Christopher Timothy, 78, became a regular on the BBC’s EastEnders in April 2017. The role came after a long career in TV, having also played James Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small and Brendan “Mac” McGuire in Doctors. But what some fans of the actor may not know is his secret battle with prostate cancer.
The star began talking publicly about prostate cancer after becoming involved with the charity Prostate Cancer UK and realised the heredity risk.
Christopher discovered his three biological sons are two and a half times more likely to get prostate cancer.
The actor was also shocked to learn that his non-biological adopted son, who is black, is twice as likely to get prostate cancer because statistics show that one in four black men are at risk of getting it, compared to one in eight men generally.
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