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Billy Connolly gives moving Parkinson’s update as he receives Bafta Fellowship

Sir Billy Connolly gave fans an update on his Parkinson’s disease while accepting his Bafta Fellowship on Sunday night (8 May).The comedian, 79, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013. It is a condition in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years. The main symptoms include involuntary shaking, slow movement and stiff and inflexible muscles. People with the condition can also suffer from anxiety, depression and memory problems.In his acceptance speech, which was shown at the Bafta TV Awards ceremony in a pre-recorded video, Connolly said: “I am very proud to receive this.“Life is good....
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Billy Connolly jokes his career is ‘out the window’ as he gets Bafta fellowship

Sir Billy Connolly joked that he was happy to receive the prestigious Bafta fellowship “now my career is out the window” in a pre-recorded message at the academy’s TV awards.The 79-year-old Scottish comedian, also known as The Big Yin, lives in the US and was not able to attend the event in person but recorded an acceptance speech.He was honoured on Sunday for a career spanning more than five decades.Sir Billy, who has Parkinson’s disease, said: “I am very proud to receive this. Life is good. I haven’t been on the stage for about two years. This is kind of...
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Billy Connolly to be Accorded BAFTA Fellowship

Click here to read the full article. Comedian, actor, artist, writer, musician and presenter, Billy Connolly (“Mrs. Brown”), will be honored with the BAFTA Fellowship at this year’s Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards. The fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA in recognition of an individual’s contribution to film, television or games across their career. Previous TV honorees include Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, Jon Snow, Bruce Forsyth, Joanna Lumley, Melvyn Bragg, Michael Palin, Trevor MacDonald, David Attenborough, Julie Walters, Ray Galton, Alan Simpson, Katie Adie and Joan Bakewell. In 1995, Connolly won the BAFTA Scotland entertainment category for “Billy Connolly’s...
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Highest Bafta honour for Sir Billy Connolly

Sir Billy Connolly says he never sets out to win awards, but the Scottish comedy legend is to be given one of Britain's biggest entertainment honours. The 79-year-old will receive this year's Bafta Fellowship at the Virgin Media Bafta TV Awards on Sunday. He will be celebrated for a career...
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‘Deeply honoured’: Billy Connolly to receive Bafta fellowship

Sir Billy Connolly said he does not let his Parkinson’s disease dictate who he is as he spoke of his honour at receiving this year’s Bafta fellowship. The 79-year-old comedian, known as the Big Yin, will be celebrated for a career spanning more than five decades at the awards ceremony on 8 May. The fellowship is the highest Bafta accolade given to recognise outstanding and exceptional contribution in film, games or television.
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Comedy Legend Billy Connolly To Be Given BAFTA Fellowship; Anne Robinson Leaves ‘Countdown’; Simon Lythgoe ‘Smashed Hits’; BBC Platinum Jubilee Plans – Global Briefs

Click here to read the full article. British Comedy Legend Billy Connolly To Be Given BAFTA Fellowship Pioneering Scottish comedian Billy Connolly is to be given the BAFTA Fellowship at this year’s Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards. Connolly, who has been active on the British TV and standup circuit for almost 50 years, will be handed the highest achievement bestowed by BAFTA at Sunday’s ceremony, an award that has previously been given to the likes of Judi Dench, David Attenborough and Joanna Lumley. The award comes almost 30 years after Connolly won his first BAFTA in the BAFTA Scotland Entertainment category....
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Billy Connolly Does…, Thursday, 21.00, Gold

You’d have to say Billy seems to be doing more during his ostensible retirement than he has done for years, but although he’s jacked in the stage work, he seems happy enough welcoming the cameras to his home in Florida where he can tell stories til the cows come home. Hence this new series, which sounds pretty much like some of the other shows he’s recently done on ITV, where he recollects moments from his comedy career via archivery, all based on various themes, of which the first is bad behaviour which is the cue for some familiar tall tales featuring the likes of Keith Moon.
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Billy Connolly: My Absolute Pleasure, review – A defiantly upbeat catch-up with the great comic in Florida

Going into Billy Connolly: My Absolute Pleasure, you might have reasonably expected an all too sombre affair. The revered Scottish comedian announced three years ago that he was giving up stand-up due to Parkinson’s disease; his retirement and half-century-long career were celebrated in the 2020 ITV documentary It’s Been a Pleasure. But this year’s follow-up is defiantly upbeat.Roughly half the hour-long programme is made up footage of Connolly in his new home in the Florida Keys. We see his daily routine, the way he is looked after by his neighbours and family; it’s clear he is living well out in...
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