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Stephen Fry's comedy may look silly, but Stephen can make silly look like a work of art. Over the years, Stephen's used humour to gently skewer British society, poking fun at pretension, class, and entitlement.
Stephen actually knows a bit about privilege. He comes from what he calls a 'typical English family', which in his case meant a big house, boarding school, and high expectations. As a teenager, Stephen rebelled; at one point, he spent actually three months in jail for credit card fraud. But that experience actually changed his life. After, he applied himself, started studying and eventually got himself into Cambridge. There, he met his long-time friend and writing partner, Hugh Laurie (better known these days as Dr. House). Together, they made a sketch comedy show for the BBC called 'A Bit of Fry and Laurie.' It was a huge hit, and helped launch Stephen's career in British television.
But Stephen's story also has a dark side. In 1995, Stephen abruptly walked off a London play after suffering a nervous breakdown. He later revealed he suffers from a type of bi-polar disorder, and has since spoken openly about his experience.
These days, Stephen is a jack of all trades: Actor, writer, quiz show host and master of social media. Last year, he published his second set of memoirs, 'The Fry Chronicles', a reflection on his rise to fame. Recently, he served on the jury for Canada's Glenn Gould Prize, one of the most prestigious arts awards in the world.
And now he's been awarded the title "Britain's Funniest Comedian" - according to Nordic people. BBC Entertainment ran the poll, in which he edged out luminaries like John Cleese and Rowan Atkinson. He responded in typical Fry style: "To all my Scandiwegian friends. I cannot tell you how touched I am."