Sir Patrick Stewart recalls ‘unpleasant’ childhood trauma to Lorraine Kelly

Sir Patrick Stewart calls Lorraine ‘insightful’ during interview

Lorraine Kelly has been described as “insightful” by Sir Patrick Stewart as he opened up to her about his traumatic childhood.

The ITV daytime star was interviewing the Star Trek and X-Men acting legend as he promoted his autobiography Make It So.

Discussing his violent father, he said: “He never beat me or my brother. He would shout at us and raise a hand but never hit us. My mother was his victim,” he told Lorraine.

“And for you to see that, for you to witness that as well it’s got to have an effect. Was acting like kind of getting away from a situation? Did you run to acting?” she inquired.

This led Sir Patrick to praise her acknowledging: “That’s very insightful of you.


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“Unpleasant memories, but no experience is wasted on an actor because you put it away. You store it until you need it and then you let it out,” he revealed.

Sir Patrick has previously spoken out about how deeply affected he was by the domestic violence he witnessed between dad Alfred and mum Gladys but has said he tried to repress the painful memories from his youth as he embarked upon a career on the stage.

“The stage was a far safer place for me than anything I had to live through at home – it offered escape, he said.

“I could be someone else, in another place, in another time. It was not until 1981, when the director Ronald Eyre asked me to play the psychotic Leontes in The Winter’s Tale, that the breakthrough came.

“He quietly told me that the play would only work if I gave myself over, completely and totally, to the delusions, madness and murderousness of this man. From that time forward I was never again afraid of my feelings on stage.”

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The actor is a patron of the domestic violence charity Refuge and has said: “I cannot express how sad – and angry – it makes me to think that we still cannot ensure the safety of women and children in their own homes.

“More women and children, just like my mother and me, will continue to experience domestic violence unless we all speak out against it.”

During the interview with Lorraine Sir Patrick confessed that he had later been told that his father probably had PTSD after serving in the war. He told Lorraine how this came to light during an appearance on Who Do You Think You Are?

This led the Scottish broadcaster to enquire if that revelation had helped him understand his father better as she felt that compassion for him did come across in the book “as well as the fact he wasn’t particulary good to you.”

Lorraine is on ITV on weekday mornings at 9am.

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