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Stroke saw presenter Andrew Marr take up paint brush

By Catherine Wylie

Broadcaster Andrew Marr has said painting played a part in his recovery after he suffered a stroke.

The BBC presenter - who had a stroke in January 2013, spending two months in hospital and undergoing intensive physiotherapy to help him walk - also said he received advice from David Hockney, considered Britain's greatest living artist.

In a Radio Times interview about Winston Churchill's love of painting, Marr (56) said he does not have the kind of depression Churchill had, adding: "But recovering from a stroke is always difficult, you get ups and downs.

"The most I would say is that painting has helped me through the downs and produced more of the ups than there would otherwise have been."

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