Actor Tony Slattery, 60, became a household name in the 1990s amid a series of stand-up, film and stage jobs including Channel 4 show Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Kingdom in 2007. He is now back in the spotlight with a new documentary What’s the Matter With Tony Slattery?, in which he meets experts to explore abuse and mental health.
Mark picked up the pieces to some extent
Reflecting on his career, the comedian praised his partner Mark Hutchinson for helping him through hard times, particularly when work had dried-up.
During an interview with this week’s Radio Times magazine, he was asked if he ended up struggling for money after his schedule died down.
“If bankruptcy counts, yes,” he admitted. “Not many people do know. I’m telling you.
“Yes, it b****y well was [awful]. Mark picked up the pieces to some extent.”
Tony Slattery has opened up about his bankruptcy after work dried up for him
Tony Slattery will explore abuse and mental health in his new show
He added: “It was my fiscal illiteracy and general innumeracy, my waste, my misplaced trust in people, naivete, stupidity, people taking advantage… One’s still in jail.
“And, yes, in dark moments, I remember how when the money runs out the phone stops ringing.”
The actor is now back in the limelight with his new BBC mental health film, What’s The Matter With Tony Slattery?.
In the film, Tony explores the link between mental health and childhood abuse after opening up about his own experience.
Tony Slattery opened up about his battle with drink and drugs on This Morning
Tony Slattery opened up about his ‘dark moments’ as he credited his partner Mark Hutchinson
Last year, he bravely discussed being a victim of abuse by a priest aged eight.
In the 1990s, many reports suggested he was “angry” and “hard to warm to”.
Addressing this with the Irish Times last year, he admitted: “There was a lot of rage at that time.”
He added: “I have a feeling that what might have been a contributing factor is something that happened when I was very young.”
He continued to say: “Um, yeah. Not to do with family. A priest. When I was about eight.”
Tony admitted he didn’t tell his parents about the ordeal, adding: ‘A psychiatrist once said to me, ‘Bear in mind that some things are so deeply buried there is nothing to be gained by an archeological dig. Keep it buried.
“I look at this broken man in front of me, now bent over as if crippled by the weight of a secret he has carried nearly all his life, and ask if he thinks that advice worked for him.”
When asked if he thinks the advice worked for him, he replied: “I think so, because it would have been another b*****y thing to deal with, along with the booze, the bipolarity, the overwork, the feeling of being let down by friends, my own bad behaviour.”
In the same year, he appeared on This Morning, in which he detailed his battle with addiction and bipolar disorder.
He said he was spending £4,000 a week on his drug habit and would down vodka in his lowest points.
He has since revealed he is in therapy as he still battles alcoholism.
Read the full interview in Radio Times – out now.