Julie Goodyear’s pal Biggins speaks out on ‘terrible’ dementia diagnosis

Julie Goodyear makes guest appearance on The Big Quiz

Christopher Biggins said he is devastated to hear that Coronation Street actress Julie Goodyear has been diagnosed with dementia.

The panto star told Express.co.uk: “It’s terrible. I [haven’t been in contact with her] but I am very sad to hear that, it’s a great shame.

“It is a terrible thing, dementia, and she is a legend.”

Biggins made the comments at the press night for Queen musical, We Will Rock You, on Wednesday evening.

Julie’s husband, Scott Brand, announced the Bet Lynch star’s diagnosis earlier in the day.

He said the 81-year-old had sought medical advice after “suffering forgetfulness” but there was now “no hope of a reversal”.

He said in a statement: “My darling wife and I have had to come to terms with this heartbreaking diagnosis.

“Unfortunately, Julie has been suffering forgetfulness for some time and we have been seeking medical advice and assistance – but we now know that there is no hope of a reversal in the situation and that her condition will get progressively, and perhaps speedily, worse.

“We have taken the decision to publicly announce the diagnosis as Julie still loves visiting friends and eating out.

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“Inevitably, she is recognised and fans love to meet her – and she them – but she can get confused, particularly if she is tired. I hope people will understand.”

Julie and Scott first met in 1996 when he delivered plaster to a house she was renovating.

They have been married since 2007, however she didn’t accept his first proposal.

She told Piers Morgan in 2013 that he proposed to her every day for 11 years before she said yes.

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She said: “I might renew his contract. He’s been the best of a bad bunch, he really has.”

Asked if she was happily married, she responded: “Very.”

Julie’s most iconic character is of course leopard-clad barmaid, Bet Lynch, whom she played from 1966 to 2003.

Julie’s decades on the show made her one of ITV’s longest-serving actresses and a favourite with fans.

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