He was part of the legendary talents nurtured at Cambridge University in the ‘60s. He directed Footlights Revue in his second year and wrote and performed sketches in his third. A founding member of Peter Cook's Establishment Club, he wrote and performed with Eleanor Bron and John Bird, both in England and on tour in America.
He was a mainstay of British television's satirical golden age Not So Much a Programme, BBC3 and The Late Show. Since then he has co-written and appeared in many comedy series including Birds and Well Anyway, with John Bird; On the Margin, with Alan Bennett; Where was Spring? with Eleanor Bron; and The End of the Pier Show and In the Looking Glass with John Wells and Carl David.
His first novel, A Melon for Ecstasy, was co-written with John Wells. His theatre appearances are prodigious in both comedy and drama, and he is a frequent contributor to the best of television comedy. He has collaborated on all the Rory Bremner Who else? television series and with Bremner and John Bird on Bremner, Bird & Fortune.
Fortune's appetite for work shows no sign of waning he is writing a novel and a screenplay, working with Rory Bremner and John Bird on further specials, and will soon appear on screen with Nicole Kidman.
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