Washpot, The Fry Chronicles, and More Fool Me. Fry is also known for his voice-overs, reading all seven of the Harry Potter novels for the UK audiobook recordings, narrating the LittleBigPlanet and Birds of Steel series of video games, as well as an animated series of explanations of the laws of cricket, and a series of animations about Humanism for Humanists UK.
Each review will be linked to the title below.
(*seen originally in theaters)
(*seen rereleased in theaters)
- Chariots of Fire (1981) – directed by Hugh Hudson
- The Crystal Cube (1983) – directed by John Kilby – also co-writer – TV movie
- The Good Father (1985) – directed by Mike Newell
- The Laughing Prisoner (1987) – directed by Chris Gabrin & Geoff Wonfor – also co-writer – TV movie
- A Handful of Dust (1988) – directed by Charles Sturridge
- A Fish Called Wanda (1988) – directed by Charles Crichton
- Peter’s Friends (1992) – directed by Kenneth Branagh
- Stalag Luft (1993) – directed by Adrian Shergold
- IQ (1994) – directed by Fred Schepisi
- Cold Comfort Farm (1995) – directed by John Schlesinger – TV movie
- The Steal (1995) – directed by John Hay
- The Wind in the Willows (1996) – directed by Terry Jones
- Wilde (1997) – directed by Brian Gilbert
- Spice World (1997) – directed by Bob Spiers
- The Tichborne Claimant (1998) – directed by David Yates
- A Civil Action (1998) – directed by Steven Zaillian
- Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? (1999) – directed by Peter Hewitt
- The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything (1999) – directed by Dewi Humphreys – TV movie
- Best (2000) – directed by Mary McGuckian
- Relative Values (2000) – directed by Eric Styles
- Sabotage! (2000) – directed by Esteban & Jose Miguel Ibarretxe
- Four Play (2001) – directed by Mike Binder
- The Discovery of Heaven (2001) – directed by Jeroen Krabbé
- Gosford Park (2001) – directed by Robert Altman
- Surrealissimo: The Trial of Salvador Dalí (2002) – directed by Richard Curson Smith – TV movie
- Thunderpants (2002) – directed by Pete Hewitt
- Bright Young Things (2003) – also director, writer, executive producer
- Le Divorce (2003) – directed by James Ivory
- Tooth (2004) – directed by Edouard Nammour
- The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) – directed by Stephen Hopkins – TV movie
- A Bear Named Winnie (2004) – directed by John Kent Harrison – TV movie
- Tom Brown’s Schooldays (2005) – directed by Dave Moore – TV movie
- MirrorMask (2005) – directed by Dave McKean
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005) – directed by Garth Jennings
- A Cock and Bull Story (2005) – directed by Michael Winterbottom
- V for Vendetta (2005) – directed by James McTeigue
- Stormbreaker (2006) – directed by Geoffrey Sax
- Eichmann (2007) – directed by Robert Young
- St Trinian’s (2007) – directed by Oliver Parker & Barnaby Thompson
- Snow White: The Sequel (2007) – directed by Picha – aka Blanche-Neige, la suite – English dub – UK/Belgium/France
- Tales of the Riverbank (2008) – directed by John Henderson
- House of Boys (2009) – directed by Jean-Claude Schlim
- Alice in Wonderland (2010)* – directed by Tim Burton
- Animals United (2010) – directed by Reinhard Klooss & Holger Tappe – aka Konferenz der Tiere – English dub
- Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins (2011) – directed by Jeremy Dylan
- Holy Flying Circus (2011) – directed by Owen Harris – TV movie
- Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)* – directed by Guy Ritchie
- The Borrowers (2011) – directed by Tom Harper
- A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman (2012) – directed by Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson, & Ben Timlett
- Doors Open (2012) – directed by Marc Evans – also executive producer
- The Look of Love (2013) – directed by Michael Winterbottom
- Super Clyde (2013) – directed by Michael Fresco – TV movie
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) – directed by Peter Jackson
- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) – directed by Peter Jackson
- The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015) – directed by Matthew Brown
- Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) – directed by James Bobin
- Love and Friendship (2016) – directed by Whit Stillman
- The Con Is On (2018) – directed by James Oakley – direct-to-VOD
- Duck Duck Goose (2018) – directed by Chris Jenkins
- Missing Link (2019)* – directed by Chris Butler
- Greed (2019) – directed by Michael Winterbottom