Corrie Curly star drank bottle of vodka a day before soap bosses saved him

Coronation Street star Kevin Kennedy has revealed he drank a bottle of vodka on his way to work every day before bosses "saved" his life.

The 60-year-old actor, who played Curly Watts for 20 years, has since quit the booze and turned his life around after suffering a seizure in the late 90s.

He told The Sun that his addiction was so severe that he wasn't even upset when his wife Claire left him because he could drink on his own without hiding.

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The turning point came for Kevin in May 1998 when he returned from a boozy holiday in Barbados with Claire and decided to go cold turkey.

A few days later, the actor drank a diet coke while on a shopping trip and blacked out.

He said: "I came to in the ambulance and it scared the hell out of me. I knew I would die if I carried on but emotionally I didn’t get it, the addiction was telling me it was normal."

Kevin later told Corrie bosses about his secret addiction and they sent him to the The Priory.

He previously opened up about being sent to rehab by his work on Good Morning Britain back in 2020.

The TV star said at the time: "It was forward-thinking, most companies get rid of employees.

"They sent me to rehab so I'd be able to get back and be a better and more loyal employee, it makes perfect business sense.

"Other actors had problems and they went through the same process. More companies should take that on."

Kevin has also spoken in the past about how much he would love to return to the cobbles.

He said: "I’d love to come back to Coronation Street.

“I still have a great relationship with ITV and I think Curly would have some stories to tell.

“It’s a different soap from when I was in it, but when I joined it was a different show from 10 years before that."

Kevin recently sent fans wild as he shared a snap of him and Corrie star Alan Halsall at an airport in Cyprus.

Alan, who plays Tyrone Dobbs, bumped into Kevin and posted the photo from their surprise reunion after meeting in the middle of the night at Paphos airport.

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