I’m A Celebrity star Crissy sheds the scars of abuse

Chrissy Rock receiving treatment from Aesthetic Practioner and owner of Natural Contours, Susan Thursby.
Chrissy Rock receiving treatment from Aesthetic Practioner and owner of Natural Contours, Susan Thursby.
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SHE wears the scars of domestic violence, but now Crissy Rock is ready to shed them.

The former Benidorm actress visited Sunderland clinic Natural Contours for work to fade the bite and scar marks inflicted on her by her first husband.

Crissy, who recently appeared on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, said: “I have a bite mark on my chin and scars on my cheek and around my eyes from where he attacked me.

“I was 19 at the time and even when I wear make-up people can notice them. I was abused as a child and then went into an abusive marriage and you start to believe that’s how love is.

“He stabbed me in the leg with a screwdriver once. It’s like being in a dark room. You know all you have to do is open the door, but you’re too terrified to get up and move.”

Crissy became a household name after playing brassy hotel manager Janey York in the ITV1 series and before that was critically acclaimed in the 1994 film Ladybird, Ladybird.

The comedienne was raped by a stranger when she was 15 and was battered by her first husband before she walked out with her two children.

She has written candidly about the trauma she survived in her autobiography This Heart Within Me Burns: From Bedlam to Benidorm, and is now a patron for domestic abuse charity Worst Kept Secret.

Susan Thursby, owner of the Ashbrooke clinic, treated Crissy using botox and injectable fillers.

She said: “The amazing thing about Crissy is the things she’s been through and she’s still making people laugh.”

Crissy, 53, “I lost a stone and a half in the jungle and I’ve got the ITV Awards coming up so I wanted to freshen up a bit. I don’t want to look 30. I’m happy to be my age, but I work in a cruel industry where men age better. I feel sorry for young, young girls who get work done, but I fly the flag for the over 45s.”

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