Julie Walters lifts lid on heartbreaking secret battle with stage three cancer

Dame Julie Walters has been given the all-clear after being diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer diagnosis.

The actress, 69, opened up about her diagnosis on BBC's Victoria Derbyshire, and admitted she initially thought doctors "must have made a mistake".

Having had chemotherapy, the actress, who has starred in Billy Elliot, Calendar Girls and Mamma Mia, has now been given the all-clear.

Recalling the incident on the news and current affairs programme, she explained she had visited her doctor a year earlier with indigestion and "slight discomfort".

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She revisited her GP with symptoms such as stomach pain, heartburn and vomiting.

The British star was filming her upcoming movie The Secret Garden when she received a phone call asking her to stop by her doctors' surgery.

The specialist informed her they had located an abnormality in her intestine, and feared it was cancer.

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"I was still thinking, 'That's ridiculous, he must have made a mistake'. I couldn't believe it," she told presenter Victoria Derbyshire.

She remembers, still in shock, the moment she told her husband Grant Roffey the news.

"I'll never forget his face. Tears came into his eyes."

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Dame Julie discussed her surgery and explained she had "30cm taken out of my colon" in hospital.

After waking up from her anesthetic, and still feeling its effects, she felt "absolutely marvellous".

"I said to the night nurse, 'Is Love Island on?' – because we were talking about it – and we watched it together.

"It was only a couple of days later I thought, I feel exhausted, and a bit low actually."

She added: "I've just had a scan, and I know that [I'm] clear."

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