Stephen Fry will be honoured with the Rose d’Or Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Rose d’Or Award Ceremony to be held in London on December 9th.
The award honours and recognises those who have made an outstanding contribution to broadcast entertainment throughout their careers - making Fry a clear choice for 2015. The Rose d’Or, a Eurovision event, is a collection of awards presented for achievement in television and radio entertainment programming for the previous year.
Fry is delighted by the honour. “It does mean a lot,” he said in an interview last week. “Since I can remember watching television, the Golden Rose of Montreux, and occasionally Lucerne, really meant something, and it’s always gone out of its way to recognise this particular kind of television, so if they’ve honoured me, then I feel exactly that - honoured”, Fry said.
Fry won a Rose d’Or Award in 2006 for "Best Game Show Host" in the BBC series QI.
Jean Philip De Tender, director of media at the European Broadcasting Union which operates Eurovision, praised Fry’s sustained and successful contribution to the broadcasting industry. “Stephen Fry represents all that is best about entertainment broadcasting in the UK, throughout Europe and across the globe. Not only has he entertained generations and made us laugh, he has also, through his documentary work, shone light on challenging issues such as mental health. It’s only fitting that the industry will show its appreciation for him in London on December 9th with an award that represents the gold standard.”
The host of this year’s Rose d’Or, the BBC’s Paddy O’Connell, noted Fry’s generosity in helping other industry artists. “It’s a pretty unusual talent on top of his other unusual talents, because he is altruistic”, said O’Connell. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned, the television business does have a habit of eating people up and spitting them out. And Stephen Fry has tried to remember to be good to people and also that the industry is made up of many, many thousands of people who don’t get the credit. For me, I’m pleased that someone who has tried to put in the occasional word for the work of others is being honoured in London.”
Stephen Fry’s television career started in comedy 1982 with The Cellar Tapes and There’s Nothing to Worry About. With Hugh Laurie he appeared in A Bit of Fry and Laurie between 1986 and 1995, and he appeared in several series of Blackadder and as the butler Jeeves in the television adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse’s series Jeeves and Wooster.
In 2003, Fry began hosting QI, the comedy panel game television quiz show for which he won the Rose d’Or.
Fry has appeared in numerous original TV dramas and adaptations, including the BBC serial Gormenghast and an adaptation of Mary Norton's novel The Borrowers.
In film, Stephen Fry has appeared as the eponymous lead in Wilde, Oscar-winning Gosford Park and, more recently, as Master of Laketown in the film adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.
He was an early adopter of the social media network Twitter. He regularly updates under the moniker @stephenfry and has over 11.5 million followers. According to a report in The Guardian newspaper, Fry’s tweets are now read by more people than the printed copies of the Times, the Telegraph, the Financial Times, the Guardian and the Independent newspapers combined.
His numerous achievements have been recognised by universities across the United Kingdom. He is an honorary fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge and an honorary fellow of Cardiff University. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Dundee and the University of East Anglia, as well as honorary doctorates from the University of Sussex, and Anglia Ruskin University.
The Rose d’Or 2015 will present awards in six categories for television and online video and five categories covering radio. More information on the nominees for each category is available through this link.
Registrations are now open to sign up to attend the Rose d’Or Awards ceremony in London on December 9th. Click here for more information.
Information for media: A video interview with Stephen Fry is available for all media to access via Eurovision World Link. Please click here to access this content.