They are among some of the most recognisable faces in the country despite not being considered megastars.
And all that life in the spotlight can take its toll on actors who get their big break in the nation’s soap operas – especially if they haven’t got the firmest grip on their personal lives.
We have seen some spectacular falls from grace and, most tragically sometimes, some of these talents are never seen nor heard of again. Scandal can mark a premature end to what was supposed to be their biggest journey as acting hopefuls.
We take a look at nine times the UK’s biggest soap actors hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Much of this behaviour rivals anything their on-screen personas got up to.
From drugs to accusations of racism, they have all been pilloried in the press for something or other, leading to them losing contracts with the shows that made