Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry

Writer and broadcaster Stephen Fry will receive an honorary degree at the University of Sussex's winter graduation ceremony on Friday, 28 January, 2011.

Stephen Fry is being awarded an honorary Doctor of the University degree in recognition of his contributions to campaigns for people living with bipolarity, mental health issues and AIDS/HIV.

He will be presented at the ceremony by fellow campaigner writer and broadcaster Simon Fanshawe, who is Chair of Council, the University's governing body.

Fry, whose multitude of roles includes hosting the BBC quiz show QI, will be made Doctor of the University and presented to the congregation by Simon Fanshawe, Chair of the University's council.

In response to being offered the honour, Stephen Fry said: 'Sussex is one of Britain's premier universities. Its reputation for outstanding achievement in the liberal arts, humanities and social sciences especially is one that universities hundreds of years older would envy.

He added: 'It is an extraordinary honour to receive this doctorate from such an institution: I remember conversations with Richard, Lord Attenborough when he was Chancellor, in which we agreed that Sussex just about ruled the world - and now I'm connected! I couldn't be happier or prouder ...'

Stephen Fry's stage career began at Cambridge University. The Footlights revue he wrote and performed with Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie and Tony Slattery won the first ever Perrier Award and was televised by the BBC.

He went on to write and appear in numerous television series and documentaries, including Blackadder, Jeeves and Wooster, Absolute Power, The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, HIV and Me and The Machine That Made Us.  His latest documentary series, Last Chance to See, was filmed in remote parts of the world and revisits endangered species that Douglas Adams first reported on 15 years ago.

Film appearances include Peter's Friends, Wilde, Gosford Park and Vendetta. He has also written four best-selling novels, an autobiography and a second volume of memoirs, The Fry Chronicles.

Last updated: Wednesday, 26 January 2011