Ian Holm Tells of His Prostate Cancer Fight

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Byline: LUKE LEITCH

SIR Ian Holm is fighting prostate cancer, he revealed today.

The 70-year-old actor, who plays Bilbo Baggins in the Lord Of The Rings films, was diagnosed with the disease at the end of last year.

"It's all strange because I still feel like I'm immortal," said Sir Ian. "I can't believe that I've had something seriously wrong with me."

He added: "I didn't go through chemotherapy and my hair didn't fall out - but they won't actually know if I'm cured for another two years. I'll be dead of old age by then."

The RADA trained actor, who made a triumphant return to the West End last year in a production of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, was forced to miss a royal charity performance of Lord Of The Rings last December to seek treatment in America.

Sir Ian, who has five children, has been undergoing a series of treatments which have had, he says, some alarming sideeffects. Sir Ian, currently in New York, said he has given up hormone treatment because it gave him hot flushes. …