Youthful: The pair get on well despite the age gap
Stephen Fry last year revealed how he suffered from loneliness – but it seems these days he has a new spring in his step.
The outspoken comedian and actor has been spending increasing amounts of time in the company of a young man called Elliot Spencer.
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.
Pals: The pair have been spotted out and about from London to Berkshire
Since they met, they have exchanged a string of messages on social networking site Twitter.
After one meeting Elliot gushed: “I had the confidence of a gnat when I met Mr @stephenfry Show him some respect he’s the man.”
I had the confidence of a gnat when I met Mr @stephenfry Show him some respect – he's the man.
— Elliott G Spencer (@ElliottGSpencer) July 13, 2014
Elliot, who looks years younger than the 57-year-old former Blackadder star, 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.
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.
Happy: Elliot has ‘given him the confidence to live his life again’
Following the break-up, he went on to date aspiring actor Steve Webb, who is half his age, but the romance was short-lived.
Stephen is bipolar and has fought a very public battle with depression for decades.
Last year he wrote a heartfelt piece about loneliness.
it he said: “In the end loneliness is the most terrible and contradictory of my problems.
"I hate having only myself to come home to.
“It’s not that I want a sexual partner, someone to share a bed and a snuggle on the sofa with – although perhaps I do and in the past I have had and it has been joyful.
"But the fact is I value my privacy too. It’s a lose-lose matter. I don’t want to be left alone.”