Billy Connolly on why he put aside his pride in 'brave' choice amid Parkinson's disease

Sir Billy Connolly, 78, was struck down with Parkinson’s disease in 2013 but despite the cruel diagnosis, he’s remained positive throughout. The comedian admitted that it’s helped him become more open with asking for help.

In a recent interview, he spoke about how his dependance on other people used to bother him.

He said: “It’s taught me to ask for help. That used to bother me but you have to be brave enough to ask.

“If I ask for a hand up out of my chair, people can’t get there fast enough.

“You think it’s a big deal but nobody blinks an eye.

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Sir Billy added: “It’s about not being proud, ­being more open.”

The actor noted that often people have “never heard of him”, a statement that’s hard to believe coming from one of the most influential comedy icons of all time.

“It’s not because I’m famous. They’ve often never heard of me,” he explained.

“People are basically very nice, given half a chance. It’s life-affirming. A lovely thing.”

Billy confessed that the disease has meant that he’s no longer as “sharp” as he once was on-stage, revealing that it will be his final performance.

“I’ve done 50 years and that’s plenty. Quitting is the right thing to do. I achieved everything I wanted, played everywhere I wanted to… I did it all,” he told The Mirror.

The program will feature an array of his greatest stand-up moments, unseen performances and chats with some big name celebrities, such as Sir Elton John, Whoopi Goldberg and Dustin Hoffman.

“To mark this major moment in comedy history, this star-studded one-hour special celebrates Billy’s anarchic genius and life-affirming brand of humour,” said ITV.

“There are also unique new insights from the woman who knows Billy best – his wife and soulmate, Pamela Stephenson.