‘I lost everything, including myself’: Former Emmerdale actress Alicya Eyo reveals she quietly went to rehab for alcoholism after departing hit soap
Former Bad Girls star Alicya Eyo went to rehab for alcoholism after departing Emmerdale in 2015.
The actress, 45, admitted she ‘lost everything’ at one point, but she was able to figure out ‘why [she] was doing what [she] was doing’ during a stint in rehab.
She said: ‘I ended up losing everything, including myself. That was the main thing. So I went to a rehab. They helped me figure out why I was doing what I was doing.’
Seeking help: Former Bad Girls star Alicya Eyo went to rehab for alcoholism after departing Emmerdale in 2015
And while the screen star star – who played Ruby Haswell in the ITV soap – was ‘all fine’ during the first coronavirus lockdown, she struggled in a later lockdown.
Speaking on this Sunday’s Soap From The Box podcast, she said: ‘The first lockdown we had, all fine, all good. Then this lockdown has been really difficult for me.
‘Fortunately, I’ve had the support of my mum, my brother and my partner who have got me through it.
‘I’ve really, really suffered. You’re just scared of going back to where you were before.’
TV role: She is pictured on Emmerdale in 2013 with Kelli Hollis as Ali Spencer and Nimmy March as Lindy
Ruby was killed off in August 2015 after a helicopter crashed into the Emmerdale village hall.
And the star admitted at the time she was ‘honoured’ that her Dales departure was during such a big stunt.
She said on the upcoming podcast: ‘It was a good few months ago now that I had the heads-up, and I was so excited about the storyline.
‘If you’re going to go, what a way to go – it’s not every day that you get a helicopter blade to the abdomen! Just to be part of the episode was brilliant and I feel really honoured.
‘I couldn’t wait to shoot it and it was even better than I expected when we did. The atmosphere was electric.
‘Playing Ruby’s death scenes was quite hard and sad, but I was just so lucky to have such a great director and Laura Norton [Kerry] and Liam Fox [Dan] there filming with me. I couldn’t have wished for it to be any better.’
TV show: The actress, 45, also starred in Bad Girls as Denny Blood. Pictured with Linda Henry