Billy Connolly shares update on Parkinson's as illness becomes 'stranger and different'

Billy Connolly

Billy has spoken about his illness

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 24/11/2023

- 12:00

Updated: 24/11/2023

- 12:13

Billy Connolly has spoken about his health while living with Parkinson's

Billy Connolly was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease 10 years ago, in 2013.

The comedian, who turns 81 today, has spoken about his experiences with the illness.

Billy explained the challenges of Parkinson's and added the ways he has found to cope with these.

He said: "Every day it gets stranger and more different."

Billy Connolly

The comedian was diagnosed 10 years ago


Parkinson's is a disease that affects the brain and the symptoms can vary greatly.

The much-loved comedian said he has found hobbies that have helped him cope with his illness.

In particular, the star credited being creative doing things like drawing and painting.

“Art has made my life magical at a time when I thought it would be unbearable," Billy told The Times.

Symptoms of Parkinson's include tremors, slowness of movement and muscle stiffness, according to NHS.

Those with the condition can also experience balance problems, a loss of sense of smell, nerve pain and dizziness.

Billy has taken a step back from performing since his diagnosis, although he recently spoke about his career and illness in his book Rambling Man: My Life on the Road.

The comedian explained he will often need the assistance of a stick when walking and sometimes needs a wheelchair.

He said he is "clumsy and out of balance", which he said he is "fed up with".

Despite this, he tries to stay positive regarding his illness.

Billy Connolly

Billy shared what helps him through his illness


"I think I have a good attitude with it. I say to the disease 'I'll give you a break if you give me a break'. We're nice to each other," he said during a recent chat with BBC Radio 4.

"I think most things can be conquered."

Celebrities will often open up about their health struggles and share updates with fans.

Bruce Willis' family have constantly shared details on his health after he was diagnosed with dementia.

His daughter has shared a heartbreaking update on the "really aggressive" illness.

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