Father Ted actor Frank Kelly has been given the all-clear from cancer.
The 69-year-old star, who played Father Jack Hackett in the hit Irish TV series, underwent an operation to remove a giant tumour from his bowel last September (07).
Kelly admits he pushed himself too hard shortly after the operation - but refused to tell his colleagues he was feeling poorly.
He says, "Early on I did a voiceover in a recording studio with a bright demeanour and dressed up to the nines. I excused myself to go to the loo and passed out there. But nobody knew because I came round again, got myself together and went back and finished the recording."
But there are plenty of well-wishers supporting Kelly in his return to health when he goes swimming in Sandycove, Dublin, Ireland.
He adds, "I was down there a few days ago and, as I wet my body, people nearby gave me a round of applause, hugs, cheers, cries of 'You're back!' It was lovely, a great encouragement."