Emmerdale’s Reece Dinsdale can’t watch himself on screen as he suffers crippling body dysmorphia

Emmerdale star Reece Dinsdale has revealed he suffers with crippling body dysmorphia. 

The actor’s character Paul Ashdale was killed off from the soap in Thursday’s episode in a dramatic explosion, but said he hasn’t watched the scenes back due to his condition. 

In a candid interview with The Mirror, Reece, 61, admitted that it has been ‘the bane of his life’ but he continues to work on himself every day. 

Honest: Emmerdale star Reece Dinsdale has revealed he suffers with crippling body dysmorphia which has been the 'bane of his life'

Honest: Emmerdale star Reece Dinsdale has revealed he suffers with crippling body dysmorphia which has been the 'bane of his life'

Honest: Emmerdale star Reece Dinsdale has revealed he suffers with crippling body dysmorphia which has been the ‘bane of his life’ 

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), or body dysmorphia, is a mental health condition where a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance. These flaws are often unnoticeable to others.

People of any age can have BDD, but it is most common in teenagers and young adults. It affects both men and women.  

Reece explained: ‘In my life I have never been comfortable after things that were said when I was young.’

As seen on screen: His character Paul Ashdale was killed off from the soap in Thursday's episode, but said he hasn't watched the scenes back due to his condition

As seen on screen: His character Paul Ashdale was killed off from the soap in Thursday's episode, but said he hasn't watched the scenes back due to his condition

As seen on screen: His character Paul Ashdale was killed off from the soap in Thursday’s episode, but said he hasn’t watched the scenes back due to his condition

He continued: ‘I would always look at myself as twice the size I am. It has been the bane of my life. But I work with that.

‘I have had some help and my family are fantastic and they support me. I live with it every day. But I also work with it every day.’

Reece added that during lockdown he started a series of online videos titled Reece’s Pieces, where he would chat to other users struggled with body dysmorphia, and has been overwhelmed by the response.

The veteran screen star said he decided to face his demons after the death of his father Alan, and now openly discusses his struggles on social media.

WHAT IS BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER?

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), or body dysmorphia, is a mental health condition where a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance. These flaws are often unnoticeable to others.

People of any age can have BDD, but it is most common in teenagers and young adults. It affects both men and women.

Having BDD does not mean you are vain or self-obsessed. It can be very upsetting and have a big impact on your life.

Symptoms of BDD

You might have BDD if you:

  • worry a lot about a specific area of your body (particularly your face)
  • spend a lot of time comparing your looks with other people’s
  • look at yourself in mirrors a lot or avoid mirrors altogether
  • go to a lot of effort to conceal flaws – for example, by spending a long time combing your hair, applying make-up or choosing clothes
  • pick at your skin to make it ‘smooth’

BDD can seriously affect your daily life, including your work, social life and relationships. BDD can also lead to depression, self-harm and even thoughts of suicide. 

You should visit your GP if you think you might have BDD. 

If you have relatively mild symptoms of BDD you should be referred for a type of talking therapy called cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which you have either on your own or in a group

If you have moderate symptoms of BDD you should be offered either CBT or a type of antidepressant medication called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI)

If you have more severe symptoms of BDD, or other treatments don’t work, you should be offered CBT together with an SSRI.

Source: NHS

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Reece’s candid interview comes after his character was killed off in explosive scenes.

On Tuesday night, Emmerdale finally revealed the victim of horrific van crash, as the villainous Paul met his maker after months of terrorising his son Vinny.

Crushed by the debris from Jimmy’s van crashing into the barn, Paul died in a hospital bed after being caught in a terrifying explosion, leaving his fiancée Mandy Dingle utterly distraught.

RIP: On Tuesday night, Emmerdale finally revealed the victim of horrific van crash, as the villainous Paul met his maker after months of terrorising his son Vinny

RIP: On Tuesday night, Emmerdale finally revealed the victim of horrific van crash, as the villainous Paul met his maker after months of terrorising his son Vinny

RIP: On Tuesday night, Emmerdale finally revealed the victim of horrific van crash, as the villainous Paul met his maker after months of terrorising his son Vinny

Speaking after his exit scenes, Reece admitted it was ‘difficult’ to top his exit from Coronation Street with his farewell scenes from the Dales, but bosses managed the mean feat with their first socially-distanced stunt.

