Coronation Street actress Nicola Thorp has opened up about the struggles with mental health she had before she won her role as Nicola Rubinstein on the ITV soap.
Speaking candidly on BBC Radio 5 Live’s The Emma Barnett Show she confessed: “I had, I dunno what you’d call it to this day, essentially a nervous breakdown.
“I was depressed, suffered very badly with anxiety and started to have suicidal thoughts. That’s what my life was.
“It was a very, very dark place to be in… I think it was something that was always there.”
She continued: “I felt I couldn’t talk about it, I was isolated, completely in my own world, and that if I did open up and talk to people they would think I was, and I hate to use this word, but mad.”
The actress who has appeared in Corrie since last year went on to say that when she did start opening up to people, she realised she was far from alone in suffering from depression.
“Everyone is capable of going through and suffering depression,” she added.
“It’s something that I think will happen to almost everybody in their lives, and the more we talk about it, the more people can stop suffering in silence.”
Nicola’s character is in for a busy time on the cobbles as she prepares to give birth to the baby she’s expecting with Gary Windass.
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The pair had a one night stand last year which resulted in her getting pregnant, despite Gary being in a relationship with Sarah Platt.
Then there’s the small matter of her dad Pat Phelan still being at large and plotting his return to get revenge on those who betrayed him.