Stephen Fry has revealed he’s ‘very happy’ and feeling better than ever after dropping five-and-a-half stone since April.
The 61-year-old TV personality appeared on BBC Breakfast on Thursday, admitting he’s feeling ‘proud’ of himself for coming back fighting in the wake of his battle with prostate cancer in 2018.
The comedian told hosts Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt he’d achieved the fantastic results by walking as much as possible and ‘eating sensibly’.
Fighting fit: Stephen Fry has revealed he’s ‘very happy’ and feeling better than ever after dropping five-and-a-half stone since April
Asked how he was feeling, Stephen enthused: ‘At the moment I’m happy, there is the vertical moment and the horizontal and at the moment I’m very happy, I’m happily married.
‘I’ve lost a bit of weight so I’m feeling proud of myself.’
Reminded that he had looked great in the first place, Fry said: ‘I was overweight, I have lost five and a half stone. I was 21 stone nearly, in April I was that heavy.’
Quizzed how he’d managed to lose the weight, Stephen explained: ‘I walk a lot and that helps my mood as well I find.
‘It’s not a guaranteed help for mental stress and anxiety or anything else but it does help me and it means I can listen to audio books as I walk, and podcasts, and you eat up the miles that way, and talking of eating up, eating sensibly.’
Keeping moving: The comedian told hosts Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt he’d achieved the fantastic results by walking as much as possible and ‘eating sensibly’
‘I’m relieved’, Stephen said when asked how he feels when he looks in the mirror now.
The star also discussed his stage show and his cricket podcast series with Stuart Broad, as well as giving a message to youngsters who might be disappointed with their GCSE results.
‘It doesn’t matter in the end, what matters is what kind of person you are, staying alert and curious’, he said.
‘I’d rather be an unqualified success than a qualified success.’
Delighted: The TV star said, ‘I’ve lost a bit of weight so I’m feeling proud of myself’
Stephen recently revealed he made some changes to his life after his cancer battle.
He told MailOnline: ‘I’m eating better and exercising more, but it hasn’t changed my perspective on life, I’m just carrying on.’
The comedian revealed earlier this year that that he had no symptoms before he was diagnosed with the disease at the end of 2017.
Health kick: Stephen recently revealed he made some changes to his life after battling prostate cancer back in 2018
Throwback: Stephen pictured in December 2018, around the time he was diagnosed with prostate cancer
The actor underwent an operation to have his prostate removed in February last year.
He previously said: ‘Cancer is just something that rings in your head. ‘I’ve got cancer’, I went around saying to myself; ‘Good heaven’s Stephen you’re not the sort of person who gets cancer’.’
He said: ‘Here’s hoping I get another few years left on this planet because I enjoy life at the moment and that’s a marvellous thing to be able to say and I’d rather it didn’t go away.’
Moving forward: Stephen, who is happily married to Elliott Spencer, 32, (pictured), said having cancer hasn’t changed his perspective on life
Fry, who noted he had no symptoms to indicate any problems with his prostate cancer before his diagnosis, described the cancer as an ‘aggressive little b**ger’.
The only reason he became aware of any issue was when doctors found his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels were higher than he liked.
But Stephen after his operation: ‘It all seemed to go pretty well, they took the prostate out, they took out 11 lymph nodes.’
Stephen also told MailOnline that he couldn’t believe he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British LGBT Awards on Friday.
He said: ‘One cannot but reflect that I’m winning an award for something that would have put me in prison when I was 15.
‘Things have changed but there’s still much to do.’
Up until 1967, gay and bisexual men could face a maximum sentence of life in prison. It was never illegal between two women.
Speaking about himself as a person, Stephen continued: ‘No human being is a noun. We are verbs. We are all works in progress. So you can adopt a label and drop it because you’re moving forwards.’
Stephen was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British LGBT Awards on Friday and said: ‘One cannot but reflect that I’m winning an award for something that would have put me in prison when I was 15’