Denise Welch has opened up about her battle with clinical depression while promoting her new short film, Black Eyed Susan. The film follows her struggle with the disorder, and the former Coronation Street star revealed that she cried watching the scenes back.
Chatting on Lorraine, she said: "I did get a bit nervy before I did it. It's a bit like some people who love a drink aren't good at playing drunks - probably because they can't remember it - and I thought, 'Am I going to be able to portray my depression truly?'" She added: "It made me cry." Denise spoke candidly about her depression, saying: "It has been a long time I've had this. My eldest son is 28 and my depression started as postnatal. Many women who have postnatal will make a full recovery, unfortunately I didn't. Many people are speaking out thankfully as I felt like a lone voice."
Denise opened up about her depression
Denise's son Matthew is the frontman for The 1975s, and she revealed that he had contributed to the film's soundtrack, joking: "What's the point in having an international rock star son if I don't use him?!" Her youngest son Louis also had a role in the film. "We needed a young teenage actor and my youngest son Louis is fabulous teenage actor and I knew I'd have him for free," she joked. She spoke about her family's support of her illness, adding: "I'm blessed that my family understood. They never saw it as an indulgence. Yesterday in the Hollywood Hills surrounded by friends I woke up with anxiety. When mine sets in I can't do anything about it. But I have got through it, with it, and I'm excited."