Former Corrie star Charlie Condou shares struggles after leaving soap

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Former Coronation Street star Charlie Condou has shared that he faced struggles after his departure from the soap.

The star initially appeared for a year-long stint at Marcus Dent between 2007 and 2008, before returning three years later, eventually departing in 2014.

Opening up about the aftermath in an interview for Brood Magazine, Charlie – who is a parent to two children – reflected on the importance of being the best version of oneself to be a good parent.

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Photo credit: Mark Robert Milan/GC Images - Getty Images

"I think it's about making sure you are a solid foundation, because yes, I've been through some terrible times in my life, but I have consciously tried to sort my shit out so that I don't put that on to them," he said.

"I had a bit of breakdown after I left Corrie, as I had left for the right reasons but suddenly I had [no] job, no money, and things were tough and I got myself into therapy because I needed to help myself.

"It's very easy to look back and blame the fact that my dad wasn't around and my mum was working all the time, or whatever it may be, but it's very easy to blame your problems on other people. And while that might be the reason for your problems, at some point you have to take ownership of that."

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Photo credit: ITV

Charlie said that seeing a therapist was "brilliant" for him and helped him to "figure out" who he was.

"I think we take care of our physical selves all the time but so many of us don't take care of our mental health and wellbeing," he went on to note.

The star also spoke about his decision to depart from the soap, confirming he wanted to be a more "present" dad: "There were a lot of great things about being at Corrie and it was a hard decision to make.

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Photo credit: Stuart C. Wilson - Getty Images

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"I had been deliberating it for months, because in a sense you've got job security – you can potentially be there for a long time; you know when you can take your holidays, and all those things.

"I was giving that role up with essentially nothing to go into, but my children lived in London, and I didn't want to be so far away from them."

As well as Corrie, Charlie has also appeared in Holby City, initially playing a guest role in 2007 before a regular stint as consultant Ben Sherwood between 2019 and 2020.

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV and streams on the ITV Hub.

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If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov.

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