Shobna Gulati quit Coronation Street over depression

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Shobna Gulati

Shobna Gulati

'Coronation Street' star Shobna Gulati has reveled she quit the soap because of her battle with depression as she struggled to cope with fame and money problems.

Shobna Gulati quit 'Coronation Street' because of depression.

The 46-year-old star - who played Sunita Alahan in the soap -announced her departure in November and has now revealed how her struggle with fame meant she thought about ending her life.

She said: "When you're in a dark place, there only appears to be one way out.

"You try not to consider that. I've always tried not to reach that low. But when a bout of depression hit me I could lock myself away for a week. I lived like a hermit."

The actress is looking forward to her character's on-screen death as she begins her life away from the show, which she described as living "in a goldfish bowl."

She told The Sun Sunday newspaper: "I now feel free ... 'Corrie' fame made me a recluse. When I handed in my resignation I knew it was the right thing.

"I hope now I won't feel like I'm in a goldfish bowl and the stress in my life will be reduced.

"There are a lot of things about the Street I loved, but there are many things I won't miss. The pressure got too much. I'm pleased just to be Shobna again."

As well as facing racial abuse, the star struggled with money issues which were made harder by the uncertainty of life on the soap.

She explained: "People think we're on huge salaries, but it can be an average wage. You would feel odd when you were not working.

"It should be a time to relax, but I would worry about money and feel insecure. From week to week you would get the scripts, not knowing beforehand if you were in an episode or not.

"Imagine not knowing if you're working from one day to the next, when the outside world thinks you're this megarich soap star."

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