STEPHANIE Davis is gearing up for a career comeback seven months after quitting Hollyoaks.
The actress, 27, has overcome mental health struggles that led to a suicide attempt and battled alcohol addiction, but is now feeling positive about her future.
She previously beat her demons to return to the Channel 4 soap and win Best Actress at the Inside Soap Awards in 2019, however, less than a year later decided to step back from the limelight to focus on her son Caben, three.
Writing on Instagram today, she posted: "Hi everyone. Firstly if like to say Thank you to all my followers & to my supporters for your constant support! I would like to thank you for supporting me and respecting my decision when I wanted to take a year out of the industry & public eye.
"I’d also like to say a big Thank you to my family & by family I also mean my best friends too. I have been in the industry for over 10 years, the whole time trying to figure out this crazy thing called LIFE & trying to do that In front of a camera lens & behind a character I have played for many years..was difficult.
"You have watched me grow up on TV, go through hard times, learn my biggest lessons, you watched me find who I really am, become a mother and grow as a parent and as a person."
Stephanie shot to fame in 2010 as a contestant on musical talent show Over The Rainbow, before landing her role as Sinead O'Connor in Hollyoaks.
She was fired from the soap in 2015 and after turning up to work in an unfit state and later revealed she would drink three bottle of wine in a morning at the height of her alcohol addiction.
Just months later she starred in Celebrity Big Brother where she began an ill-fated relationship with the father of her son Jeremy McConnell.
Then in 2018 she reprised her Hollyoaks role having turned her life around and put their messy split behind her.
A harrowing rape storyline saw her showered with praise from colleagues and viewers, and she was rewarded with an Inside Soap gong.
However, following the breakdown of her relationship with co-star Owen Warner in September 2019, Steph's mental health spiralled and in a teary Instagram video she revealed she had intended to take her own life.
Today, her Instagram post continued: "You have watched me suffer with my mental health & addiction , but then come through the other side & reach my goals like winning Best Actress. They don’t call me the come back queen for nothing 🤣👑.
"After over 10 years of madness I needed to take a year to be there for my son & my self. I am so grateful I had that time, it’s been an amazing over a year of dating my self and spending quality time with my son & loved ones.
"The good thing is…I’m now BACK ( and this time for good! ) Over the past year I’ve been working hard on my music, I’ve wrote an album, got my own clothing line which is dropping THIS SUMMER, my book and sorting some exciting tv work later this year & more! I’ve been working so hard behind the scenes and can’t wait to share it with you all."
Back in June she quit Hollyoaks with a "heavy heart" to "be happy" – but admitted it's not what she wanted.
She released a statement on Instagram underneath the quote: "Goals: To be happy" and turned off comments.
She wrote: "Sometimes we make decisions based not on what we want but what we know is right! I have loved bringing Sinead into your homes for the past ten years but it’s with a heavy heart I have decided to leave Hollyoaks and now looking forward to working on new and exciting projects."
A Hollyoaks spokesman said at the time: “In mutual agreement with Lime Pictures Stephanie Davis is leaving her role as Sinead O'Connor on Hollyoaks.
"We would like to thank Stephanie for her huge contribution to the show and the enjoyment her character Sinead has brought to fans.”
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