Stephen Fry was born in London in 1957 and educated at Stout's Hill, Uppingham and Queen's College, Cambridge. At Cambridge he joined the Footlights where he first met Hugh Laurie. He has numerous television appearances to his credit, most notably A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster, Blackadder and QI, and is a regular contributor to radio shows including Just a Minute, I'm sorry I haven't a clue and The News Quiz. Major film roles include Peter in Peter's Friends (1990) and Oscar Wilde in Wilde (1997). He is the author of the best-selling novels The Liar, The Hippopotamus, Making History and The Stars' Tennis Balls, as well as the highly acclaimed autobiography Moab is My Washpot and, in 2005, a well-received guide to writing poetry, The Ode Less Travelled.