After being trapped in the barn, Paul was killed when a tank of petrol exploded sending the entire site up in flames, despite fears that Liv Flaherty (played by Isobel Steele) or Jimmy King (Nick Miles) could be the victims of the disaster.

It was an exit that no doubt delighted viewers after Paul spent months abusing his own son Vinny (Bradley Johnson) to keep his dark past a secret, even attempting to silence his girlfriend Liv before the crash put an end to his wicked ways. 

Speaking after his departure, Reece said he was glad his exit scenes had finally aired as he’d struggled to keep the storyline a secret.

He said: ‘I’m thrilled if I’m honest. It has been hugely difficult doing scores of interviews with press, TV and radio for the past month whilst trying not to let the cat out of the bag. Phew!’

In the wake of his exit, Recce also praised soap bosses for being able to top his Coronation Street exit in 2010, when his character Joe McIntyre drowned in a lake followed a failed attempt to fake his death to claim a life insurance policy.

Distraught: His fiancé Mandy Dingle was left devastated as her husband-to-be died in hospital after being caught in the explosion following the horrific crash

Distraught: His fiancé Mandy Dingle was left devastated as her husband-to-be died in hospital after being caught in the explosion following the horrific crash

Distraught: His fiancé Mandy Dingle was left devastated as her husband-to-be died in hospital after being caught in the explosion following the horrific crash

Praise: Speaking after his exit scenes, actor Reece Dinsdale admitted it was 'difficult' to top his exit from Coronation Street with his farewell scenes from the Dales

Praise: Speaking after his exit scenes, actor Reece Dinsdale admitted it was 'difficult' to top his exit from Coronation Street with his farewell scenes from the Dales

Praise: Speaking after his exit scenes, actor Reece Dinsdale admitted it was ‘difficult’ to top his exit from Coronation Street with his farewell scenes from the Dales 

He told The Mirror: ‘Definitely. I thought it might be difficult to top my exit from Corrie where I drowned in Lake Windermere… but maybe we did! I’d say far better than leaving in a taxi.’

The dramatic explosion was Emmerdale’s first big stunt since the Covid pandemic began, with all cast members continuing to follow social distancing guidelines during filming.

Reflecting on filming, Reece said: ‘It was painstaking, both in its attention to detail and safety and also adhering to Covid rules at all times. 

‘But it was great fun though, too. More than your average day at the office!’

Dead: Viewers saw Paul flatline in hospital after being trapped in an explosion caused by the crash, with Mandy desperately watching on as doctors failed to revive him

Dead: Viewers saw Paul flatline in hospital after being trapped in an explosion caused by the crash, with Mandy desperately watching on as doctors failed to revive him

Dead: Viewers saw Paul flatline in hospital after being trapped in an explosion caused by the crash, with Mandy desperately watching on as doctors failed to revive him

Dramatic: The heart-stopping episode saw Jimmy King crash his van into the van, leaving himself, Liv Flaherty and Paul in grave peril

Dramatic: The heart-stopping episode saw Jimmy King crash his van into the van, leaving himself, Liv Flaherty and Paul in grave peril

Dramatic: The heart-stopping episode saw Jimmy King crash his van into the van, leaving himself, Liv Flaherty and Paul in grave peril 

But despite his character’s departure, Reece confirmed he won’t be going far from the Emmerdale village, as he is set to work as a director on the soap.   

Discussing his final day on set, Reece said: ‘It was actually filmed in sequence, for once, and was my death day in the hospital. 

‘It was very moving… and kind things were said to me that shall remain with me forever. What a fabulous big family the Emmerdale team are!’ 

