E201: Stephen Fry: “Lost, alone and I wanted to take my life”
To call Stephen Fry a national treasure would be underselling him. One of the hardest working names in British media, you name it and Stephen has done it; writer, actor, director and comedian. The size of his contribution to British culture in over four decades as a public figure is staggering.
However, behind this mountain of work and out of the spotlight is a side of Stephen Fry that many people will be completely unaware of, from a childhood of crime and loneliness, to severe mental health struggles and attempts at suicide.
In this honest and revealing conversation Stephen discusses the scars he carries within him and which affect him to this day. But despite this he is constantly reinventing himself and striving to find joy in the smaller things in life, all the while spreading happiness and wonder with his work.
- Early context
- Credit card fraud - getting arrested
- Feeling like an outsider
- Going to Cambridge
- Why acting?
- Where happiness really comes from
- How can we change who we are?
- What has changed from the core of your younger self
- Lowest moment in your life
- Manic depression
- Your relationship with social media
- Depressive lows
- Why have you been successful
- Are we all artists?
- What creates a good life for you?
- Last guest question
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