Linda Robson

Linda Robson admits she was close to a breakdown over spiralling debts

Sharnaz Shahid

Birds of a Feather star Linda Robson has opened up about the moment she almost suffered a breakdown due to spiralling debts. During Thursday's appearance on Loose Women, the 59-year-old revealed her struggle and the difficulty of keeping it a secret from her husband Mark Dunford. She told the panel: "I ran up a lot of debts when Birds of a Feather had ended but I was used to having a good income and buying things."

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Linda Robson said she was close to a breakdown over spiralling debts

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Elaborating further, she went on to reveal that she could not sleep at night. "I got myself into a state and I was lying in bed every night worrying," Linda explained. "I was lying there night after night worrying about telling Mark as he had been telling me that it would all catch up and I would get myself into debt." She added: "I thought I was going to have a breakdown, I really did. That initial panic telling Mark when he’d been telling me about debt... and with my kids... I felt ashamed."

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"I got myself into a state and I was lying in bed every night worrying," she explained

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Eventually the actress spoke to her husband about the difficult situation. Although he warned her about her expenditure, Mark helped pay off some of her debt. Making sure she is now careful with her spending, Linda confessed she's trying to help her five-year-old granddaughter Lila be savvy with money. "We gave Lila a piggybank and she's saving up £2 because she wants to go to Disneyland," she explained. The Loose Women panellist is famous for playing Tracey Stubbs in hit British sitcom Birds of a Feather. Linda also took part in the twelfth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, where she finished in ninth position.