Stephen Fry has said he is “very, very happy” to be marrying his partner.

The 57-year-old was responding to reports that he had given formal notice to wed Elliott Spencer, 27, at a register office in Dereham, Norfolk, near to where he grew up.

Stephen’s personal assistant confirmed that the news was correct.

She described it as a private matter, but issued a brief statement on his behalf.

It said: “Stephen Fry is very happy and proud to say that he has set the wheels in motion for a wedding sometime in the future but no date has been set due to a busy work schedule.”

A picture of Stephen Fry at a gala dinner
Stephen Fry (John Phillips/AP/Press Association Images)

Stephen, who has spoken openly about his struggles with drug abuse and depression, has largely kept his love life private, although he reportedly separated from a long-term partner five years ago.

In his latest autobiography, More Fool Me, the actor admitted taking cocaine in Buckingham Palace at the height of his addiction.

He includes a long list of venues where he took the drug – the House of Commons, BBC Television Centre and various private members’ clubs.

(Ian Nicholson/PA)
(Ian Nicholson/PA)

Stephen said he took the drug over 15 years until 2001 and spent “tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of pounds, and as many hours, sniffing, snorting and tooting away time”.

He has also spoken about a suicide attempt in 2012 while filming a documentary about homophobia around the world.