Dame Maggie Smith is battling cancer
The 73-year-old Oscar winner, best known in recent years for her portrayal of Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter films, is now undergoing treatment for the disease, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Dame Maggie is said to have insisted on going ahead with filming the latest instalment of the hit series last month even though she was undergoing radiation therapy at the time.
"She is dealing with it in her typically brave and understated way," one of her friends told the Mandrake column.
"She has had a tumour removed and subsequently completed a course of chemotherapy.
"This was precautionary and the prognosis looks good."
"The last thing she wants to do is to make a fuss about it."
Sending Dame Maggie Smith well wishes and a speedy recovery :hug: