Coronation Street actress Eve Steele has opened up about her lifelong struggles with addiction that started with her drinking from the age of 10.
The actress, who played supermarket Anne Malone from 1995 – 1998, revealed that she had turned to drugs by the time she was 12 and had developed a heroin addiction so severe she had ‘accepted that it would kill her’ by age 20.
Thankfully, she decided to turn her life around, and the 48-year-old has now been working on her sobriety for the best part of 30 years, beating her demons and coming out on top.
‘I’d heard alcohol made people sleepy so I started sneaking downstairs at night and having a couple of big glasses of our home brew,’ Eve explained of the start of her career.
‘I can picture myself aged 10, in the kitchen, stroking the cat as I drank – my secret way of coping.
‘I was about 12 when I started taking acid and ecstasy.’
‘I didn’t think it was anything about poor mental health. I just thought doing drugs and drinking alcohol was brilliant,’ she added.
This started a progressive decline for Eve who left her home aged 16 and had ‘given up’ as she started experimenting with worse drugs.
At the age of 21, she decided to get herself clean, and now she’s turning her past into a play in Glasgow’s Tron Theatre, The Political History of Smack and Crack.
Now, she’s staying on the straight and narrow with the help of 12 Step programmes available to her, and has invested her time in acting.
While Anne Malone, her Corrie character, met a less-than savoury end after becoming locked in an industrial freezer, Eve has managed to maintain a warm carer including roles in Doctors and Scott and Bailey.
She’s since added playwright to the list as she moved over onto the stage.
The tale follows life in Thatcher’s Britain, and life in Glasgow, and Eve helped create character Mandy alongside playwright Ed Edwards.
Mandy is seen falling in love as she struggles with addiction and tracks through to modern day marking the taboo around addiction and what it means for those that have one.
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