Stephen Fry has admitted to taking cocaine for 15 years saying it was a ‘wonderful drug to calm me down’.

According to The Sun, in an interview on the Sky Arts show, In Confidence, to screen in June, the QI presenter said: “There was 15 years of pretty chronic cocaine taking.

“In my most hyper frames of mind, I found it was a wonderful drug to calm me down.

“I tended to take it alone at home and play word games, mind spinning. I’d do very difficult crosswords, I would spend hours on these.

“I found it extremely easy to stop, but it took me a very long time to get to a position where I was ready to.”

Stephen also spoke of the pressures of being famous: “They want an appearance, a quote, a tweet, something… They want to touch the hem of the fame, not the hem of the person.

“It’s the scale of it… so you resort to not travelling on the Tube or walking round the street any more and going in a big car with a driver.

“And people think, ‘Oh he think he’s so grand, doesn’t he?’ Well, no I’d rather walk, but sometimes I just can’t.”