Robert Webb carried on filming the latest series of Back right after being told he had a heart murmur.
The Peep Show star, 48, discovered he had an issue with his heart shortly into filming the Channel 4 series which returns later this month.
Back – which also stars long-term collaborator David Mitchell – follows the fractured relationship between Stephen (Mitchell) and his frustratingly perfect foster brother Andrew (Webb).
And when the entire cast checked in for their cast medical, Webb was stunned to be given an alarming diagnosis.
‘I saw a cardiologist who basically said, “This heart is going to fail in the next two to six months”. But that didn’t stop me doing a week’s filming,’ he said.
‘For reasons that I now find inexplicable, I just went to work for a week!’
Naturally, production were accommodating to the actor and made their best efforts to make sure the star of the show at least survived filming.
‘There is a scene where I’m supposed to be carrying a box up some stairs and the art department made it as light as possible,’ he told Daily Star’s Hot TV Column.
‘But I still found that scene the equivalent of doing five normal scenes. I thought, “Really I should go home and try not to have a heart attack.”’
After attempting to cut the booze and fags for a while, Webb has now finally swapped pints and cigarettes for running.
‘It was the gap in the domino topple that I needed,’ he told Guardian. ‘They literally turned me off and on. They put me under general anaesthetic for many, many hours, then brought me back to life. It’s an extraordinary thing, so that was the line in the sand for me.’
Back returns to Channel 4 on January 21.
Credit: Original article published here.