Julie Walters’ cancer diagnosis was a “huge relief”.
The ‘Mamma Mia’ star was diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer – of which she has since got the all clear – but as she was really busy at the time and had been working very hard, she admits there was some “strange” relief in the news.
She said: “I had a weird reaction to it. Part of me was going, ‘Oh my God! I’ve got cancer! Oh my God!’ And I’m dealing with the shock of that, and it’s all systems go to have it treated. But there was also an element of going, ‘I don’t have to do any more work.”I can actually get off this treadmill.’ Because I had been working really hard and it seemed like a big excuse not to do anything. Cancer trumps everything. So there was a huge relief in it, which is strange. But I needed something to stop me.”
And the 70-year-old actress believes acting could have caused her cancer but will “never say never” to getting back on set one day in the future.