Stephen Fry cast as British Prime Minister in 24: Live Another Day

The QI host will be swapping general knowledge for political thriller as he stars alongside Kiefer Sutherland in the new series of 24

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The QI host is probably best known for his quick wit and comic timing but Twitter royalty Stephen Fry is about to turn his acting talents to political thriller in TV series 24. 

Fry, who has starred in Blackadder, Jeeves and Wooster and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, is poised to play the British Prime Minister alongside Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer in hit series 24 when it returns to Sky 1 later this year.

Sky confirmed the news on their official Twitter account, saying:

Fry's character, Prime Minister Trevor Davies, has been described as "a strong and charismatic leader" by Deadline, who go on to add that his "friendship with President Heller, and the Anglo-American alliance itself, [will] come under tremendous pressure because of personal and political crises" during the upcoming series.

The new series of 24 comes after a four year hiatus and will see Bauer face a terrorist threat in London. As well as star Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, William Devane and Kim Raver are set to reprise their roles in the 12-part series.

24 premiered in 2001 and ran for eight series until 2010. Each of the show's 24-episode seasons followed 24 hours in the life of counter terrorist agent Jack Bauer as he raced against the clock to protect America from terrorist plots. 

24: Live Another Day is currently shooting in Britain, and will air on Sky 1 later this year.