Crippled by gloom, Stephen Fry hid himself away in his hotel room and prepared for death.
The 55-year-old TV star downed a cocktail of pills and booze before slipping into unconsciousness.
But the popular QI presenter told how he was saved by his producer who happened to come to his room and found him slumped on the floor.
Fry lifted the lid on his suicide anguish as he gave a frank interview to comic Richard Herring at the Leicester Square Theatre in London.
The audience listened in shock as he told how he was filming overseas one day last year when he spiralled into a deep depression brought about by his well-documented bipolar disorder.
Fry said: “I am the victim of my own moods, more than most people are perhaps, in as much as I have a condition which requires me to take medication so that I don’t get either too hyper or too depressed to the point of suicide.
“I would go as far as to tell you that I attempted it last year, so I’m not always happy.
"It was a close run thing. I took a huge number of pills and a huge amount of vodka and the mixture of them made my body convulse so much that I broke four ribs, but I was still unconscious.
“And, fortunately, the producer I was filming with at the time came into the hotel room and I was found in a sort of unconscious state and taken back to England and looked after.”