Fry made the confession while being interviewed for Richard Herring's Leicester Square podcast.
As reported by comedy website Chortle, Fry attempted suicide happened while he was filming on location. He was discovered in his hotel room by the producer, who called an ambulance.
Fry told Herring:
"It was a close-run thing. I took a huge number of pills and a huge amount of vodka. The mixture of them made my body convulse so much that I broke four ribs – but I was still unconscious.
"'Fortunately the producer – I was filming at the time – came into the hotel room and I was found in an unconscious state and taken back and looked after. 'You may say, "How can anybody who's got it all be so stupid as to want to end it all?"
"That's the point, there is no "why?" That's not the right question. There is no reason. If there was reason for it, you could reason someone out of it."