Tonight the TV comedy quiz show Shooting Stars returns, with original presenters Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer leading the mayhem. First aired in 1993, Matt Lucas joined the team in 1995 as ‘The Scorekeeper’. This turned out to be Lucas’s springboard to more television success; he went on to write and star in comedy series Little Britain, with David Williams, and work in TV and radio drama. He is taking to the West End stage from next month to star in ‘Prick Up Your Ears’ at the Comedy Theatre. The play is based on the life of playwright Joe Orton.
Born in 1974, Lucas first started to go bald at the age of six. In a recent interview with The Times, Lucas said his hair loss may have started as a result of his being knocked down by a car when he was four whilst on holiday in Portugal. He explained that some medics thought it might be delayed shock. Being bald so young was hard for Lucas, who says he was “The Bald Man of Stanmore. I couldn’t get away with anything. I did feel very self-conscious about my appearance. Going through puberty was hard.”
Lucas’ suffers from alopecia universalis, the most severe form of alopecia areata that leads to total hair loss on the scalp and body. As Lucas’ father also lost his hair at a young age, when he was 13, it is possible that the actor’s condition is hereditary. In approximately 20% of alopecia cases, the condition is inherited from family members.
Like many people who suffer from alopecia, Lucas’ self-esteem was hit hard as he entered into adulthood: “I thought if I could be the roly-poly funnyman, the entertainer, I’d be allowed into the group.” While he no longer thinks this way, Lucas says playing the joker did help him socially and to learn the craft of comedy.
While there is no known cure for alopecia universalis, for some people the hair will re-grow on its own. It can be a short-term, acute condition even when there is 100% scalp and body hair loss. However, there is no way of telling when or to what extent hair will return.
It is possible to treat alopecia areata with proven hair loss treatments. If you are suffering from hair loss or thinning hair, it is recommended you seek specialist advice. The Belgravia Centre has been helping individuals with hair loss for many years. If you would like a free consultation with one of our experts, please call 020 7730 6666 or message the clinic. Alternatively, complete the online diagnostic form for a consultation via the website.