Ian Wright Home Truths on BBC One

Ian Wright: Home Truths sees the ex-soccer player open up to growing up in an abusive home by his abusive stepfather and examines the impact that has had.

In the one-time documentary, which will be broadcast on Thursday, May 6th, 2021 on BBC One, the football expert speaks to other victims of domestic violence.

It uncovers the psychological impact that growing up in an abusive and violent home has on children in the UK.

But what happened to Ian Wright as a kid? And where is his abusive stepfather now?


Ian Wright investigates domestic abuse in Home Truths (Image Credit: BBC One)

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Ian Wright Home Truths: What Happened to Ian as a Child?

Ian describes his childhood as violent thanks to his abusive stepfather.

He says, “When I was growing up there was a lot of violence at home.

“I felt nervous the whole time and I remember hating him so much.

“Given these memories, I wanted to talk to others.”

The documentary shows Ian revisiting his childhood home in Brockley, south east London, where he and his family were victims of violence.

Ian Wright’s Abuse by Stepfather

The former Arsenal striker lived in fear growing up in an unhappy home surrounded by his stepfather’s violence.

In one clip, Ian faces some harrowing memories when he returns to the family home for the first time since 1973.

He lived in one room with his mother Nesta, his brother Maurice and his stepfather.

Ian remembers his stepfather’s cruelty in forcing football-mad Ian to turn his back on the Match of the Day when it was being televised.

He also remembers the violence he experienced at home.

His stepfather was often violent, especially to Ian’s mother, Nesta.

Thinking about the memory, Ian says, “You know you are going to see or hear something terrible.

“Her eye was cut once. She said he hit her.

“I remember him grabbing my mother’s neck and I felt so helpless to see her so helpless and she tried to apologize when he had his hand around her neck.

“Even when I went to bed, I just couldn’t get rid of the memory of how helpless she was.”

In return, Ian’s mother abused Ian – physically beating him before cruelly telling him that she hated him and wished she had fired him.

Ian Wright" Home Truths Explores the Deeply Troubling Problem of Home Violence (Credit: BBC One)
Ian Wright: Home Truths Examines the Deeply Troubling Problem of Home Violence (Image Credit: BBC One)

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Where’s Ian’s Abusive Stepfather Now?

Ian’s stepfather left home when he was a teenager.

However, Ian maintains a relationship with his mother who was “too sick” to be in his film.

As a father of eight, Ian knows he must make peace with his mother for the sake of his own family.

He says, “I can forgive because I have to move on for my own children. I have to try to make sure they’re okay. “

To understand why his mother turned her pain on him, Ian meets Naomi.

She admits that she beat her own daughter after she became a victim of domestic violence.

Ian Wright: Home Truths On BBC One – What Is It About?

Ian Wright discusses his own violent past in this moving and raw documentary.

For the first time in decades he is returning to his children’s home to face the never-forgotten horrors of his chaotic childhood.

The former soccer player also speaks to others who were once victims of domestic violence.

He examines the effects of growing up in a mentally abusive and violent home on children in the UK.

He meets with social workers to find out how they support and protect youth who live in vulnerable households during Covid-19.

Ian Wright and his wife Nancy Hallam
Ian Wright and his wife Nancy Hallam (Image credit: Splash)

What is Ian Wright famous for?

Ian is a former professional footballer who turned into television and radio.

He has played for Crystal Palace, Arsenal, West Ham United and England and was known for his speed.

In November 2019, Ian took part in the nineteenth series of I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!

In February 2021, it was announced that Ian would be hosting a new prime time game show for ITV called Moneyball.

He is currently a commentator for BBC Sport and ITV Sport and has published several autobiographies.

How old is Ian Wright and where is he from?

Ian Edward Wright, MBE, was born on November 3, 1963 in Woolwich, London.

He is currently 57 years old.

The expert has a large family, which includes his famous cousin Patrick Robinson.

Actor Patrick is perhaps best known for playing Martin ‘Ash’ Ashford in BBC One’s long-running medical drama Casualty.

Is Ian Wright married and does he have children?

Ian Wright has been married to his second wife, Nancy Hallam, since 2011.

He revealed in his first few days on I’m a Celebrity that Nancy had no idea who he was when they first met.

He said to Campmate Myles Stephenson, “My wife didn’t know anything about football.

“I met her at The Cow pub in Notting Hill. I’m not kidding, it was the greatest kind of robbery to hit someone.

“I’m not saying I’m Brad Pitt, but she attacked me so nicely that I knew she was the right one.”

He was previously married to his first wife, Debbie.

Ian has eight children – four daughters and four sons.

His adopted son Shaun with his ex-girlfriend Sharon Phillips and his son Bradley were also there.

He also has a son, Brett, from his relationship with another friend.

Son Stacey and daughter Bobbi-Lee are the result of his first marriage to Debbie, whom he married in Mauritius in 1993.

The daughters Coco, Lola and Roxanne are all with his second wife Nancy Hallam.

Ian admitted in his 2016 memoir book, A Life in Football: My Autobiography, that he was unfaithful to his first wife, Debbie, which he now regrets.


Ian Wright: Home Truths will air on Thursday, May 6th, 2021 at 9 p.m. on BBC One.

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