Julie Walters reveals she has beaten stage three bowel cancer following secret two-year battle

Publish Date
Friday, 21 February 2020, 10:27AM

Dame Julie Walters has revealed she has beaten stage three bowel cancer following a secret two-year battle with the illness.

The 69-year-old actress told how she was diagnosed with the disease in 2018 after visiting her doctor with stomach pain, heartburn, vomiting and "slight discomfort".

She was given the all-clear this year after undergoing chemotherapy and surgery.

Julie opened up about her cancer battle during an interview with the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire.

She said: "I was still thinking, 'That's ridiculous, [the doctor] must have made a mistake'. I couldn't believe it."

The award-winning star revealed doctors actually discovered two primary tumours in her large intestine.

And the news also came as a huge shock to her family and husband Grant Roffey.

She recalled: "I'll never forget his face. Tears came into his eyes."

The actress - who had "30cm taken out" of her colon during surgery - also admitting she doubted whether she'd survive her cancer treatment.

"I remember thinking 'I may not come round from the anaesthetic,'" she confessed.

However, she's currently doing "really well", in spite of her health scare.

"I've just had a scan, and I know that [I'm] clear."