Christopher Eccleston ‘nearly lost everything’ during mental health struggles

Christopher Eccleston has said he almost “lost everything” as he battled with his mental health.

The former Doctor Who actor, 57, was hospitalised with severe clinical depression and has now candidly discussed the moments he reached his lowest point.

Speaking with Plymouth-based Big Issue magazine vendor Clive – a publication the actor is an ambassador for – Christopher said: “I think the received idea about people who sell The Big Issue is that they’ve never had a ‘successful life’.

“But I discovered that when I had a severe clinical depression and I was hospitalised… I nearly lost everything.

“There was one night I thought I was going to die. I was running down Euston Road with a suitcase. Now, if anybody has seen me they’d have gone, ‘Oh, there’s Doctor Who’.

Christopher Eccleston has discussed the moments he was at his lowest point.
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“My point is, I don’t think people understand how quickly it can happen. Particularly in times of economic recession.”

He admitted he “broke down” and experienced a mental health episode while he was filming for the first series of The A Word on BBC, which aired in 2016.

He described how his character called Maurice was comical and how he would spend 10 hours a day portraying this character before going back to his hotel room and being unable to sleep.

He added that he had been in “fight or flight for a couple of years and could no longer fight or fly”.

The actor said his brain chemistry was telling him that he was about to die, but not necessarily by taking his own life.

“I don’t know whether it would be called psychosis, I was just convinced that I was about to die all night,” he said.

He continued to say that by the time the morning came and he donned his costume for recording he was fine.

And now Christopher has agreed to work with Clive, who have produced a short play that will be performed at Plymouth’s Theatre Royal alongside the hit show NHS The Musical.

Christopher played the ninth Doctor Who
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Christopher was the star of Doctor Who as he was the ninth doctor. He has since challenged the show’s producers to create more female enemies.

There has never been a cyberwoman in the series, but one did appear in the spin-off Torchwood in 2006.

The actor who played the Doctor for a single series in 2005 also challenged the producers to look at history from a female perspective.

*If you are struggling with mental health, you can speak to a trained advisor from Mind mental health charity on 0300 123 3393 or email [email protected]

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