Dame Sheila Hancock told Gyles Brandreth she may only have months to live

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Dame Sheila Hancock has revealed that she told friend Gyles Brandreth that she likely only had months to live.

The 87-year-old actress and star of stage and screen, who was recently made a Dame in the New Year's Honours List, has spoken about a recent exchange while filming Great Canal Journeys.

Sheila has become a regular playmate on-screen of friend Gyles, who she has been close to for over four decades.

In addition to Great Canal Journeys, the pair also appear as regular panelists on Radio 4’s Just a Minute and also on the celebrity editions of Channel 4 hit Gogglebox.

In Great Canal Journeys, Sheila shows off her exercise regime to Gyles as she must combat the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and in doing so she tells him that she may only have a matter of months left to live.

Sheila Hancock and Gyles Brandreth on Celebrity Gogglebox
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Speaking to Radio Times, Shelia explains: "This wasn't to do with my illness – although you can die of it and I do have to think about that – but just at my age, you’re unlikely to live many more years and that weighs heavily if, like me, you’re greedy to learn new things.”

Being so focused on her work, Hancock revealed that she has not spent enough time focusing on other aspects of her life, saying: "I've been postponing living all my life!"

Sheila Hancock was recently made a Dame in the New Year's Honours List
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The actress also lifted the lid on her and Gyles' dynamic, who she has been enjoying these adventurous projects with.

However, it's not always fun for him, with Sheila noting: "Bless him, I love him so much and I think he loves me but I do catch him actually cringeing sometimes if I say to a director, ‘Maybe it would be better if…’"

We hope those two never change!

The latest issue of Radio Times is available from January 5th
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Speaking of her condition to The Sun recently: "I have dodgy days but, on the whole, I’m OK.”

"On the days when I'm feeling all right, I get out and walk around – I've been doing a lot of it in lockdown."

Their previous exchanges on Celebrity Gogglebox and Great Canal Journeys are available on All4.

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