Father Ted star Frank Kelly reveals he is battling Parkinson's

Frank Kelly: I'll keep working
Frank Kelly: I'll keep working

Frank Kelly, best known for playing the role of Fr Jack Hackett in the hit show Father Ted has revealed that he is battling Parkinson's Disease.

The 76-year-old has vowed to keep on acting as he believes he has lived with the illness for many years.

The actor believes he may have been living with Parkinson's for up to twenty years before he realised what the condition was.

"I was shaving with my left hand with my right hand down by my side, which my daughter Fiona noticed was shaking," he revealed.

"That was a very long time ago. No one ever noticed that little shake in my hand, I just got on with it.

"I've been working as an actor for over 50 years, and a shaky hand won't stop me. I remain open to offers for work on stage and screen. I'm quite available and my mobile is always on," the legendary actor promised.

"I'm not going to let Parkinson's beat me. I'm just not that kind of person," he insisted to the Irish Sun.

The actor suffered heart failure earlier this year and while being treated for that his Parkinson's diagnosis was confirmed.

Kelly is currently writing his memoir, called 'The Next Gig', which should be available next year.