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Sid Owen has refused to let the Loose Women stars and viewers see his face after suffering a horrific accident.
The 48 year old went through "total hell" after a golfball shattered his jaw and smashed six of his teeth in Thailand earlier this year.
Now, the EastEnders star, who is known for previously portraying Ricky Butcher on the soap opera, has spoken out on TV for the first time but has insisted on using a photograph of himself.
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The actor appeared alongside his former co-star Patsy Palmer, 48, who played his character's wife Bianca Jackson on the BBC show, for a reunion.
The interview was interrupted, however, as the Loose Women panellists couldn't help but ask why he was using a photograph instead of the video on the call.
He replied: "Back in January, I had my accident and I'm still having problems with my teeth and stuff like that. Down to coronavirus I've not been able to get down to the dentist.
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"So it's knocked my confidence a bit."
Sid, who was previously booted off a Dubai flight after a passenger allegedly slapped him, had opened up on the accident at the time, revealing that he could've died.
Speaking about the traumatic event, he explained that he was playing with a friend when a ball ricocheted off a tree and into his face.
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He said: "One minute I'm playing a round, and the next I’m in total agony and on my way to hospital.
"But actually I've almost been lucky because they've told me if it had hit me two inches higher up I'd probably be dead from that sort of impact."
The dad-of-one went on: "I was stood about 10 feet away when it hit me, hard, and of course it hurt like hell, but it was the shock factor too.
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"I remember seeing two teeth fly straight out of my mouth but it turned out to be a fracture in my face and a broken jaw, along with another tooth embedded into my jaw."
Sid said he's had to go through an intensive recovery period as he told The Sun Online: "I had to have a bone graft, followed by several rounds of dental surgery because it was too much damage to try to treat it all at once."
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