I just spotted this, and wanted to share a thought I had a couple years ago while reading Stephen's autobiography.
I actually stopped reading the book, much as I was enjoying it, as I got to a passage about Stephen's intense self hatred and disgust and all the very recognisable feelings that go along with depression and low self esteem.
Since then I've wanted to respond, and not been sure how, by saying that as someone now in my mid thirties, Stephen Fry's name and face and voice are synonymous to me with laughter and wit and intelligence. They are so embedded in my experience of growing up, of culture, that I greet them every time with a very warm feeling.
I have no doubt that many others feel the same, and that a new generation of tweeters and documentary watchers do to. And it saddens me to know that Stephen feels this way, though I understand all to well what it is to feel this way... but I hope he knows how very differently many others feel about him.
I think this portrait is beautiful, and the loveliness that shines out of it clearly represents the (very young, beautiful) artist's feelings for her subject, and mine as well.
I'm hoping Stephen will get to see the picture, if not this post, and I wish him well