Jamie Dornan Reveals He Battled Severe Depression After The Death Of His Mother & Close Friends

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May 29 2019, Published 12:48 a.m. ET

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Jamie Dornan is one of Hollywood's biggest stars, but before he got his big break, he suffered severe depression after the loss of his mother and a group of his close friends. Scroll through for more details!

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Jamie, 37, revealed that a string of tragedies in his teen years caused him to plunge into a dark place. He lost his mother to pancreatic cancer and a year later, four of his close pals perished in a automobile accident.

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"My mum died when I was 16 that was obviously a life-altering, insane, horrendous thing to happen. Then four of my mates killed themselves in a car crash when I was 17. I had a very rough couple of years that I guess I’m still dealing with both of those things today, every day," he explained on Jay Rayner's Out To Lunch podcast.

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He turned to alcohol to cope and dropped out of university when he realized he "wasn't on the right path." It wasn't until an interviewer for a marketing job he applied for pointed out that he was struggling with mental illness that a light bulb went off.

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"I got into an interview once and I was explaining what I got up to that summer, and the interviewer goes, ‘So you’re depressed?’ and I was like ‘Oh, s**t, yeah.’ I’d never seen it that way but I must have been depressed," he recalled.

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When his family realized he needed some direction, they pushed him to audition for Channel 4's Model Behaviour, which launched his meteoric rise to fame with acting.

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"My sister had seen this ad for Model Behaviour and it was just something to do, it got me out of the house. I convinced one of my mates to come with me, he tried to call it off on the morning, he said, ‘I’m not going.’ I said, ‘I’m 10 minutes away, you’re coming with me!' That morning changed my life. If I hadn’t have been able to convince him to go, I wouldn’t have gone," he recounted.

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