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17/02/2015 07:01 GMT | Updated 17/02/2015 07:59 GMT

'EastEnders' New Actor Richard Blackwood Admits Feeling 'Depressed And Suicidal' During Low Point In His Career

Richard Blackwood has admitted that he had considered suicide in his darkest moments, before landing his new role on ‘EastEnders’.

In the late 1990s, Richard had been tipped for big things off the back of his stint as a presenter on MTV, but after his music career failed to take off, he disappeared from the public eye for over a decade.

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Richard Blackwood

Speaking to The Mirror, Richard confesses: “I was young and had all this money, and I just thought it would never stop. I was buying things I didn’t need.

“I had lots of hangers-on at the height of my fame and they all wanted a piece of the action.

“I had a TV show, MTV and a music career ­simultaneously. It was a roller-coaster that had to hit a wall at some point because it was too much. For any young guy, that is too much too soon.”

Things got worse in 2003, when he was declared bankrupt, with him revealing that when the work dried up he fell into a depression that left him contemplating suicide.

He says: “It was very real for me back then. Every time I walked out of the house, I was reminded by people that I had failed.

“I actually tried to throw myself out of a window, and that’s very true. An ex-­girlfriend at the time stopped me from doing it. But it was a very dark time.”

Luckily things have since turned around for him, and in 2011 his career took a dramatic turn for the better when he landed a part in the musical version of ‘Shrek’, opposite Amanda Holden.

It was revealed last month that Richard would be making his ‘EastEnders’ debut during this week’s dramatic ‘live week’ celebrations, but he isn’t the only star to be arriving in Albert Square.

Denise Van Outen has also landed a brief role in the BBC soap, with her first scenes set to air in the spring.

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