Good Karma Hospital star Neil Morrissey has charmed TV fans in a variety of memorable roles for nearly 40 years.
But it is perhaps for his comedic roles in Boon, Carrie and Barry and (of course) Men Behaving Badly he is best known.
Despite bringing so many laughs to viewers over the years, some fans might be surprised to learn Neil didn’t have the easiest of childhoods.
Now 59, Neil and his youngest brother Stephen spent time being raised in foster homes.
Good Karma Hospital actor Neil Morrissey on going into care
Neil opened up his feelings about going into care during his appearances in Pilgrimage: The Road to Santiago.
He revealed he was separated from his family aged 10 during the BBC series which first aired in 2018.
Reflecting on his family life, Neil indicated his mum and dad were “lovely people” but “crap parents”.
He added: “The social workers had their eye on us. We were the kind of kids that would get out of the house and go feral.
“Burglary and breaking and entering, which I found very exciting.”
‘Didn’t want to go home’
The actor also told fellow celebs on the show he didn’t have the opportunity to say farewell to his mum and dad.
Furthermore, Neil didn’t see his youngest brother for a decade after his future was decided in court.
He explained he recalled his parents sobbing – but wasn’t able to process what was happening.
No hugs, no kisses, no goodbyes.
“Never seen them cry,” Neil said.
“Then my parents walk off. No hugs, no kisses, no goodbyes.”
Neil added, poignantly, that Stephen left through a separate door and that was the last time the brothers saw each other in ten years.
And it seems Neil reckons drama – which he took up at 11 – helped him cope.
“By the time I was 14, I’d kind of given up on them [his parents],” Neil added.
“They actually said to me, ‘You can go home if you want’, and I went, ‘I don’t want to’.”
The Good Karma Hospital airs on ITV on Sunday February 6 at 8pm.
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