The Coronation Street actor Simon Gregson is all too aware that just because you’re a well-known TV personality doesn’t mean you’re exempt from the difficulties that everyone else encounters.
Alongside Nicholas Cochrane, who portrayed Steve McDonald’s twin brother Andy, Simon has played Steve McDonald in the ITV serial opera since 1989. Numerous honors have been given to him for his depiction of the character, who has been married several times throughout the years. Among them is a 2017 Legends of Industry Award for Television Acting.
With his humorous one-liners, humble demeanor, and interactions with his spooky wife Tracy (Kate Ford) and daughter Amy (Elle Mulvaney), Steve is also a big fan favorite.
Despite all of this, Simon has acknowledged that he has had hardships in life. Speaking to Cheshire Life magazine, Simon Gregory discussed how, at the age of 15, he had to swiftly adjust to popularity. Simon and his wife Emma Gregory recently took over the Morley Tea Rooms on the outskirts of Wilmslow, Cheshire.
He remembered, “There was significant press intrusion.” I had to study acting on the job since I was a young person who had been taken from a typical secondary comprehensive school and suddenly became well-known.
Over the years, Simon has been a part of several enormous narratives, such as a protracted one in which Steve battled depression.
“After that plot, boys started approaching me to thank me and say they were getting the support they needed, which had changed their lies.” Simon agreed that it was amazing.
He also said that he has experienced his own mental health issues.
Growing up, he said, “I was always really anxious, worrying about what people thought of me.” “It made me try too hard, and because I over-shared and over-cared, things got worse.”
The actor said that this had resulted in spells of despair and that he only realized he needed treatment when his three sons, who are now 8, 14, and 16, began to notice something was wrong. Simon’s anxiety disorder has been present for more than 20 years, according to a doctor.
Simon admitted to trying medicine and sharing his feelings on Twitter, but he said that one particular event set him on the path to recovery.
He remarked, “Personally, I believe everyone has a mental trigger that can aid in recovery.” “Do I want to be surrounded by my family on my deathbed wishing I worried more?” was the question I was asking myself. My answer is no.
“That was a lightbulb moment.” I simply let things go now. I’ve learnt how to teach my brain to let go of things that are unimportant.
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