Stephen Fry has confirmed he is due to marry his partner, Elliott Spencer.
The 57-year-old comedian said he is “very, very happy” following reports he has given formal notice to wed the 27-year-old at a register office in Dereham, Norfolk.
Writing on Twitter, he said: “Oh. It looks as though a certain cat is out of a certain bag.
“I’m very very happy of course but had hoped for a private wedding. Fat chance!”
Fry’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.”
Mr Spencer (far left) with Fry, friends and actress Emma Thompson
Fry received hundreds of tweets of congratulations from both fans and other celebrities.
He wrote: “Your adorable tweets are bringing me close to sobbing.”
Fry has been open about his past battles with depression and drug abuse which he has written about in his autobiographies and for television.
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.
Fry 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”.
A friend of the star told The Sun: “Since Stephen met Elliott it is like he has a new lust for life.”
Fry recently starred in The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies and has a number of other film projects in the pipeline.