Comedian Billy Connolly has had surgery to treat the early stages of prostate cancer. The much-loved Scottish star has also been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
“The operation was a total success, and Billy is fully recovered,” his spokeswoman said.
In a statement, she explained that he “recently underwent minor surgery in America after being diagnosed with the very early stages of prostate cancer.
“In addition, Billy has been assessed as having the initial symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, for which he is receiving the appropriate treatment.”
The 70-year-old actor has been in a number of successful films such as Mrs Brown, in which he appeared alongside Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman-produced movie Quartet, as a former opera star who shakes up his retirement home by flirting with staff and fellow pensioners.
He began life his working life as welder in the Glasgow shipyards before turning to folk singing and then stand up in the Sixties. His high energy, colourful monologues in which he would stomp about the stage have made him a popular fixture on television.
Earlier this year, he said he wanted to stay young at heart: “Stay young. Me I’m 37! I haven’t changed my attitude to things since I was 37.”
In December 2012, Billy received a BAFTA Scotland award for outstanding contribution to showbusiness.
His representative has promised fans that the actor would continue to meet his professional commitments.
She said: “Billy has been assured by experts that the findings will in no way inhibit or affect his ability to work, and he will start filming a TV series in the near future, as well as undertaking an extensive theatrical tour of New Zealand in the new year.”