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Last Updated: Friday, 11 March, 2005, 11:37 GMT
Fry wins Archers' Red Nose role
Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry is a lifelong fan of The Archers
Actor and comedian Stephen Fry is to take up a guest role in BBC Radio 4's The Archers after winning a vote on the station's Today programme.

Fry will feature on a special episode of the rural drama to be broadcast on Friday to mark Red Nose Day.

The 47-year-old fought off Ewan McGregor, Sir Ian McKellen and Liza Tarbuck to win the charity vote.

"It's like Christmas, I couldn't be more thrilled," Fry said. The phone vote raised 13,448 for Comic Relief.

'Pivotal part'

"As a child, a barely-divided embryo, I remember sitting under my mother's knees listening to The Archers' music.

"There's no escape from it, it's stitched into the fabric of my being," he said.

The special episode - to be aired at 1530 GMT on Friday and 0945 on Saturday - has been written by comedian Victoria Wood.

"He has a pivotal part to play - he comes in and helps with the general atmosphere of Ambridge," she said.

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