Keeley Hawes

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Keeley Hawes suffers from depression, which began when she was a teenager. The actress has admitted that she has not found a cure for her ‘chemical imbalance,’ nor does she think she will ever be completely free from its grip.

‘I started suffering with depression when I was 17,’ she revealed in an interview. ‘[Therapy] hasn’t worked for me. I’ve got a chemical imbalance that has to be managed. And then it’s fine.’ ‘It’s not something that’s cured and then goes away and you move on. You are always aware, even if it’s only on a bad morning here and there, that it can escalate quickly,’ the former model told Red magazine. She added: ‘Life’s too short for that. I wouldn’t let it happen again. I wouldn’t let it overtake me.’

I have great sympathy for individuals who endure this form of illness. Even in my worst moments. I can still see how relative everything is to the most tragic events I read about in newspapers. An innate self deprecating sense of humour also helps greatly.Yet depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days; after all, we all go through spells of feeling down, but when you’re depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days.

Some people still think that depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They’re wrong. Depression is a real illness with real symptoms, and it’s not a sign of weakness or something you can “snap out of” by “pulling yourself together”. The encouraging news is that with the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery. Some however, like Keeley Hawes, must live and deal with it.

Recommended viewing

Ashes to Ashes (BBC Tv) 2008-10

Line of Duty (BBC Tv Series 2 & 3) 2014-16

The Bodyguard (BBC Tv) 2018

Richard Madden serves as the stoic guardian to Hawes’s conservative Home Secretary Julia Montague, up until the moment when she gets blown up by a terrorist. Though Julia’s death was a shock to everyone watching the show (including my wife and I), I would subsequently read that Hawes knew about her character’s demise ahead of time, and was excited about the idea. It seems that writer Jed Mercurio has it in for her characters, having seen her off in “Line of Duty” as well.