Sheffield play postponed after star diagnosed with cancer

Actress Lynda Bellingham has been forced to postpone a theatre tour after being diagnosed with cancer.
Actress Lynda Bellingham has been forced to postpone a theatre tour after being diagnosed with cancer.
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Actress Lynda Bellingham has postponed a tour of a new play – due to open in Sheffield in September – after being diagnosed with cancer.

The 65-year-old, known for her roles on Loose Women and Oxo TV adverts, has postponed the tour of A Passionate Woman while she undergoes treatment.

The actress and mother-of-two said: “I’m devastated not to be able to honour my commitments to the play this year.

“However, having toured many times before, I’m aware of the sheer stamina needed and I need to prioritise my recovery.

“That said, nothing’s going to stop me coming back next year, and I can’t wait to be ‘a passionate woman’.”

Bellingham starred in the long-running series of Oxo adverts in the 1980s as the mother in a squabbling family.

Other acting roles have included parts in All Creatures Great and Small and sitcom Second Thoughts.

She also presents ITV series Country House Sunday and was a regular panellist on talk show Loose Women.

A Passionate Woman was due at the Lyceum from September 10 to 21.

Daniel Evans, Sheffield Theatres artistic director, said: “A Passionate Woman is an extraordinary play about an extraordinary woman, and that woman is Lynda.

“She is the heart of this production, and it’s inconceivable that we would do it without her.”

n Ticket-holders can contact the box office for a full refund.