Tony Slattery, 59, used to spend £4,000 a WEEK on cocaine and vodka

Tony Slattery, 59, reveals he used to spend £4,000 a WEEK on 10 grams of cocaine and two bottles of vodka… and was taking drugs cut with human FAECES

  • Comedian appeared on Thursday’s edition of This Morning to discuss his battle with addiction
  • Tony was spending £4,000 a week on cocaine at his lowest point and drinking two bottles of vodka a day 
  • After quitting his drug habit, he sent it off for toxicology report which found he had actually been snorting 5 per cent cocaine, cut glass, human and animal faeces 
  • The Whose Line Is It Anyway? star also opened up about his bipolar disorder
  • Admitted partner Mark Michael Hutchinson has kept him ‘alive’ for the past 35 years 

Tony Slattery has detailed his harrowing battle with addiction and bipolar disorder during an appearance on This Morning.

Speaking on Thursday’s edition of the show, the comedian, 59, revealed he was spending £4,000 a week on his drug habit at his lowest point, taking 10 grams of cocaine and downing two bottles of vodka.

The Whose Line Is It Anyway? star also discussed his ongoing struggle with bipolar disorder, crediting his partner of 35 years, fellow actor Mark Michael Hutchinson, with keeping him alive.  

Candid: Tony Slattery has detailed his harrowing battle with addiction and bipolar disorder during an appearance on Thursday’s edition of This Morning

Tony explained to hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that struggled with feeling depressed at the height of his career, turning cocaine and booze in a bid to cope.

He said: ‘If you’re not born into money, you don’t know when it’s going to stop, you think it’s streak of luck. I really enjoyed working but all work no play take its toll.

‘I remember on Good Morning, many years ago, Lorraine talked about it, she said, “How can you have all this money and be depressed?”

‘The overwork, no holidays, no taking a break, eventually you snap, you try to replace it with something. In my case, it was cocaine. 

‘Then the booze came along, then the depression set in… I was drinking two bottles of vodka a day and doing 10 grams of coke.’

Back in the day: The Whose Line Is It Anyway? star also discussed his ongoing struggle with bipolar disorder, crediting his partner of 35 years, fellow actor  Mark Michael Hutchinson, with keeping him alive

Beloved: Tony (pictured second from right) is best known for his role on improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway? 

Tony also touched upon the moment he gave up cocaine, saying it was the shame of his mother discovering £160,000 worth of cheques stuffed behind his sofa.

Admitting he was financially ‘naive’, Tony had been stashing cash from his agents there because he didn’t know what to do with them. 

After quitting his drug habit, he sent it off for toxicology report, which found he had actually been snorting 5 per cent cocaine, cut glass and – to his horror, human and animal faeces. 

Talking about his experience with the drug, he said: ‘It’s not fun, I wouldn’t recommend it, the devil’s dandruff, it heightens makes you uninterruptible, irrational, disinterested.’  

Tough time: Tony explained to hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that struggled with feeling depressed at the height of his career, turning cocaine and booze in a bid to cope

In the midst of his woes, Tony met with a psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with bipolar disorder, a mental health condition that affects your moods, which can swing from one extreme to another.

‘Something else there, there’s something darker there, bipolarity. Stigma is getting better about mental illness, bipolarity is like autism or any disease, it’s a huge spectrum, it’s everything in between’, he explained.

‘It was unravelling, to use a cliché, you’ve got a cut infected by a microbe long time to find out what it is, what you need to take.

‘I am interested into the whole aspect of bipolarity how it used to be, rather dismiss it as he’s a bit moody, one day he’s this and another that.’

He mused: ‘The isolation that comes with bipolarity and depression, you alienate people. They want to like you and love you, if you don’t answer messages that’s all they can do.’


Discussing his experience with cocaine, he said: ‘It’s not fun, I wouldn’t recommend it, the devil’s dandruff, it heightens makes you uninterruptible, irrational, disinterested’

Thankfully, the TV personality was able to stay afloat thanks to his ‘incredible’ partner of 35 years, Mark, who managed to stop him from isolating himself.

He recalled: ‘I met him in a musical, Me and My Girl, we were both very shy and didn’t speak to each for six months. 

‘Our eyes lingered just a bit too long [on one occasion] – without him I’d be dead no question about that!’

Tony made light of how times have changed, saying that people forget he’s still alive.

Discussing his Edinburgh Fringe show, Tony joked: ‘People come up to me at the Fringe and say: “God, I thought you were dead.”’

Brave: He said, ‘The isolation that comes with bipolarity and depression, you alienate people’

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