Evil: Tense scenes saw Liv confront Paul about his behaviour towards Vinny, before both were trapped in the barn after the dramatic crash

Evil: Tense scenes saw Liv confront Paul about his behaviour towards Vinny, before both were trapped in the barn after the dramatic crash

Evil: Tense scenes saw Liv confront Paul about his behaviour towards Vinny, before both were trapped in the barn after the dramatic crash

Even better! Discussing his character's exit, Reece praised soap bosses for topping his Coronation Street exit in 2010, when his character Joe McIntyre drowned in a lake

Even better! Discussing his character's exit, Reece praised soap bosses for topping his Coronation Street exit in 2010, when his character Joe McIntyre drowned in a lake

Even better! Discussing his character’s exit, Reece praised soap bosses for topping his Coronation Street exit in 2010, when his character Joe McIntyre drowned in a lake

Fans had been waiting to see Paul get his comeuppance after months of terrifying his son Vinny, and he was finally confronted by Liv about his behaviour just minutes before the crash. 

While they were on tenterhooks waiting to see which character would meet a grisly end, bosses also delivered a shocking twist by showing Vinny also being admitted to hospital.

After being pushed to the ground by his violent father, Vinny had last been seen frozen in fear, but Thursday’s show saw Sam Dingle reveal he’d found the teen unresponsive and called an ambulance. 

He's done! Reflecting on filming the socially-distanced stunt, Reece said: 'It was painstaking, both in its attention to detail and safety and also adhering to Covid rules at all times'

He's done! Reflecting on filming the socially-distanced stunt, Reece said: 'It was painstaking, both in its attention to detail and safety and also adhering to Covid rules at all times'

He’s done! Reflecting on filming the socially-distanced stunt, Reece said: ‘It was painstaking, both in its attention to detail and safety and also adhering to Covid rules at all times’

ANOTHER casualty? Thursday's hour-long episode also saw bosses deliver a shocking twist by showing Vinny also being admitted to hospital after being pushed to the ground by his dad

ANOTHER casualty? Thursday's hour-long episode also saw bosses deliver a shocking twist by showing Vinny also being admitted to hospital after being pushed to the ground by his dad

ANOTHER casualty? Thursday’s hour-long episode also saw bosses deliver a shocking twist by showing Vinny also being admitted to hospital after being pushed to the ground by his dad

The twist left many viewers terrified that Vinny could die alongside his dad, and flooded Twitter with posts demanding the teen survive. 

One wrote: ‘There not be a second death because I just got so stressed at the thought of Liv or Vinny dying.’

Another added: ‘OK didn’t see that twist, Vinny being admitted, did he try to commit suicide, or is it from the internal bleeding from the beating of Paul.’

‘Not in the least bit sad about Paul but I’m still worried Vinny will die too,’ a fan posted.

More questions! Vinny had last been seen frozen in fear on the ground, but Thursday's show saw Sam Dingle reveal he'd found the teen unresponsive and called an ambulance

More questions! Vinny had last been seen frozen in fear on the ground, but Thursday's show saw Sam Dingle reveal he'd found the teen unresponsive and called an ambulance

More questions! Vinny had last been seen frozen in fear on the ground, but Thursday’s show saw Sam Dingle reveal he’d found the teen unresponsive and called an ambulance

Scared: Fans flooded social media with worried tweets after seeing Vinny rushed to hospital, as they feared he could be killed like his dad

Scared: Fans flooded social media with worried tweets after seeing Vinny rushed to hospital, as they feared he could be killed like his dad

Scared: Fans flooded social media with worried tweets after seeing Vinny rushed to hospital, as they feared he could be killed like his dad

Another distraught viewer tweeted: ‘If they kill Vinny off I’m suing for emotional distress.’ 

‘I don’t put it past the writers to kill Vinny off as well just to add to heartbreak,’ a concerned fan tweeted.

Fans will have to wait and see whether Vinny survives the tragedy, and can finally tell his mum Mandy about his late fathers’ violent behaviour.

Emmerdale continues tomorrow at 7pm on ITV. 

Cliffhanger: Fans will have to wait and see whether Vinny survives the tragedy, and can finally tell his mum Mandy about his late fathers' violent behaviour

Cliffhanger: Fans will have to wait and see whether Vinny survives the tragedy, and can finally tell his mum Mandy about his late fathers' violent behaviour

Cliffhanger: Fans will have to wait and see whether Vinny survives the tragedy, and can finally tell his mum Mandy about his late fathers’ violent behaviour

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