Stephen Tompkinson 'lost control of private life'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 January 2011
Stephen Tompkinson

Stephen Tompkinson

Stephen Tompkinson ''lost control'' of his private life when he shot to fame starring as Father Peter Clifford in 'Ballykissangel'

Stephen Tompkinson "lost control" of his private life when he was starring in 'Ballykissangel'.

The 45-year-old actor - who played Father Peter Clifford in the BBC drama - admitted his personal life went "bonkers" when it was revealed he was romancing his co-star Dervla Kirwan.

He said: "Working on 'Ballkissangel' was wonderful, but it was the one time when I felt I was losing control of my private life. It was getting fantastic ratings and became big news.

"When people got wind of Dervla Kirwan and I being together in real life, it all went a bit bonkers."

Meanwhile, the 'Wild At Heart' star - who has a 10-year-old daughter Daisy with ex-wife Nicci Taylor - explained he has got used to playing "Mr. Everyone" throughout his career because he knows he can't get by on his looks.

Stephen added to Reader's Digest magazine: "I remember realising I was never going to play the romantic lead. Some actors can get by on charm and good looks - let's face it, I'm not one of them. Ladies of a certain age may find me appealing, but I know that I'm never going to be hunk of the month.

"I suppose I see myself as Mr. Everyone. Luckily, most stories have that easy-going, bloke next door character, which hopefully means I'll never be out of work."

Read the full interview with Stephen in the February issue of Reader's Digest.

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