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‘This could be the end of your career!’ Richard Mylan of Waterloo Road admits to being addicted to heroin for 20 years

‘It was the biggest mistake I’ve ever made’: Waterloo Road’s Richard Mylan admits to ‘career-ending’ 20-year heroin addiction stemming from his ‘crippling anxiety’

  • Detailing how his personal and work relationships suffered in the candid interview, he revealed that “pieces of his life” were taken away from him and he felt like he had been “washed ashore”.
  • The actor, 48, who notably played deputy director Simon Lowsley in Waterloo Road, has admitted his “crippling anxiety” as a West End star early in his career was to blame for his poor choices.
  • 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
  • Richard, who also appeared on The Bill, said “it was the biggest mistake I’ve ever made” and even claimed his admission could be the “end of his career” in a video.

Richard Mylan has confessed to a heroin addiction of 20 years, which he has kept secret until now.

The actor, 48, who notably played deputy director Simon Lowsley in Waterloo Road, has admitted his “crippling anxiety” as a West End star early in his career was to blame for his poor choices.

Detailing how his personal and work relationships suffered in the candid interview, he revealed that “pieces of his life” were taken away from him and he felt like he had been “cast to the shore”.

'It was the biggest mistake I've ever made': Waterloo Road's Richard Mylan has admitted to having a 20-year heroin addiction that 'finished his career' and stemmed from his 'crippling anxiety'

‘It was the biggest mistake I’ve ever made’: Waterloo Road’s Richard Mylan has admitted to having a 20-year heroin addiction that ‘finished his career’ and stemmed from his ‘crippling anxiety’

told the BBC how he has been in recovery for 10 years and wants to ‘alleviate’ the stigma associated with addicts so they can seek help.

Richard, who also appeared on The Bill, said “it was the biggest mistake he ever made” and even claimed his admission could be “the end of his career” in a video.

He began: “It just seemed to get more and more out of control as my life went on, 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 'pieces of his life' were taken from him (pictured in 2005)

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

‘In the end, I had enough. He’d had enough of that cycle of being dragged down. It’s almost like being washed up on shore, half dead and thinking, “Enough.”

“And that’s why we have to challenge the stigma, because if we have any chance of fellow addicts reconnecting, we have to alleviate some of that stigma at least because it keeps people down there.”

While Waterloo Road will return to BBC Three later this year, and filming has already started, it’s unclear if Richard will reprise his role.

Opening: 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: 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

Wow!  Richard, who also appeared on The Bill, said that

Wow! Richard, who also appeared on The Bill, said “it was the biggest mistake he’s ever made” and even claimed his admission could be the “end of his career” for him in a video.

Richard shares son Jaco Mylan, 17, with his wife, makeup artist Tammie Dineen, who successfully battled an unspecified type of cancer in 2018.

Speaking at the time of their wedding, he said: “We met on the Waterloo Road set, we were both single and we often ran into each other at stupid o’clock in the morning and we got together very quickly.”

‘We really hit it off right away. In fact, I almost knew as soon as I met her that I wanted to marry her.

“I proposed to her on a bench we used to sit on in a lot overlooking the River Clyde.

Fingers crossed!  He played deputy director Simon Lowsley in Waterloo Road, though it's unclear if Richard will reprise his role in the BBC Three reboot later this year.

Fingers crossed! He played deputy director Simon Lowsley in Waterloo Road, though it’s unclear if Richard will reprise his role in the BBC Three reboot later this year.

‘Waterloo Road had finished filming and I was on my way back to Cardiff and she was on her way home to Dundee and I set up my camera and said we should take some photos of our special place.

‘I think he wondered what the hell I was doing because I kept setting him up for different poses and then I got down on one knee.’

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

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

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

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