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‘This may very well be profession ending!’ Waterloo Road’s Richard Mylan admits to 20-year heroin addiction

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‘It was the largest mistake I ever made’: Waterloo Road’s Richard Mylan admits to ‘profession ending’ 20-year heroin addiction which stemmed from his ‘crippling anxiety’

  • Detailing how his personal and work relationships suffered within the candid interview, he revealed ‘chunks of his life’ were taken away and he felt as thought he had been ‘washed up on a shoreline’
  • The actor, 48, who notably played deputy headteacher Simon Lowsley in Waterloo Road, admitted his ‘crippling anxiety’ as a West End star in the beginning of his profession was accountable for his bad decisions 
  • He told how he has been in recovery for 10 years and desires to ‘alleviate’ the stigma related to addicts so that they can seek help
  • Richard – who has also appeared in The Bill – said ‘it was the largest mistake he ever made’ and even claimed his admission may very well be ‘profession ending’ in a video

Richard Mylan has confessed to a 20-year heroin addiction, which he has kept a secret up until now.

The actor, 48, who notably played deputy headteacher Simon Lowsley in Waterloo Road, admitted his ‘crippling anxiety’ as a West End star in the beginning of his profession was accountable for his bad decisions.

Detailing how his personal and work relationships suffered within the candid interview, he revealed ‘chunks of his life’ were taken away and he felt as thought he had been ‘washed up on a shoreline’.

‘It was the largest mistake I ever made’: Waterloo Road’s Richard Mylan has admitted to a ‘profession ending’ 20-year heroin addiction which stemmed from his ‘crippling anxiety’

He told the BBC how he has been in recovery for 10 years and desires to ‘alleviate’ the stigma related to addicts so that they can seek help.

Richard – who has also appeared in The Bill – said ‘it was the largest mistake he ever made’ and even claimed his admission may very well be ‘profession ending’ in a video.

He began: ”It just looked as if it would spiral an increasing number of uncontrolled as my life progressed, and my personal relationship suffered, my work relationships suffered, it robbed me of my inner ambition.

Tragic: Detailing how his personal and work relationships suffered in the candid interview, the actor, 48, revealed 'chunks of his life' were taken away from him (pictured in 2005)

Tragic: Detailing how his personal and work relationships suffered within the candid interview, the actor, 48, revealed ‘chunks of his life’ were taken away from him (pictured in 2005)

‘Ultimately, I’d had enough. I’d simply had enough of that cycle of just being dragged under. It’s almost like being washed up on a shoreline, half dead and considering, “Enough.” 

‘And that is why we’ve got to challenge stigma, cos if we’ve got any likelihood of fellow addicts plugging back into that, we’ve got to alleviate a few of that stigma on the very least since it keeps people down there.’ 

While Waterloo Road is returning to BBC Three later this 12 months, with filming having already begun, it’s unclear whether Richard will reprise his role. 

Opening up: He told how he has been in recovery for 10 years and wants to 'alleviate' the stigma associated with addicts so they can seek help

Opening up: He told how he has been in recovery for 10 years and desires to ‘alleviate’ the stigma related to addicts so that they can seek help

Wow! Richard - who has also appeared in The Bill - said 'it was the biggest mistake he ever made' and even claimed his admission could be 'career ending' in a video

Wow! Richard – who has also appeared in The Bill – said ‘it was the largest mistake he ever made’ and even claimed his admission may very well be ‘profession ending’ in a video

Richard shares son Jaco Mylan, 17, together with his make-up artist Tammie Dineen wife, who successfully fought an unspecified kind of cancer in 2018. 

Speaking on the time of their wedding, he said: ‘We met on the set of Waterloo Road, we were each single and we frequently found ourselves at silly o’clock within the morning together and we got together really quickly.

‘We actually just hit it off immediately. In actual fact, I just about knew as soon as I met her I desired to marry her.

‘I proposed to her on a bench that we used to take a seat on loads overlooking the River Clyde.

Fingers crossed! He played deputy headteacher Simon Lowsley in Waterloo Road, although it is unclear whether Richard will reprise his role in the BBC Three reboot later this year

Fingers crossed! He played deputy headteacher Simon Lowsley in Waterloo Road, even though it is unclear whether Richard will reprise his role within the BBC Three reboot later this 12 months

‘Waterloo Road had finished filming and I used to be returning to Cardiff and she or he was going home to Dundee and I arrange my camera and said we should always take some photos of our special place.

‘I believe she wondered what on earth I used to be doing because I kept setting it up for various poses after which I went down on one knee!’

Richard won two Welsh Baftas for a documentary he made with Jaco documenting his life with autism.

Couple: Richard shares son Jaco Mylan, 17, with his make-up artist Tammie Dineen wife, who successfully fought an unspecified type of cancer in 2018 (pictured in 2016)

Couple: Richard shares son Jaco Mylan, 17, together with his make-up artist Tammie Dineen wife, who successfully fought an unspecified kind of cancer in 2018 (pictured in 2016)

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