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CORRECTION -- The Pipesmokers' Council

London, February 27 /PRNewswire/ -- In the release 'Stephen Fry voted 2003 pipe smoker of the year!' issued today at 08:00 GMT over PR Newswire we are advised by the company that images accompanying this release are not available on NewsCast but on the PA Photowire. Complete, corrected release follows:

Stephen Fry voted 2003 pipe smoker of the year!

Stephen Fry, the extremely talented British actor, screenwriter, raconteur and best selling novelist will today be named as Pipesmoker of the Year 2003 when he collects this prestigious award at the Savoy Hotel, London.

Voted by a judging panel comprising of 16 executive members plus consumers nationwide, Stephen will be presented his award by Laurence Marks, President of The Pipesmokers' Council at a renowned luncheon attended by dignitaries, enthusiasts and other members of the pipe-smoking world.

Stephen Fry is the 39th famous personality to hold this coveted title; others include Sir Harold Wilson, Eric Morecambe, Barry Norman, Russ Abbot, Joss Ackland and Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

After graduating from Queens' College in Cambridge, Stephen Fry performed in the Mayweek revue in 1981 with Emma Thompson and Hugh Laurie. Since then he has been involved in countless television programmes including The Young Ones, Blackadder, Friday Live, Jeeves and Wooster and of course A Bit of Fry and Laurie. His film success includes starring in Peter's Friends directed by Kenneth Brannagh, which opened the London Film Festival in 1990. He also starred in I.Q with Meg Ryan and Tim Robbins, and the critically acclaimed Wilde in which he portrayed the life of Oscar Wilde. More recently he appeared in the film Gosford Park, which was nominated for 8 Academy Awards 2002 and won Best Original Screen Play. Stephen has just completed directing 'Bright Young Things', his adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's 'Vile Bodies', which is due for release later this year.

The diversity of his highly successful career does not stop there. In 1984 he wrote the book for the musical Me and My Girl which had tremendous success in the West End and has written several best sellers, including The Liar and Hippopotamus since then. His radio work includes Whose line is it anyway?, Saturday Night Fry, Trivia Test Match and Stephen has also been a castaway on Desert Island Discs.

The award itself will be a gold-mounted pipe, which will remain in Stephen's possession for the forthcoming year. He will also receive a specially commissioned, fully working, hand-crafted pipe made to echo his interests or career.

Launched in 1964, the Pipesmoker of the Year Award was created to honour a distinguished pipe smoker as well as to raise money for charity.

Note to Editors

PA Photographer, Sean Dempsey attended the event. Photos are available on the PA Photowire.

SOURCE The Pipesmokers' Council

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