Former Coronation Street star Kevin Kennedy (Curly Watts) has opened up about how the soap bosses ‘saved his life’ after his alohol addiction.
The actor, who has been sober for 22 years and runs an addiction charity with his wife Clare, revealed that they’ve been getting about 100 calls a week as opposed to their usual five per week, as people seek help amid the pandemic.
Recalling his own story on Good Morning Britain, the star was asked: ‘Kevin you talk about the Coronation Street bosses saving your life don’t you?’
He responded: ‘Without a doubt, they were very forward thinking.’
The 58-year-old said they sent him to rehabilitation, with the star encouraging other companies to take note.
‘Later on there were other actors that had problems and they followed the same process,’ he added.
Speaking about the impact that the pandemic has had on people coping with addiction, Kevin said: ‘It couldn’t be worse, because people are scared, people are not sure what’s going to happen in the future, so they’re self-medicating.’
However, he and Clare pointed out that it’s a good sign that people are asking for help.
Meanwhile, the former Corrie star has admitted he’s ‘hopeful’ to return to the cobbles after his exit in 2003.
He’s made no secret of the fact that he’d love to return, saying: ‘I hope so.’
Kevin added: ‘I am an actor, a musician, i’m in the business of telling stories, Coronation Street’s in the business of telling stories so if those two came together and there was a really good story, I’m sure they would come up with something.’
Previously speaking about his and Clare’s charity, he told The Argus: ‘Clare is the brains and the driving force. I’m just the pretty one.’
‘I haven’t got the patience to do what she does.
‘I have been at home when the phone goes and someone needs help. Whatever it is, she is on it. And if she can’t be there herself, she makes sure someone else is.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
If you need support…
You can contact Kennedy Street on their helpline: 01273 758561
Elsewhere, you can contact Drinkline on 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm) or visit Alcoholics Anonymous for more information.
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