Stephen Fry reveals he attempted suicide last year

'QI' host says 'It was a close-run thing'

Stephen Fry has revealed he attempted suicide last year (2012), after taking a cocktail of alcohol and pills.

The comedian, actor and host of popular BBC quiz QI, spoke publicly for the first time about the incident during a live audience recording of comedian Richard Herring‘s Leicester Square Theatre podcast, reports Chortle.

Fry, who has openly discussed his battles with bipolar disorder in the past, revealed that a producer saved his life while on location, after he was discovered in his hotel room unconscious and violently convulsing.

He said: “It was a close-run thing. I took a huge number of pills and a huge amount of vodka. The mixture of them made my body convulse so much that I broke four ribs – but I was still unconscious. Fortunately the producer – I was filming at the time – came into the hotel room and I was found in an unconscious state and taken back and looked after.”

Continuing, he added: “You may say, ‘How can anybody who’s got it all be so stupid as to want to end it all?’ That’s the point, there is no ‘Why?’ That’s not the right question. There is no reason. If there was reason for it, you could reason someone out of it.”

After the podcast was released yesterday, Stephen Fry thanked his Twitter followers for supporting him, and said he was “now fine”. He wrote: “Thank you all for your concern. As Pres of @mindcharity I could only tell truth if asked directly. Now fine. On good meds. Love to you all x.”

Stephen Fry has previously spoken about his experience of bipolar, and his attempted suicide in 1995, in BBC documentary Stephen Fry: The Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive. He is the current host of QI and is set to appear in the forthcoming The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug as Mayor of Laketown.