Peaky Blinders

Peaky Blinders star Sam Neill reveals devastating cancer diagnosis

He will have to undergo treatment every month for the rest of his life

Peaky Blinders and Jurassic Park star Sam Neill has opened up about his cancer diagnosis. The actor is receiving treatment for stage-three blood cancer.

The New Zealand star, who played Alan Grant in the hit film and Chief Inspector Campbell in the hit Birmingham series, revealed he had spotted symptoms while doing publicity for Jurassic World Dominion last March. He was diagnosed with angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma shortly after noticing his glands were swollen.

Sam, 75, revealed he is now cancer free but will have to continue his treatment every month for the rest of his life. He told the Guardian that writing his memoir – Did I Ever Tell You This? – while receiving therapy for the disease had saved his life.

‘I found myself with with nothing to do,’ he told the publication. ‘And I’m used to working. I love working. I love going to work.

‘I love being with people every day and enjoying human company and friendship and all these things. And suddenly I was deprived of that. And I thought, “what am I going to do?”

‘I never had any intention to write a book. But as I went on and kept writing, I realised it was actually sort of giving me a reason to live and I would go to bed thinking, ‘I’ll write about that tomorrow … that will entertain me.’

Neill added: ‘And so it was a lifesaver really, because I couldn’t have gone through that with nothing to do, you know.’

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