Last updated on: 5/18/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Stephen Fry Biography

Title:
Actor, Comedian, Journalist, and President of Mind
Position:
Con to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"
Reasoning:

“[L]et us grieve at what twitter has become. A stalking ground for the sanctimoniously self-righteous who love to second-guess, to leap to conclusions and be offended – worse, to be offended on behalf of others they do not even know. It’s as nasty and unwholesome a characteristic as can be imagined. It doesn’t matter whether they think they’re defending women, men, transgender people, Muslims, humanists… the ghastliness is absolutely the same…

But you’ve let the trolls and nasties win! If everyone did what you did, Stephen, the slab-faced dictators of tone and humour would have the place to themselves. Well, yes and they’re welcome to it. Perhaps then they’ll have nothing to smell but their own smell.

So I don’t feel anything today other than massive relief, like a boulder rolling off my chest. I am free, free at last.”

“Too Many People Have Peed in the Pool,” stephenfry.com, Feb. 15, 2016

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, Mind, Sep. 2011-present
  • Cofounder, SamFry Ltd, 2008-present
  • Vice President, Noel Coward Society, May 22, 2005-present
  • Honorary Fellow, Queen’s College Cambridge (UK), 2005-present
  • Honorary President, Cambridge University Quiz Society (UK), 2005-present
  • Cofounder, Sprout Pictures, 2004-present
  • Patron, Norwich Playhouse (UK)
  • Patron, British Humanist Association
  • Member, Board of Directors, Norwich City FC (UK), Aug. 2010-Jan. 2016
  • Host, QI, 2003-2015
  • Writer and Director, HIV and Me, 2007
  • Writer and Director, The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, 2006
  • Writer and Director, Bright Young Things, 2003
  • Rector, University of Dundee (UK), 1992-1998
  • Cowriter, Cambridge Footlights Revue, 1981
Education:
  • BA, English Literature, University of Cambridge, 1981
Contact Info:
Phone
44-208-519-2122, Mind
Email
info@hamiltonhodell.co.uk
Website
stephenfry.com
Other:
  • Was born on Aug. 24, 1957 in Hampstead, London (UK)
  • Is represented by Hamilton Hodell Limited
  • Was named Mind Champion of the Year in 2007
  • Was named second most influential gay person in Britain by the Independent on Sunday’s “Pink List” in 2007
  • Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, British Comedy Awards, 2007
  • Recipient, Honorary Doctorate, Anglia Ruskin University (UK), 2005
  • Recipient, Honorary Doctorate, University of Dundee (UK), 1995
  • Has appeared in many theater productions including: The Common Pursuit, Cell Mates, and Twelfth Night
  • Has appeared in many television shows including: Blackadder, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster, and Bones
  • Has appeared in many films including: A Fish Called Wanda, Wilde, Gosforth Park, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, V for Vendetta, St Trinian’s, Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and The Hobbit
  • Has been the reader for a number of audiobooks including the Harry Potter series, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy film tie-in, and a number of novels by Roald Dahl, AA Milne, and Michael Bond
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?