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Neil Morrissey details moment he was taken into care at 10 to co-stars in BBC's Pilgrimage

Neil Morrissey has claimed his Irish mother and father were “lovely people” but “c**p parents”. The Men Behaving Badly star spoke out about his difficult childhood on Pilgrimage: The Road to Santiago.

The 58-year-old’s moving comments aired on the BBC today, after the episode was first broadcast in 2018.

The actor was seen opening up about being separated from his family aged 10.

While preparing a meal, Neil detailed what really happened to him to fellow stars Ed Byrne and Heather Small.

The Line Of Duty regular didn’t say even get to say goodbye to his mum and dad before they disappeared out of his life.

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After taking a seat in the TV room, the small screen star revealed: “Some woman came in and said, ‘How old are you?’ I said, ’10’.

“She said, ‘You should’ve been in bed 20 minutes ago and gave me a whack. I said, ‘I don’t even know where my bed is!'”

He was seen sat at a table with his co-stars during episode two of the documentary.

It saw the famous faces set out on the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, tackling the 780km path across northern Spain in 15 days.

Neil went on to say he finally felt “valued” as soon as he started doing drama aged 11.

“By the time I was 14, I’d kind of given up on them [his parents],” he added.

“They actually said to me, ‘You can go home if you want’, and I went, ‘I don’t want to’.”

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Neil signed up to appear in Pilgrimage alongside Debbie McGee, priest Kate Bottley, journalist Raphael Rowe and TV presenter JJ Chalmer, as well as Ed and Heather.


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