Kim Cattrall And Her Insomnia Battle

The former Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall has spoken of her struggle with the “tsunami” of chronic insomnia that forced her out of a starring role on the London stage.

Cattrall, who had been due to take the title role in the Royal Court Theatre's production of Penelope Skinner’s play Linda last year, said she withdrew on the advice of doctors and for the sake of her sanity.

She described the insomnia, which meant she had not slept for 48 hours when she returned to the US from the UK, as a “gorilla sitting on my chest”.

“I didn’t understand the debilitating consequence of having no sleep. It becomes a tsunami. I was in a void,” Cattrall told the new issue of Radio Times. “I didn’t want to let down the audience, the theatre, playwright or the actors.

The actor, who was born in Liverpool but moved to Canada as a baby, had been due to star as Linda, a businesswoman who vows revenge after her office affair goes viral.

The actor said she had tried cognitive behaviour therapy to help cope with insomnia. “It’s like putting on a pair of sneakers and going into your past to get a new perspective. And I was gentle with myself. So last Christmas wasn’t about friends and relations; it was a monastic experience of trying to delve.”

Words by John Plunkett

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