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Big Yin given all-clear for cancer

Billy Connolly has been given the all-clear from prostate cancer.

The actor and comedian, affectionately known as The Big Yin, was in Glasgow today and broke the news during a TV interview.

He was talking about Celtic's match against Barcelona with Sky Sports News when he told the broadcaster: " I got the clearance on Wednesday on my cancer so I'm okay.'

Last month his spokeswoman said he was diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer and had minor surgery in the US.

She also said Billy " has been assessed as having the initial symptoms of Parkinson's disease, for which he is receiving the appropriate treatment" but will continue to perform on stage and screen.

The 70-year-old started his showbusiness career as a folk singer, developing the stand-up act that made him famous and led to a career in television and film.

He went on to perform sell-out stand-up shows around the world, present a series of documentaries and become an in-demand character actor, starring alongside Judi Dench in Mrs Brown and playing a dwarf warrior in the Hobbit movie.

He is married to New Zealand-born actress and psychologist Pamela Stephenson, whose biography of her husband, simply called Billy, was a huge best-seller.

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