Comedy legend Billy Connolly, 78, enjoying ‘new lease of life’ in Florida

Comedian Billy Connolly is enjoying “a new lease of life” out of the spotlight.

The Big Yin, 78, who lives in Florida, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013 and no longer performs live.

In a new ITV documentary, 78-year-old Connolly is shown relaxing with a fishing rod and enjoying drawing.

His wife Pamela says: “What he wants to do now is take it easy. He wants to fish, he wants to sit on his dock and enjoy the sunshine and watch television and drink tea and eat biscuits.”

Connolly, who is writing his autobiography, spends a lot of his time drawing.

He said: “Drawing has given me a new lease of life. I managed to get pictures together and people like them, which surprises me and amazes and delights me.”

Talking about his illness, Connolly said: “It was obvious from my movement that I wasn’t who I used to be.

“It’s got me and it will get me and it will end me, but that’s OK with me.

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“I started low and I ended high. I wanted to be a funnyman and I got it.”

Connolly was last on a stage doing stand-up at the beginning of 2017.

He had to pack in his career on the road when he could no longer remember all of his gags.

Billy Connolly: It’s Been A Pleasure airs on Monday, December 28 at 9.30pm.

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