This Morning: Ben Miller admits to being 'ashamed' of his OCD
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Ben Miller will be returning to screens tonight in his new ITV drama Professor T. However, the actor has previously opened up about leaving another television role to help his marriage.
In an unearthed interview, Miller explained how this was behind his exit from BBC series Death in Paradise.
The actor has been married to his wife Jessica Parker since 2013.
Jessica became pregnant in 2011 and Miller admitted this played a big part in his choice to leave the crime drama.
He said of his exit to the Radio Times: “Two weeks after I arrived in the Caribbean, Jessica found out that she was pregnant.
“I’ve just got divorced and I’ve finally met somebody and now I’m on the other side of the world and we’re having a baby.
“That’s a proper curveball to be on the end of,” he added in 2016.
“There was a period of 18 months when I was only in the country for six months and in the Caribbean for a year.
“Absolutely amazing, but I thought, ‘I’ve just messed up one marriage, I don’t want to mess this up as well’.
“So I knew what I had to do to get my wife back – quit Death in Paradise!”
He made the quip about getting his wife back as he was speaking ahead to promote a show called I Want My Wife Back at the time.
Jessica is Miller’s second wife following his relationship with actor Belinda Stewart-Wilson.
The pair have a son together but divorced in 2011, although Miller said it was very amicable.
Miller stars in tonight’s new series Professor T as it begins on ITV.
The series is based on the Belgian drama of the same name, which was released back in 2015.
The show is a crime procedural all about criminologist and amateur detective Professor T.
Starring in the show alongside Miller are Frances De La Tour, Emma Naomi and Ben Onwukwe.
The actor opened up about his new role in an interview on This Morning earlier in the week.
He explained how he also has OCD, like his character in the show.
Miller said: “I suffered from OCD in my twenties and I’m one of the lucky people who had CBT, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and it really, really helped, it made it very manageable.
He added about his character: “The Professor is germaphobic, he’s obsessed with order and cleanliness.
“The interesting thing about his OCD, a lot of us who have OCD tend to try and hide it from people because we feel a bit ashamed, I certainly did anyway.
“The Professor makes no attempt to hide it whatsoever.”
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