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Stephen Fry's fiancé Elliott Spencer banned from driving for speeding

8 January 2015
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On Wednesday Stephen Fry's new fiancé Elliott Spencer was banned from driving for seven days for speeding. The 27-year-old was driving an Aston Martin to the Hay-on-Wye literary festival in May – his now-fiancé was due on stage at the event. A court heard that the pair were running late due to Bank Holiday traffic when the star, 57, "persuaded" his boyfriend to "put his foot down". The speed of the Aston Martin, which had been loaned to the couple so they could test drive it, then shot up to 101mph in a 70mph zone.

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Stephen Fry received a brief driving ban for speeding on Wednesday

Appearing at Cwmbran Magistrates' Court in South Wales on Wednesday morning, the day after the couple announced their engagement, Elliott pleaded guilty to a charge of speeding and was banned from driving for seven days, and fined a total of £205. He was accompanied to the hearing by Stephen, and the pair left court together. Their barrister Mark Wyeth QC said: "Mr Fry, who is Spencer's partner, was due as the new president of the literature festival and was due that afternoon to give his inaugural address. "They hit a large backlog of traffic and in a moment of indiscretion Mr Fry suggested to Spencer that he might like to get a move on. "No other drivers were inconvenienced and he eventually did make it by a matter of a few minutes, in time for the festival.

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Stephen Fry announced this week that he is to wed his partner Elliott Spencer

"Mr Fry assumes all responsibility because it was his decision that made Spencer put his foot down." This week it was revealed that Stephen will marry Elliott, 30 years his junior, after a whirlwind romance. Stephen told fans he is "very very happy" despite his hopes for a "private wedding" being dashed. The TV star confirmed the news on his Twitter account on Tuesday. "Oh. It looks as though a certain cat is out of a certain bag," he wrote. "I'm very very happy of course but had hoped for a private wedding. Fat chance!"

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