From Moab, Stephen and his brother in school uniform

Stephen bravely faces the jungle © Random House

In the Beginning

Modern movies demand their characters have an “arc”. A broad sweep of development that takes them in and out of scrapes, creates tension and builds a climax. Truth, it’s often said, is stranger than fiction and nowhere is this more true than in the life of Stephen Fry. When the time comes, his life story will be a very hard film to make.

Beneath the puckish and jovial exterior there lies a miasma of contradictions. Stephen Fry strives for bold authenticity and truth, but is known for his modest self-effacement and insecurities. Life in that most British of institutions – the Boys’ Boarding School – has an uncanny knack of turning out highly achieving but emotionally stunted individuals. Only a few avoid its spell; these are the unusual ones and Mr. Fry is one of them.

In Absentia

But that’s not to say he’s escaped unscathed. As a teenager young Fry once considered the church. But his marathon 16 year spell of sexual abstinence that lasted until the mid 90s was entirely secular – the result of a lack of personal confidence. That’s all changed now. No longer does career come first as a proxy for emotional satisfaction. 21st Century Fry is a man matured.

The Long Road Home

Emotionally rehabilitated, Stephen Fry is once again in the public eye. With age, comes the ability to indulge ones passions. His travels to Peru in search of the spectacled bear have brought his passion for conservation to the small screen and bookshop. The eager performer of the 80s and 90s is settling into his new role behind the camera for “Bright Young Things”. Indeed, the man the Guardian newspaper once mooted as a “Treasure of the British Empire” has discovered that riches are a truly personal commodity.

5 comments on “One man’s journey”

  1. Julysez says:

    I have nothing clever or interesting to say except Mr Fry I love you and everything you do.

    keep doing what your doing we love it xxx

  2. lindamakwa says:

    I am new to this + still finding my way around. But i am extremely happy to have joined up and looking forward to finding out as much as i possible can about your life Stephen + i will try and utilise this site to the full when possible.
    I have loosely followed you since the 70’s 80’s. As a teenager i enjoyed your endeavours on British TV. And although i now live in northern Canada i am so happy to see you popping up on programs shown here on satellite TV. I especially liked your appearance on ‘Top Gear’ + i caught you on ‘Johnath Ross’ quite recently. Which made me happy to see a familiar face from my youth. Along with your friend Hugh Laurie. I do hope you can do a cameo in ‘House’. It would tickle me pink to see you two, together again, as i so loved ‘a bit of Fry + Laurie’ and i am proud to be a Brit when ever I see any of yours and Hugh’s accomplishments. I plan to follow your literary career too.

    As you can imagine winters here are long + cold. so i will take warmth + comfort in your tweets + general observations on life in your blogs etc. After clearing snow in -25c. It will be a rewarding lift. Thank you for making this site available. From someone who often feels a little misplaced location wise.
    And i do so hope you remain content with yourself and wish you all the best in the future in whatever you do.

  3. DLTT says:

    This is the first reply I have written on this site. I don’t really know where to leave it……. I was born before 1960.
    I have just seen QI for the first time and I am looking forward to the next episode in an hour or so (IN Australia). That lovely “Jonathan Creek” actor is on your panel again. Also I very much enjoyed your program on your ancestry, very poignant.

    You are indeed a versatile performer but I think I enjoyed your performance in the final series of Black Adder the best …… date. Long may you keep performing.

  4. Basil Joker says:

    What ho, Fry! What ho? What ho! Remember me? Of course you don’t, how could you, we’ve never met but here’s the thing. I’ve just read Moab, watched you and Hitch demolish the self-righteous and been privy to your confessions of bipolarity. What motivates a man to reveal himself so publicly and so one-sidedly? It doesn’t seem right. Intimacy should be a two-way street, don’t you think? So in the spirit of bipolarity, with malice to no man and charity for all, I offer you my bared soul in return ( I call it a synthesis of all knowledge and all ways of knowing, rather immodestly, but really it’s just a palace of mirrors. All will be revealed.


  5. Fayblebug says:


    You inspire me so much…I saw you at the Cheltenham Literature Festival a few years ago, and you were and are an inspiration. I find you compelling and an absolute delight to listen to and consider myself and the public privileged to enjoy you and your thoughts. You have been blessed with a touch of genius and a warmth in spirit that is incredibly compelling. We love you.

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