Line of Duty's Stephen Graham emotionally reveals his future wife came into his life after he attempted to commit suicide

  • The actor, 46, said he realised life was 'worth living' following his attempt to commit suicide during a period of despair in his early 20s
  • Following the attempt, the star was supported by his future wife Hannah Walters, and the pair struck up a romance after a long period of friendship
  • The emotional star said: He said: 'I had a breakdown. Going to that big London to do it on your own... I tried to hang myself. It was very calculated'
  • Graham said that in the aftermath of his attempt, his friends and family rallied round - with the star crediting his future wife for her support. 
  • For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK on 08457 90 90 90, visit a local Samaritans branch or click here for details 

Line of Duty star Stephen Graham has revealed his future wife came into his life after a failed suicide attempt.

The actor, 46, said he realised life was 'worth living' following his attempt to commit suicide during a period of despair in his early 20s.   

Following the traumatic low point, the Boardwalk Empire star was supported by his future wife Hannah Walters, and the pair struck up a romance after a long period of friendship.

Support: Line of Duty star Stephen Graham has revealed his future wife came into his life after a failed suicide attempt

Support: Line of Duty star Stephen Graham has revealed his future wife came into his life after a failed suicide attempt

Star: The actor appeared as undercover officer John Corbett in the hit show's fifth season

Star: The actor appeared as undercover officer John Corbett in the hit show's fifth season

The actor said he and actress Hannah - who he wed in 2008- moved in together in south London after what was technically their first date. 

Speaking on Radio Four's Desert Island Discs, Stephen candidly discussed the struggle he faced when he moved to London, which saw him hit rock bottom.

He said: 'I had a breakdown. Going to that big London to do it on your own.

'Then I went back home. They (his parents) were trying to see what was happening with me.

There for you: The actor said he and Hannah - who he wed in 2008- moved in together in south London after what was technically their first date (pictured 2013)

There for you: The actor said he and Hannah - who he wed in 2008- moved in together in south London after what was technically their first date (pictured 2013)

Brave: Speaking on Radio Four's Desert Island Discs, Stephen candidly discussed the struggle he faced when he moved to London, which saw him hit rock bottom

Brave: Speaking on Radio Four's Desert Island Discs, Stephen candidly discussed the struggle he faced when he moved to London, which saw him hit rock bottom

'I'll never forget the tears coming down both their faces. Then the next day I tried to hang myself. It was very calculated. 

'I kicked the chair and I heard my Nana's voice. She shouted 'Stephen' and I thought I'd gone. I just came to, opened my eyes and the rope had snapped. Thankfully.

'I had to put on a high neck jumper. My mum kind of saw it. Then everything came out. Life was worth living thankfully.'

Graham said that in the aftermath of his attempt, his friends and family rallied round - with the star crediting his future wife for her support. 

Tearfully speaking on-air he said: 'This is kind of where Hannah came into my life properly.

He said: 'I'll never forget the tears coming down both (my parent's faces)  Then the next day I tried to hang myself. It was very calculated' (above with Line of Duty star Martin Compston)

He said: 'I'll never forget the tears coming down both (my parent's faces)  Then the next day I tried to hang myself. It was very calculated' (above with Line of Duty star Martin Compston)

 'She knew what had happened. She was always in close contact with my mum.' 

Graham said that after a long period of 'just talking' they had not been on a proper date, something he eventually remedied when she was due to move to Spain.

He recalled: 'We were waiting at New Cross train station and I said to her 'please don't go to Spain. I love you'. 

'She went 'I've been waiting for five years for you to say that'. The next day we moved in together.'      

The mixed-race actor also discussed being subjected to vile racist abuse on the streets of Liverpool, which his mother quickly put a stop to. 

He also revealed he was unsure of his place in the world as a mixed-race child.

Happy couple: Following the traumatic low point, the Boardwalk Empire star was supported by his future wife Hannah Walters, and the pair struck up a romance after a long period of friendship (pictured 2012)

Happy couple: Following the traumatic low point, the Boardwalk Empire star was supported by his future wife Hannah Walters, and the pair struck up a romance after a long period of friendship (pictured 2012)

He said: 'I'm mixed race and that was kind of frowned up in those days.

'There were times growing up when I was slightly unsure where I fitted in.

'That n-word popped up when I was younger.'

Graham has recently starred in the new Martin Scorsese crime film The Irishman alongside his acting hero Robert De Niro.  

Stephen's character John was introduced into Line Of Duty's fifth series as an undercover officer working in an organised crime group, but questions were raised around whether his loyalties had turned. 

In an explosive twist fans were left reeling when Corbett was brutally killed by the OCG, after they discovered he was working with the police to try and track down the ever elusive H. 

Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show earlier this year, the star confessed he always knew his character would be killed off.

Stephen revealed writer Jed Mercurio told him from the start the undercover officer would meet a gruesome fate, but still branded the role a 'huge honour.'

Stephen told Jonathan: '[Jed Mercurio] asked me ''would I do it?'' He said when he wrote it he had me in mind so that was a huge honour, someone like Jed.

'He's very successful and he's a fantastic writer. He told me straightaway from the start what was going to happen to the character, which is why I found it was really interesting.'

The full interview with Graham can be heard on Desert Island Discs today at 11.15am. 

For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK on 08457 90 90 90, visit a local Samaritans branch or click here for details 

Fan favourite: Stephen's character John was introduced into Line Of Duty's fifth series as an undercover officer working in an organised crime group, but questions were raised around whether his loyalties had turned

Fan favourite: Stephen's character John was introduced into Line Of Duty's fifth series as an undercover officer working in an organised crime group, but questions were raised around whether his loyalties had turned

 

 

Stephen Graham reveals his future wife came into his life after a failed suicide attempt

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