Britt Ekland, 77, was born in Stockholm, Sweden and grew up with three younger brothers. The star left school as a teenager and traveled with a theatre company before being spotted by a talent agent in a coffee shop while in Italy. She was sent to London to audition for films and the rest, as they say, is history. Britt was married to British comedian Peter Sellers and once dated Rod Stewart. However, despite her smouldering good looks which won her legions of male admirers, Britt suffered with a mental health disorder.
Speaking on Loose Women, Britt said: “I was a plain normal Swedish women, there’s hundreds like me in Sweden.
“They’re all beautiful and blonde and natural and so I just thought I was another Swedish blonde.
“I couldn’t see what all the fuss was about.
“My girlfriend who has known me since we were in our thirties told me I think you have body dysmorphia because I’ve always been very insecure and not really satisfied with my looks and so she said that’s what I have and I had no idea what it was so I googled it.”
Britt Ekland health: Star revealed she suffers from a mental disorder
Britt’s insecurities began when she was a young girl. The star admitted: “I was a very fat girl and I was fat until I was about 15 and that’s where the insecurities came from.
“When I was in school my ears stood out and I had very big teeth and people used to call me dumbo and I never associated those two things.”
What is body dysmorphia?
Mayo Clinic said: “Body dysmorphia is a mental health disorder in which you can’t stop thinking about one or more perceived defects or flaws in your appearance.
“When you have body dysmorphia disorder, you intensely focus on your appearance and body image, repeatedly checking the mirror, grooming or seeking reassurance, sometimes for many hours a day.
“Your perceived flaw and repetitive behaviours cause you significant distress and impact your ability to function in your daily life.”
Britt Ekland health: Star suffers from body dysmorphia disorder
What are the symptoms?
- Signs you or someone you may know may be suffering from body dysmorphia disorder include:
- Being extremely preoccupied when a perceived flaw in appearance that to others can’t be seen or appears minor
- Strong belief that you have a defect in your appearance that makes you ugly or deformed
- Belief that others take special notice of your appearance in a negative way or mock you
- Engaging in behaviours aimed at fixing or hiding the perceived flaw that are difficult to resist or control, such as frequently checking the mirror, grooming or skin picking
- Attempting to hide perceived flaws with styling, makeup or clothes
- Constantly comparing your appearance with others
- Frequently seeking reassurance about your appearance from others
- Having perfectionist tendencies
- Seeking cosmetic procedures with little satisfaction
- Avoiding social situations
Britt is not alone when it comes to suffering with body dysmorphia, other stars who bravely revealed similar symptoms include Nicole Scherzinger, Michael Jackson, Robert Pattinson, Lily Allen and Marilyn Monroe.
For Britt, coming to terms with her beauty took a long time but the star admitted that she is grateful for her life and how it turned out.
If you or someone you know may be suffering with body dysmorphia speak to your GP who can offer the best treatment options.