Chris Ellison, who is known for playing DCI legend Frank Burnside in The Bill – appeared on Good Morning Britain with his wife Anita to talk about aphasia
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Good Morning Britain viewers were left devastated when actor Chris Ellison appeared on the show to discuss his struggles with aphasia.
The 75-year-old – who is known for his portrayal of DCI legend Frank Burnside in The Bill – spoke to hosts Kate Garraway and Richard Madeley along with his wife Anita.
Chris decided to reveal his condition after Hollywood star Bruce Willis recently said he has the disease.
He was diagnosed with aphasia – which causes the person to lose the ability to speak or communicate – after he suffered a stroke in 2020.
Last Wednesday, family members close to 67-year-old action star Bruce revealed that he was forced to retire from acting after being diagnosed with an illness.
Richard started the interview by saying: “Chris, I know you’re happy to try to answer some questions with a pretty simple ‘yes or no’. Well, give it a go – since then decided to go public over the weekend, do you feel better about yourself?”
“Well, I don’t know,” Chris replied, but managed to finish the rest of the sentence, prompting his wife to enter.
Anita said: “If I can answer you, if you don’t mind me answering you, for me I have seen a big change in Chris. He was immediately lifted, because I explained what was going on.”
Reacting on Twitter, viewers were saddened to see Chris disappointed with his condition, but praised him as “brave” to speak out and help others with his condition.
One person tweeted: “So sad to see Chris like this, such a great tbh star #GMB.”
While another commented: “#GMB the frustration he must be feeling for not being able to communicate.”
A third wrote: “Breaking to see chris like this, brilliant actor fell in love with him in The Bill #GMB.”
“So sad to see Chris like this, an excellent actor. It’s brave to speak out and hopefully help others,” another commented.
Another tweeted: “#GMB you are a brave man, mr Ellison…. stand up proud mate, go out for it smugly and say b**** **s with what people think…you’re still friends…#chrisellison #asphasia.”
“His wife wrote like that, it must be hard for her to explain to people he understands but can’t reply to #GMB,” one person tweeted.
* Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV
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