Christopher Eccleston has built a solid career for himself on both the big and small screen but he’s probably best known for her work on Doctor Who. While it’s been a long time since the 52-year-old was in school, he proved that some wounds may never fully heal.
As a boy, he claims that he was first bullied by a female classmate who would corner him during recess. He told Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain: “Playtime became terror time to me. She would trap me against the wall and make me do sums. I did not want to go to school. I certainly did not want to go out at playtime.”
While her torment ended after a while, he was, eventually, bullied by a fellow boy when he was a bit older. Sadly, this experience may have led him to become a bully himself.
While still talking with Morgan, Eccleston got emotional while recounting his story. He explained: “It was a very sensitive boy in my class. At break time I used to make him give me some of his crisps. I did it a few times and I’m very, very ashamed of it. It’s been a great shame.”
It’s been about four decades since this happen so, of course, Eccleston has no idea where his former victim is but did say that he would like to apologize. It would be interesting to see whether this bullying has had a deep impact on the victim and whether he has been upset by Eccleston’s fame. Hopefully, we will get a follow-up on this since it is admirable for the actor to be so honest about his experiences and his own actions.
The star is currently working with the Stand Up to Bullying campaign in the United Kingdom. Other celebrities, including Ben Kingsley and Leona Lewis, are also actively “standing up” for the cause.
If you or someone you know if being bullied, you do not have to suffer alone. Visit the StopBullying.Gov website or call 1-800-273-TALK.