Billy Connolly reveals his hand is starting to 'jump around' as his Parkinson's worsens

Billy Connolly reveals his hand is starting to 'jump around' as his Parkinson's worsens

SIR Billy Connolly says his Parkinson's has become so bad he now has to hold his left hand to stop it shaking.

The comedian made the confession at the Edinburgh Television Festival today, where he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Billy, 78, who was diagnosed with Parkinsons in 2013, said: “The challenges lately have been medical, they’re getting worse.

“I’m holding my left hand because it’s started to jump around.

“So I have to weigh that up and see how bad it gets. I don’t know, I’ll play it by ear.

“I don’t shake too much but it happens when I least expect it.

“I’ll be talking and think, ‘Oh my hand is shaking,’ and then grab it.”

Billy also joked about receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the festival and said: “I feel I should be dead.

“These lifetime things, I feel like they know something that I don’t.”

The popular actor described his evolving health challenges as "good fun".

He said: "The way I think now is everything is a new challenge. I turn up unprepared and everything’s a challenge! It keeps your eyes open, it’s good fun.

"The challenges lately have been medical, they’re getting worse. I’m holding my left hand because it’s stated to jump around. So I have to weigh that up and see how bad it gets. I don’t know, I’ll play it by ear.

"I don’t shake too much but it happens when I least expect it. I’ll be talking and think, 'oh my hand is shaking' and then grab it. It’s not much of a problem. On the last tour I used to say to the audience, 'Good evening symptom spotters!' It would work really well!"

Things also took a cheeky turn when Billy opened up about wearing his favoured kilts.

He said: "I thoroughly enjoy swishing around in it but it makes part of me purple! The wool in it, I’ve got very sensitive skin so the kilt, I’m happy to tell people I wear underwear. I wear long underwear given half a chance because it eats me alive, the kilt, my legs and willy gets purple!"

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