À 57 ans, l'humoriste, acteur, journaliste et romancier Stephen Fry va épouser son compagnon Elliott Spencer

À 57 ans, l'humoriste, acteur, journaliste et romancier Stephen Fry va épouser son compagnon Elliott Spencer

>> Stephen Fry is set to marry lover Elliott Spencer – 30 years his junior

Le couple, qui se serait formé au cours de l’été et avait officialisé leur relation en novembre dernier, souhaitait garder la nouvelle de leur union prochaine privée. Mais la presse britannique et le tabloïd notamment The Sun ayant révélé l’information, le comédien a choisi de confirmer son bonheur sur Twitter :

« Oh. il semble que quelqu’un ait vendu la mèche… (le chat est sorti d’un certain sac), je suis très très heureux évidemment, mais j’espérais un mariage plus intime. Il y a peu de chance que cela arrive! »

« Merci à tous pour vos félicitations. Je suis vraiment touché »

Le couple a déposé sa demande auprès de l’administration de Dereham, Norfolk, d’où est originaire l’acteur, juste avant Noël.

Atteint de troubles bipolaires, Stephen Fry a traversé une grave période de dépression, marquée par des épisodes suicidaires, dont Elliott Spencer, de 30 ans son cadet, l’a aidé à sortir. Après des débuts au théâtre puis à la télévision, notamment aux côtés de  sa grande amie Emma Thompson, il s’est révélé au cinéma dans «Peter’s friends», de Kenneth Branagh (1992), avant d’incarner Oscar Wilde («Wilde», 1997) et d’être dirigé par Robert Altman dans «Gosford Park» (2001).

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>> Stephen Fry is to marry his lover Elliott Spencer after giving formal notice at a register office.

The QI star, 57, is said to be smitten with comedian and writer Elliott Spencer, who he is believed to have begun dating last year.

The couple have a year to tie the knot after giving formal notice at Fry’s local register office in Dereham, Norfolk.

A pal told The Sun newspaper: “Since Stephen met Elliott it is like he has a new lust for life.”

stephen-fry-elliott-spencerStephen, who has been open about suffering from loneliness and depression in the past, is said by pals to be his old self again in the company of his younger lover.

The pair, who have known each other for some time, have been spotted together at London’s Savoy Hotel and at Ascot racecourse in Berkshire.

Since they met, they have exchanged a string of messages on social networking site Twitter.

After one meeting Elliott, 27, gushed: “I had the confidence of a gnat when I met Mr @stephenfry Show him some respect he’s the man.”

Elliot has been seen coming and going from the star’s home in west London.

He has also accompanied the QI host on trips to Europe and America.

The couple made a formal application to marry at a register office in Dereham, Norfolk — Fry’s home county — on December 23, documents show.

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One pal said: “Stephen and Elliot get on brilliantly together. It’s fantastic to see Stephen with a smile on his face again.

“He has been very, very open about his battles with drugs and depression.

« Elliot seems to have given him the confidence to live his life again. It’s great to have the old Stephen back.”

The star has been largely on his own since splitting from his partner of 14 years, former make-up and vitamin salesman Daniel Cohen, in 2010.