British actor Stephen Fry has opened up about his cocaine use, insisting he used the drug to calm him down when he was feeling "hyper."
The TV star, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, took the drug for 15 years to help control his mood swings and reveals that he used to spend hours solving crosswords when he was high.
He tells Sky Arts program "In Confidence," "There were 15 years of pretty chronic cocaine taking. In my most hyper frames of mind, I found it was a wonderful drug to take to calm me down. Most people took it as a stimulant!
"I tended towards the end to take it alone at home and play word games, mind spinning. I'd do very difficult crosswords... I would spend hours on those."
But he insists he was never truly addicted to the drug, adding, "I found it extremely easy to stop (taking it), but it took me a very long time to get to a position where I was ready to."