Stephen Fry’s marriage to Elliot Spencer is still ‘in the honeymoon phase’

Stephen Fry says he is still ‘in the honeymoon phase’ after his marriage to 27-year-old partner Elliot Spencer. He added that the pair have talked about becoming parents.

The broadcaster, who tied the knot with Elliot in January, told Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young he was ‘adoring’ marriage.

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Stephen said: “I’m still very much in the honeymoon phase. I think we both are, I hope so, and new and miraculous things have happened in our culture and I wanted to celebrate that and what better way than to be married. It’s bliss, I do carry a ridiculous beam on my face.”

The QI host, who dedicated Ella Fitzgerald’s Do I Love You? to Elliot, describing him as the ‘great love of my life’,  was asked if the couple would like to bring up children and answered: “We sort of talk about it and I suddenly think, ‘Oh my goodness I’m such an age now’, but actually that’s rather good, but we better get on with it if we do.”

Among the other tracks chosen by the 57-year-old comedian were two he had heard his long-time collaborator Hugh Laurie play during their time at university, including Nina Simone’s I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free.

Stephen Fry with husband Elliot Spencer

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Stephen, who got a 2:1  in English literature at Cambridge, said it would have been ‘an outrage’ if he had got a first class degree.

He said: “I did absolutely no work. I went to three lectures in my entire three years at Cambridge, I think I just spent every moment of the day doing drama.”

He also chose composer Arthur Wood’s Barwick Green which is better known as the theme tune to The Archers. During the interview he was asked what he thought the Prince of Wales made of the revelations in his last autobiography that he had taken cocaine during a visit to Buckingham Palace.

Prince Charles with a sword

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He said: “I think it’s safe to say that he knows I’m naughty, and I think he’s not a judgemental, mean, prissy sort of man.

“I think he would not be especially pleased at the thought of somebody doing that in the palace, but nor would he leap to point you to the exit door and say ‘never return again’.”

Finally Stephen chose TS Eliot’s Four Quartets as his book on the island, and said he would take paint, brushes and canvases as his luxury item.