Thursday is Hottie-day here at Vili Flik, and this time our focus is on an intellectual hottie, the one and only Stephen Fry.
Regular readers will be aware that we have featured this amazing man before, when his novel The Stars’ Tennis Balls was our Flik of the Week. But I felt it was also about time he was recognised as the Hottie he is.
Stephen Fry was born in England in 1957 and is an actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet, comedian, television presenter and film director. So, he hasn’t really specialised much… He is also a linguistic wizard (and we are very much pro-words here at Vili Flik), something he often employs in his comedy, as in these examples from the brilliant television show A Bit of Fry and Laurie:
You probably recognise his co-star, Hugh Laurie, who, in addition to being Stephen’s best friend, is also his frequent collaborator.
Although I could probably write for ages about this particular hero of mine, no one describes him quite like the man himself. So, I’ll shamelessly quote from his first autobiography, Moab is my Washpot: “Stephen Fry now lives in London, Norfolk and New York. He no longer steals, cheats or lies nearly as much as he used to. He still talks too much, and he still has an annoying flop of schoolboy hair that seventeen of London’s most expensive and absurd hairdressers have been able to do nothing about. … Fry played Peter in Peter’s Friends, Wilde in the film Wilde,
Jeeves in the television series Jeeves & Wooster,
and (a closely guarded show-business secret, this) Laurie in the television series Fry & Laurie.”
If you’re wondering about that whole stealing-thing, Stephen did actually do time for credit card fraud when he was 17 years old. It’s hard to imagine this now, but his bipolar disorder can probably be blamed for this… I recommend checking out his documentary on the subject, The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive – it’s entertaining, informative and very personal and touching.
In general, I recommend watching, reading and listening to everything this magnificent man has ever done, including his novels, his autobiographies, the Harry Potter audio books, all his television- and film appearances and of course the brilliantly funny and informative show he hosts, QI – Quite Interesting.
I will leave you with a video we have posted on this site once before, but as it is one of my, and our, favourite sketches, featuring not only Stephen, but also the enchanting Emma Thompson, I feel it bears repeating: