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'No more stand-up, but I might go back to acting', says Billy


Billy Connolly

Billy Connolly

Billy Connolly

Billy Connolly has said he may consider a return to acting if a "nice thing" came up.

The comedian was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2013 and announced his retirement from live performances five years later.

Last week, he confirmed he is "finished" with stand-up comedy.

However, he said he would consider returning to the screen, and would even be open to playing a character with Parkinson's.


His last film role was What We Did On Our Holiday, released in 2014, which also starred David Tennant.

"I'd maybe act again if a nice thing came up," Connolly said.

"I'd definitely mull it over. I don't have anything in mind, but I'd definitely mull it over if I was asked. I like doing it.

"I had a brilliant time making What We Did On Our Holiday up at Gairloch, apart from the midges. They were the worst I've ever experienced.

"I went to a thing at Downing Street for a Parkinson's charity. I met a writer who wanted me to play a guy with Parkinson's in a film. I said, 'Sure, I'll do that'.

"But I think the whole project has fallen through now."

Connolly, affectionately known as the Big Yin, was famed for his energetic stage presence across a six-decade career.

He was diagnosed with Parkinson's while under-going surgery for early-stage prostate cancer.

An exhibition of his artwork has just opened at Castle Fine Arts in his home city of Glasgow and is scheduled to run until March 22.