GOT actress mental health battle

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Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner has announced she is stepping down from the limelight so she can concentrate on her mental health.

The star made a guest appearance on Dr Phil’s podcast Phil in the Blanks this week where she discussed the pitfalls of being on one of the world’s most watched television dramas.

Turner, who plays Sansa Stark in the popular show, said the part has affected her self-esteem and took its toll on her friendship with co-star Maisie Williams who was "going through the same thing".

The 23-year-old actress told Dr Phil: 'I've suffered with my depression for five or six years now. The biggest challenge for me is getting out of bed and getting out of the house. Learning to love yourself is the biggest challenge.

'It's weird. I say I wasn't very depressed when I was younger, but I used to think about suicide a lot when I was younger. I don't know why though.’

'I have a friend, Maisie who was on the show with me, she's just a year younger than me and we were growing up together.

'She was my best friend, and she was the only one I really told about everything. Maisie and I used to do it [stay inside] together. I think being friends with each other was quite destructive because we were going through the same thing. We would get home from set, go to a Tesco, a little supermarket, across the road and just buy food. We'd go back to our room and eat it in bed. We never socailised for a couple of years.'

Sophie went on to say she has been supported by fiancé Joe Jonas. 'I love myself now, or more than I used to.

'I'm now with someone that makes me realise, you know, that I do have some redeeming qualities, I suppose, and when someone tells you they love you every day, it makes you realise why that is, and I think it makes you love yourself a bit more.'

The final series of Game of Thrones is on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV, Mondays at 9pm.