Mark Stevens catapulted to stardom in Australia and even had a role in hit soap Neighbours. But drug addiction saw his life spiral out of control until the Holy Spirit visited him in a girl’s bedroom in London
Gifted Mark Stevens grew up in remote Tasmania yearning for fame – but little did he know the dream would turn into a nightmare. That is until, one day, God stepped in to save his life.
“I always had a real affinity and attachment to music, from a very, very young age,” Marks tells iBelieve.
Mark as a teenager on Neighbours
“I was singing and caught up in that whole world or performing and there used to be a programme on Australia television called ‘Young Talent Time’. It was a variety show that I watched as a kid and always dreamed of being on the show myself. I grew up in Tasmania so it was very isolated; I had a great childhood, but God was never on the table.
“Music was what I was all about. I had a sheltered little life, but that would all change. I wrote a song at 12 years old, placed it in a talent quest and actually won the competition.”
Mark Soon became a household name in Australia – landing a leading role as Nick Page on Neighbours alongside Kylie Minogue.
But by age 19 Mark’s life had spiralled out of control and he was soon taking Class A drugs.
“Soon after that I started dabbling in drugs a lot more. Ecstasy was around then… I was buying bags of 20-30 pills, and offering them as party treats. I wasn’t just buying one gram of cocaine, I was buying 10g at a time; everything was becoming excess. By the time I was 26 I was on heroin and was really at the end of my path.”