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Fry and Laurie
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Fry (left, 2016) and Laurie (right, 2009)
Medium Television, film, radio
Nationality English
Years active 1981–2010 (intermittent since early 1990s)
Genres Sketch comedy
Character comedy
Subject(s) Class relations
British culture
British politics
Notable works and roles A Bit of Fry & Laurie
Jeeves and Wooster

Fry and Laurie are an English comedy double act, mostly active in the 1980s and 1990s. The duo consisted of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, who met in 1980 through mutual friend Emma Thompson whilst all three attended the University of Cambridge. They initially gained prominence in a television sketch comedy, A Bit of Fry & Laurie (1987, 1989–1995), and have collaborated on numerous other projects including, most notably, the television series Jeeves and Wooster (1990–1993) in which they portrayed P. G. Wodehouse's literary characters Jeeves (Fry) and Wooster (Laurie).

Since the conclusion of A Bit of Fry and Laurie, both have gone on to solo careers in acting, writing and other roles. They reunited for a retrospective show in 2010 titled Fry and Laurie Reunited. On 14 May 2012, Fry announced on Twitter that he and Laurie were working together on a new project. Various press sources have since announced that it is to be an adaptation of The Canterville Ghost (1887) by Oscar Wilde and had been scheduled for release over Christmas 2014, but this animated film is still reported by IMDb to be in development as of June 2019, with no release date currently scheduled.

Unlike some well-known comedy duos, whose stage and screen personas hide a degree of personal animosity, Fry and Laurie have remained close friends throughout their careers. Laurie frequently thanks Fry when accepting awards, including at the 2007 Golden Globes when he referred to his former comedy partner, in the old A Bit of Fry and Laurie style, as “...m’colleague Stephen Fry”.


Television programmes

  • Cambridge Footlights Revue (1981) (BBC2)
  • There's Nothing to Worry About! (1982)
  • Alfresco (1983) (ITV)
  • The Crystal Cube (1983) (BBC2)
  • The Young Ones (1984) (BBC2) (appearing in the episode "Bambi")
  • Weekend In Wallop (1984) (ITV)
  • Saturday Live (1986) (C4)
  • Blackadder II (1986) (BBC1) (two episodes together)
  • Filthy Rich & Catflap (1987) (BBC2) (appearing in the second episode)
  • First Aids (1987) (ITV)
  • Blackadder the Third (1987) (BBC1) (one episode together)
  • The Secret Policeman's Third Ball (1987) (ITV)
  • A Bit of Fry & Laurie (1987 pilot, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1995) (BBC2, BBC1)
  • Hysteria! Hysteria! Hysteria! (1988)
  • Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988) (BBC1)
  • The New Statesman (appearing in the episode "The Haltemprice Bunker") (1989)
  • A Night Of Comic Relief 2 (1989) (BBC1)
  • Blackadder Goes Forth (1989) (BBC1)
  • The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball (1989) (ITV)
  • Hysteria 2 (1989) (C4)
  • Jeeves and Wooster (1990–93) (ITV)
  • Comic Relief - 1991 (1991) (BBC1)
  • Hysteria III (1991) (C4)
  • Fry and Laurie Host A Christmas Night with the Stars (1994) (BBC2)
  • Live from the Lighthouse (1998)
  • The Nearly Complete And Utter History Of Everything (2000) (BBC1)
  • Blackadder: Back & Forth (1999) (Sky One)
  • Fortysomething (2003) (one show together)
  • QI (2003) (BBC2) (one episode together)
  • Fry and Laurie Reunited (2010) (Gold)
  • Fry and Laurie worked with magician and sceptic James Randi on an episode of Randi's British television show.


  • Peter's Friends (1992)
  • Spice World (1997) (cameos)

Radio shows

  • Saturday Night Fry on BBC Radio 4 in 1988 (five shows together)
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? on BBC Radio 4 in 1988 (one show together)

Published materials

Published television scripts
  • A Bit of Fry & Laurie (1990)
  • A Bit More Fry & Laurie (1991)
  • 3 Bits of Fry & Laurie (1992)
  • Fry & Laurie Bit No. 4 (1995)

Video games

  • LittleBigPlanet 3 (2014)


Fry and Laurie have also appeared together in various television advertisements, interviews, audio books, and other projects.

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