WHO IS HE?: This accomplished renaissance man of TV, radio, stage, film, literature, and music is mega-famous in his native UK. He ranked 6th in the BBC’s Top Living Icon Award and was called “the most intelligent man in television” and the second most influential gay person in Britain. You may know him from his film roles: he played Oscar Wilde in the 1997 film Wilde, a closeted late night talk show host in 2005’s V for Vendetta and the Cheshire Cat in Tim Burton’s 2008 version of Alice in Wonderland.
BEST KNOWN FOR HIS CHARITY WORK WITH: Equilibrium and Mind, two organizations seeking to treat and understand bipolar disorder. Fry made award-winning documentary about his own mental health struggles in 2006 called, The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive.
WHY HE MATTERS: He’s involved in numerous charities and has got millions of fans who hang on his every word. Fry crashed the Elephant Family auction website with a single Tweet when he offered to kiss the highest bidder. He now boasts over 1.4 million Twitter followers and growing…
QUOTE: “We judge ourselves by our ability to make a difference. Not noisily or with sanctimonious complacency, but deep inside, in that still small place where we really talk to ourselves.”
Over his 28-year rise to fame, the charming comedic intellectual has become one of the most influential entertainers in the world. He uses that power to mobilize his army of Twitter followers by tweeting about the artists and social issues that engage him most. For example, a tweet about Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir over her article on deceased Boyzone member Stephen Gately, caused his followers to set upon her, eventually pressuring her to issue an apology. His followers also tend to crash the websites of his favorite charities with thousands of visits moments after he tweets about AIDS, animal conservation, and children in need. Fry’s also a supporter of the Free Software Foundation which encourages community-created computer applications by sharing of open-sourced programming among its members.