Christopher Eccleston turned to shoplifting as a struggling actor

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Christopher Eccleston turned to shoplifting as a struggling actor and pretended to be an ADDICT to guilt trip producers into giving him roles

By Rebecca Lawrence and David O'dornan For Mailonline

Published: 15:56 BST, 1 October 2019 | Updated: 15:56 BST, 1 October 2019

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Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston has admitted he turned to shoplifting when he was a struggling young actor.

The actor, 55, spoke candidly about his fraught past in his new book I Love the Bones of You: My Father And The Making Of Me, revealing that he also lied to producers in order to secure roles. 

Christopher, who found fame after landing a role in Nineties series, Cracker, said that in his first two years after drama school he would pilfer alcohol as well as stealing bread and milk before stores opened.

Struggling: Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston has admitted he turned to shoplifting when he was a struggling young actor (pictured in 1998)

Struggling: Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston has admitted he turned to shoplifting when he was a struggling young actor (pictured in 1998)

He confessed: 'These were my Withnail & I years – without the glamour. My mum’s not going to like this, but I did a fair amount of shoplifting.

'I would get up early and steal bread, left out the front of shops by the delivery man before they opened. I’d do the same with milk and newspapers. I didn’t have a fridge so the milk would be kept out on the window ledge.

'The other thing I nicked were bottles

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