Julie Walters Reveals She Had Bowel Cancer But Is Now Cancer

Brenda Watkins
February 21, 2020

Dame Julie Walters has revealed she was diagnosed with bowel cancer 18 months ago.

Doctors actually discovered two primary tumours in her large intestine. I said, "yeah, what's up?"

She then opened up about the heartbreaking moment she returned to her husband who was waiting for her in the vehicle. 'I'll never forget his face. "Tears came into his eyes".

Speaking to the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme, the 69-year-old said: "I was still thinking, "That's ridiculous, he must have made a mistake".

Walters recalls how she was filming "The Secret Garden" at the time but had to be cut from numerous scenes.

Walters said: "I'm not saying I'll never act again", but added she would likely not star in a film that required her to work 14-hour days, five or six days a week.

When asked about how she felt when she received the news, she explained how she was in total shock, but she tried to focus on the positives and maintain hope of a recovery.

Dame Julie told how she had 30 cm taken out of her colon while she was in the hospital.

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She eventually did come around, and spoke about how she remembers "feeling absolutely marvellous" because of its effects.

'I said to the night nurse, "Is Love Island on?" - because we were talking about it - and we watched it together.

Dame Julie also hinted that her next film, an adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic novel The Secret Garden, could be her last.

After her treatment, she told Derbyshire that she was doing "really well" and added: "I've just had a scan, and I know that [I'm] clear".

The NHS's national clinical director for cancer, Professor Peter Johnson, said: "I would like to thank Dame Julie for sharing her story because it's so important for people to realise that, if caught early enough, bowel cancer can be cured, so going to your GP and getting checked as soon as you have symptoms is crucial".

"It's really odd in that I could get off this merry-go-round, it felt like I was stepping off something and it was wonderful because I was due to do a big series two big series, one that year one the year afterwards".

"It was too tender and too private and I just wasn't ready".

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