Stephen Mangan says losing his mum to cancer at 45 led him to pursue dream career

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Stephen Mangan, the actor known for his roles in Green Wing and Postman Pat, has opened up about how the loss of his mother to cancer at the age of 45 drastically changed his life's trajectory, ultimately leading him to pursue his dream career. He admitted that he spent three years 'hiding' after his mum's death.

In a candid conversation with Kate Thornton on her White Wine Question Time podcast, Mangan, who was born on the Essex border in Enfield, shared what motivated him to chase a career in the entertainment industry after earning a law degree.

He revealed: "I left university in May or June and my mum got ill in early September. I'd gotten this law degree, but I wasn't intending to be a lawyer. I didn't really know what I want, I wanted to be an actor, but it was just so far out of my family experience and the people I knew."

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"Mum died six months later and when you watch your mum go from an incredibly healthy, active 45-year-old and watch her decline in six months and then die, it's a profound and very, very vivid demonstration of how fragile we are and how little time we're alive. I think I had my audition for [Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts] maybe a week after she died, I applied a few weeks before she passed and just thought, this is I want to do."

He admitted: "I did three years at [Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts] and I think part of the reason that was good and useful for me was not only was I doing what I wanted to do, but I could hide from the world for three years because I was really grieving and my whole life was thrown into chaos. [...] It was a little cocoon that I could hide in while I tried to process what had happened to my mum.", reports Bristol Live.

Tragically, the actor also experienced the loss of his father to cancer, who passed away due to a brain tumour at 63. In other news, Mangan began the year by assuming a new challenge as the host for the Sunday afternoon 4pm slot on Classic FM.

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