Billy Connolly: I got diagnosed with cancer and Parkinson’s on the same day

The comedian and actor reveals details of the double blow he received last September in the latest edition of Radio Times


In an exclusive interview with Radio Times, Billy Connolly has revealed he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and Parkinson’s disease on the same day.


The 71-year-old, who is married to psychologist Pamela Stephenson, had visited the doctors where he received news of his cancer diagnosis, only to get a call telling him he had Parkinson’s just a few hours later.

“I remember I went through to the bedroom to answer the phone,” he told this week’s magazine. “Pamela was behind me – I thought she was gonna catch me. And she sort of held me and I went, ‘Oh Jesus’.”

The comedian added, “When he said, ‘First of all, you’re not gonna die,’ I was shocked. I said, ‘Of course I’m not going to f**king die.’ It never crossed my mind. It was all very businesslike.”

Connolly – who has five children and received the cancer all-clear last October – revealed he hadn’t lost his sense of humour throughout the difficult process: “I think they’re very closely related, deep despair and laughing. And I wasn’t in any pain.”


The full interview appears in this week’s Radio Times, available to buy from Tuesday 29 April