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Fry tells festival of pain of depression

Stephen Fry says he has experienced depression so great that at times he has "wanted to die" even while hosting television quiz QI.

The actor and writer said during a talk on depression at the Hay Festival yesterday that he had "done whole episodes of QI where I have wanted to die... My lips are moving but I do not want to be."

Fry, who suffers from bipolar disorder, said it was "unreasonable" for him to be unhappy. "I have no reason to be unsatisfied with my life and all it has given me," he said. "Indeed, most of the time I am happy – but there are times when I want to slash my throat."