Actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham has been diagnosed with cancer

The actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham has been diagnosed with cancer.

The 65-year-old, well-known for her roles on Loose Women and the Oxo television adverts, has postponed a theatre tour, but vowed “nothing’s going to stop me coming back next year”.

Bellingham, who has two children, had been due to start a tour of Kay Mellor’s A Passionate Woman in Sheffield in September.

However, in a statement she said: “I’m devastated not to be able to honour my commitments to the play this year.

“But having toured many times before, I’m aware of the sheer stamina needed and I need to prioritise my recovery.

“That said, nothing’s going to stop me coming back next year, and I can’t wait to be a ‘passionate woman’.”

No further details of her illness have been given.

Bellingham starred in the Oxo adverts, which ran from 1983 to 1999, as the mother of a squabbling family.

Her acting roles have included parts in All Creatures Great And Small and the sitcom Second Thoughts, which began on BBC Radio 4 in 1988 before transferring to ITV.

She also presents ITV series Country House Sunday and was a regular panellist on talk show Loose Women.

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