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The Observer, Sunday 15 March 2009

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My body & soul

Paul McGann, actor, 49

Morwenna Ferrier
The Observer, Sunday 15 March 2009

Actor Paul McGann Photograph: Cambridge Jones/Getty Images

Are you healthy? In body, I'm healthy enough. My whole family is genetically blessed. As my grandmother used to say, "Never ailed". In mind, I'm not so sure.

Ever spent a night in hospital? Only once, as a guest of ITV's insurers. I had been filming Sharpe and injured my leg. I woke up in London's Cromwell Hospital to a call from Sean Bean. He'd been drafted in to take over the part. It was a gracious gesture on his part. I, however, couldn't work again for a year.

Do you worry about your weight? In vainer moments I've wished to be more imposing. I haven't dieted, but then I've weighed roughly the same for 20 years.

How much sleep do you need? I've struggled with insomnia for eight years. A year of uninterrupted sleep would just about get me up to speed.

How much do you drink? A glass of red wine relaxes me, but I do occasionally drink too much. It's about then that I'm reminded alcohol is very much a depressant.

What about smoking? I tried it when I was younger, to look sophisticated. I didn't. I'm reading a book in which the protagonist says he smokes as he wants to die fast, which I think is very apt. That said, I can see the attachment.

Attitude to drugs? My generation are very relaxed about drugs. I used to get stoned and I used to enjoy it. But I haven't smoked in years.

Are you happy? No, not at the moment. I am grieving a loss. But the pain will pass.

Is sex important to you? Not as important as love. But if you are lucky enough to combine the two, you're in heaven.

Have you ever had therapy? I had a little bit, for both personal reasons and relationships, but I backed out too early. I should do more for the sanity of my loved ones.

Have you taken antidepressants? No, when quite plainly I should have. I believe in antidepressants. I believe in their alleviating properties. They work.

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