Fry acknowledges suicide bid last year

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British actor Stephen Fry revealed Wednesday that he attempted suicide last year.

The actor, comedian and writer, best known for his role in the long-running BBC comedy “Blackadder,” said he had taken a cocktail of pills and alcohol while filming abroad and was only saved because his producer discovered him unconscious in his hotel room.

“It was a close run thing,” the 55-year-old Fry told Richard Herring in a podcast interview on the British Comedy Guide website. “I took a huge number of pills and a huge (amount) of vodka and the mixture of them made my body convulse so much that I broke four ribs, but I was still unconscious. And, fortunately, the producer I was filming with at the time came into the hotel room and I was found in a sort of unconscious state and taken back to England and looked after.”

Fry has spoken publicly of his struggle with manic depression and bipolar disorder. He previously attempted suicide in 1995 after walking out of a play and later talked at length about that dark time in a BBC documentary, “The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive.”