Just Back From the Isle of Man: Stephen Fry
'I travel with three iPods. I don't sync them properly, so I just take them all with me'
OCCUPATION Comedian, actor, writer, and director. Bright Young Things, his film adaptation of Vile Bodies, Evelyn Waugh's satire of 1920's London, premieres stateside this month.
HOME BASE London.
REPEAT OFFENDER Fry has been four times to the Isle of Man, off the coast of England, favored by filmmakers for its lush landscapes and government subsidies and also known for its creepy Manx cats. On his most recent visit, he played Dr. Arnold in Tom Brown's Schooldays for British television. Even though he considers the island "one of the most sublime places on earth, because of an incredible microclimate," Fry isn't planning a return visit anytime soon—work permitting. "It has the most appalling hotels. And the food, I can't even tell you. There's one place that serves fantastically fresh seafood that's not mucked about with. Tanroagan [9 Ridgeway St., Douglas; 44-7624/472-411] is famous for its scallops."
ANY TAILLESS CATS? "Last trip I saw lots of them. Locals say they were late onto Noah's Ark and the door got closed on their tails. Really, it's just hideous inbreeding of the worst kind."