Kara Tointon 'suicidal' after soap departure
Former 'EastEnders' actress Kara Tointon has revealed how she felt suicidal after struggling to find work following her departure from the soap last year
Kara Tointon has revealed she felt suicidal after leaving 'EastEnders'.
The actress - who portrayed Dawn Swann in the BBC One soap from 2005 until August last year - admits she was left depressed and feeling hopeless as she struggled to find work on leaving the programme last summer.
She said: "I'll be honest, I've felt suicidal. I know that sounds dramatic but it's really tough out there. You're used to being busy and then, all of a sudden, you're not. It's the worst thing ever.
"Acting-wise, it's been on its knees. It's a disaster out there. It's been so, so difficult."
The 27-year-old beauty - who topped the leader board on 'Strictly Come Dancing' on Saturday night (02.10.10) with her dance partner Artem Chigvintsev - admits she almost gave up her career as an actress as she grew disheartened at her failure to secure more work.
She told Fabulous magazine: "I've thought about giving up acting for good. Many times. When you're working, it feels worth all the hanging around. But during the down times, you're just waiting for the phone to ring - it's awful. I find myself staring at the phone, thinking: 'Won't you just ring?' And it doesn't.
"I came out of it at the worst time because drama is being cut in favour of reality shows and, until it picks up again, it's going to be tough. I just pray that it gets easier so I can move on."
Kara is now one of the favourites to win this series of 'Strictly'.