Ex-EastEnders star’s alcohol and drugs struggle he kept secret for 14 years

Ex EastEnders actor John Partridge opened up about his secret alcohol and drugs battle.

The 47-year-old, who has worked in the West End since he was 16, said that he developed the addiction because he ‘didn’t want to feel’.

In the frank interview on Good Morning Britain today, he revealed that he had been sober for 300 days after being forced to re-evaluate his life.

The actor played iconic character Christian Clarke from 2008 until 2012, and later returned to Walford intermittently between 2014 and 2016.

He is currently appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe where he can now talk about his own part experiences.

Speaking to Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway on GMB today, he said: "A\

He insisted that he was "loving [his] new life" before opening up about how his addiction struggle.

"I started working when I was 16 in the West End and I’m now 47 and don’t I look good for it? And it’s something that I’ve used throughout my career and throughout my life," he said. "Any form of addiction is about not wanting to feel, whether that is food, drugs, drink, shopping, sex… that’s what it’s about and that’s what I didn’t want to do.

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"I didn’t want to feel. I never felt confident in just being myself and just allowing myself to feel like me. And that’s why it took me a long time to [change my life around]."

He said that taking part in the Full Monty at the beginning of the year had allowed him to open up, adding: "And be honest about an aspect of my life I’d kept private even from my family for 14 years – and that was a floodgate for me.

"The overwhelming sense of relief and comfort and support I got from the public, from my friends and my family gave me the confidence to open out about my sobriety… it’s very difficult to talk about those sense of things because you feel a sense of shame."

*Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV

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