Benidorm star Kenny Ireland is battling cancer.
The 68 year old who plays Donald Stewart in the hit ITV sitcom will be written out of the next series whilst undergoing treatment.
The type of cancer that the actor is suffering from has not been disclosed but The Sun reports that his family have rallied around him following the diagnosis.
“The priority is Kenny’s health. As soon as he was given the news he pulled out of the latest series which, of course, everyone understood.
“He has been a popular member of the cast for many years and the entire team’s thoughts and best wishes are with him and his family.” – Benidorm ‘insider’
Ireland’s other credits include Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Victoria Wood’s As Seen On TV whilst he has also worked as a theatre director throughout his career.
In other Benidorm news, Steve Pemberton recently confirmed to What’s On TV that the entire Garvey family – a mainstay of the show since the start – will be bowing out in the next series after filming their final scenes earlier this year.