Actor and comedian Stephen Fry made headlines in January 2015 with his marriage to Elliott Spencer, thirty years his junior. Since their wedding in the quiet market town of Dereham in rural Norfolk, England, Fry, 58, and Spencer have largely kept out of the gossip magazines. However, Stephen spoke on the Jonathan Ross show on February 13 about his happily married life, according to The Mirror.
“I still am [married]. I think that may be a record in show business. It’s fabulous…It’s terrific, it gets better every day. I’ll sound really childish if I keep doing this but it’s like a miracle really, it’s just such a wonderful thing.”
Fry also revealed that he and Spencer have no plans for children and that he is quite happy with his 13 godchildren. Stephen gushed about marriage to Spencer, a comedian.
“It ought not to make that much difference, it’s merely the state recognising a relationship that could exist without the state recognising it and yet it does make a difference somehow, not because the state recognises it but because you somehow just become connected to all the people in history who have been married before.”
Stephen Fry is one of the most versatile of British performers, starring in diverse roles such as the bumbling Inspector Thompson in Gosford Park, Dr Gordon Wyatt in Bones and various characters of the Melchett family in the Blackadder series. Fry is also a journalist and author. Stephen recently stood down after 13 years as the host of BBC quiz show QI, and he toured Australia and New Zealand in the autumn of 2015 with his one-man show Telling Tales This November!
Spencer, who accompanied Fry on his travels, tweeted a thank you to fans who congratulated him and Stephen on their first anniversary.
So touched to wake up to such sweet messages this morning. Thank you so much. I can't believe it's been a year already! #mrandmrpaper
— Elliott G Spencer (@ElliottGSpencer) January 17, 2016
Fry is presenting the BAFTA film awards for the eleventh time on 14 February; which will be held at the Royal Opera House in London. With the awards season gossip heating up, Stephen is trying to keep the BAFTAs as scandal-free as possible.
Speaking exclusively to Yahoo, Fry explained why the diversity row from the Oscars will not feature into his BAFTA presentation.
“I don’t think there’s any need to address that at the BAFTAs, if it is an issue then it’s an issue of course in film-making, which is not what the awards ceremony is there particularly to be about…in the movies that we have at moment I think the awards that are made are made purely on the sense of which ones are enjoyable.”
However, Stephen did cause some outrage at the BAFTAs after he said that Jenny Beavan, winning for costume design on Mad Max: Fury Road, was “dressed as a bag lady.” Twitter promptly went into meltdown with hundreds of tweets accusing Fry of poor taste, causing Stephen to fire back.
So just a word to the tragic figures who think calling Jenny Bevan a bag lady was an insult. She's a dear friend and she got it. Derrr
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) February 14, 2016
Those accustomed to Fry’s quirky sense of humor defended his comments.
@stephenfry I believe you're friends so I am sure she found it funny. I actually admire her for dressing as she wants .(You're a great host)
— Nesta James (@nestajames1) February 14, 2016
Many, though, were very annoyed with Stephen’s comment, especially given Fry’s unusual green velvet suit.
How nice that a top moment in Jenny Beavan's career was undermined by a dude dressed as a snooker table. #BAFTA
— Kayleigh Anne (@Ceilidhann) February 14, 2016
Stephen insists, however, that his awards ceremony presentation will be without the barbed comments often associated with hosts, according to Hello!, although Fry is known for his amusing turn of phrase.
“I don’t have a persona where offending someone works. Ricky Gervais is a brilliant comic…and he doesn’t mind [winding people up], he’s got this imp whereas I haven’t got it and it’s probably a weakness in me because it’s a wonderful thing to be able to insult.”
Speaking exclusively to the The Sun, Fry spoke frankly about his battle with depression, say his “physiologist Billy has been astonishing.” Stephen gives most of the credit for his current contentment to Spencer however; it seems marriage really does suit Stephen Fry.
“My husband has saved my life…I think just the happiness and security and calm of being with him. I am in a great place right now.”
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