Who is Donald Trefusis?
Donald Cornwallis Treadway Trefusis, eccentric senior tutor and professor of philology at St. Matthew’s College, Cambridge, is a fictional character created by Stephen Fry.
Something of a perennial entity in the Fry canon, Donald Trefusis was a major figure in his first novel The Liar, and subsisted viva voce for the occasional contributions to Ned Sherrin’s BBC Radio 4 programme Loose Ends - the transcripts of which were subsequently published as essays in Paperweight.
A veritable polymath and metalinguist, Trefusis is distinguished by his very liberal social outlook, his propensity for old-fashioned phraseology, and his curious use of the non-sequitur as greeting (e.g. “Hugely so to you all”).
Who is Stephen Fry?
Stephen Fry is an English actor, comedian, author, director, broadcaster, and game show host.
After attending an unfeasibly large number of educational institutions, he went to Cambridge University, where he met and worked with lifelong friend and comedy partner Hugh Laurie. Together they - along with Emma Thompson and Tony Slattery - wrote and performed in The Footlights Revue, which won the first ever Perrier Award and was televised by the BBC. There followed an illustrious corpus of comedic and dramatic roles, including those found in Blackadder, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster and Kingdom.
He has also performed on stage in Alan Bennett’s Forty Years On, won a Drama Circle award and a Tony Nomination for his work on the revived musical Me and My Girl and wrote and directed his first film Bright Young Things in 2003. He has written four best-selling novels and an autobiography, and has presented for the BBC the documentaries The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, HIV and Me, The Machine That Made Us, and Stephen Fry In America. He is well known amongst a younger generation as the reader of the audiobook versions of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels.
He currently hosts the BBC quiz show QI (in its fifth series), and is filming Last Chance To See - a documentary which revisits endangered species that Douglas Adams first reported on 15 years ago.
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