January 17th sees the announcement of the nominees for the 2012 British Academy Film and Television Awards, and the beginning of The Style King’s coverage of the event. In collaboration with Hackett London, the official menswear stylists of the 2012 Bafta’s. TSK will be creating a special style guide in association with Hackett and Bafta, bringing you interviews with rising British stars, clothing advice and grooming videos, alongside a unique insight into the British institution. For this reason, today’s Style Icon is the ringleader of the prestigious event, actor, screenwriter, journalist, comedian and all round British luminary, Stephen Fry. Taking the reins from Jonathan Ross, Fry will present the Bafta awards ceremony, adding his trademark wit to the proceedings.
Stephen Fry certainly is a worthy successor to Ross, having proved his acting chops with roles in award-winning British films like Gosford Park and Wilde, alongside iconic turns in television shows Blackadder and A Bit of Fry & Laurie. He even has experience of being nominated for a Bafta as presenter of the panel show Q.I and for his factual series, Secret Life of the Manic Depressive. And whilst he may be a slightly unconventional Style Icon one cannot help but admire his trademark tweed blazers, loose shirts and ruffled hair – a true Brit eccentric. Having been voted the Most Intelligent Man on television by readers of the Radio Times, Fry is a personality with substance.Fry’s career began in 1982 with the The Cellar Tapes, written by Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson and Hugh Laurie – all of whom have gone on the have esteemed careers in both Britain and America, and have clocked up a number of Bafta nods between them. But it was the sketch show A Bit of Fry & Laurie that truly launched Fry’s career, running from 1986 to 1995, the sketch show made by Fry and Hugh Laurie into British institutions. This status as a leading Brit comedian was cemented by his role as Lord Melchett in Blackadder II, a role he would return to in later series. His latest project, Q.I., has seen him become TV’s wise man, a presenter for a more discerning audience – his popularity soaring through his engagement with his Twitter followers.
But Fry has not just been a luminary of the small screen, but he also has had a thriving career as a film actor. Perhaps the most famous of his roles was his turn as Oscar Wilde in the 1997 film, Wilde, for which he achieved worldwide accolades, including a Golden Globe nomination for his performance as the Brit literary genius. He also appeared in the Oscar nominated Gosford Park, as well as more recent roles in blockbusters V for Vendetta, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows. In 2003 he even directed Bright Young Things, a feature film based on Evelyn Waugh’s Vile bodies, an acerbic social commentary about London’s aristocracy in the 1920s. He is also set to star in the hotly anticipated The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.In these varied roles, Fry has always had a particular look – whether in Wilde, Blackadder or Q.I. Fry is the slightly disheveled English gentleman, all blazers, shirts and cord trousers. For red carpet events he favours the traditional tux, a look that he will return to at the 2012 Baftas where he will wear a custom made suit by Hackett. He is a British institution, and that is why he is this week’s special Style Icon.