He’s been very honest about his personal life – and struggles – in the past.
And now Stephen Fry has admitted to taking cocaine at Buckingham Palace, amongst a string of other high profile places.
Opening up about his 15-year addiction to the Class A drug, the comedian has also confessed to taking it in the House of Lords, House of Commons and BBC TV centre.
Writing in his new autobiography ‘More Fool Me’, which is published today, the 57-year-old writes: “I take this opportunity to apologise unreservedly, to the owners, managers or representatives of the noble and ignoble premises and to the hundreds of private homes, offices, car dashboards, tables, mantelpieces and available polished surfaces that could so easily have been added to this list of shame.
“You may wish to have me struck off, banned, black-balled or in any other way punished for past crimes, surely now is the time to reach for the phone, the police or the club secretary.”
The host of BBC show QI, who first touched on his drug use in his 2010 book ‘The Fry Chronicles’, has chosen his new tome to open up in more detail about the habit which cost him hundreds of thousands of pounds – and saw him in a dramatic brush with the law.
He writes: “How can I explain the extraordinary waste of time and money that went into my 15-year habit?
“Tens if not hundreds of thousands of pounds, and as many hours, sniffing snorting and tooting away time that could have been employed writing, performing, thinking, exercising, living.”
Funnyman Stephen reveals that he built up a network of dealers to ensure he would always have a steady supply after his first £240 drug buy in 1986.
And he recalls how he was stopped by police for driving his motorbike while drunk, with three grams of cocaine in his possession.
Worried that he would be charged with intent to supply, he tried to leave the cocaine in the police van as it drove him to London’s West End Central Station on Savile Row.
He was charged with drink driving but let go. However, as he was leaving, a police officer came running after him with the unopened holder (containing the drugs) – which he went on to take later that night.
Explaining his motivations for using, he explains: ‘I didn’t take coke because I was depressed or under pressure.
“I didn’t take it because I was unhappy (at least I don’t think so). I took it because I really, really liked it.”
But he also reveals he was too “squeamish” to take any harder drugs, like heroin.
In a more light-hearted moment, he also credits himself with giving then PM Tony Blair advice on how to dress when he was invited to a dinner at Chequers soon after Labour took power in 1997.
The prime minister turned up at an ‘informal’ event in a denim shirt and chinos, to which Stephen quickly explained he should actually have interpreted as lounge suit.
He writes: “There was much confabulation before the PM hared upstairs to change.”
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