Mark Gatiss praised after tearful 'Stand Up to Cancer' video about losing his mother and sister to the disease
Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss delivered a tearful message to viewers of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins on Sunday when he discussed losing his mother and sister to cancer.
Viewers took to social media to praise the 52-year-old actor and writer for the honesty and sincerity of his video message for Stand Up to Cancer.
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The heartfelt video aired during one of the advertising breaks of the survival programme, in which well-known faces including presenter Jeff Brazier, Love Island star Camilla Thurlow and former Olympian Victoria Pendleton were put through their paces.
In the charity appeal, Gatiss shared the story of losing his mother to cancer and subsequently having to deal with the fact his sister died as a result of the illness soon after.
“We all sat around the bed, and we just laughed. We told stories about her, and to her, and just remembered stuff.” We #StandUpToCancer with @MarkGatiss in memory of his sister and his mum. To donate, text THIRTY, TWENTY or TEN to 70404 to donate £30, £20 or £10. #SASWhoDaresWins pic.twitter.com/D95HOUbgIA
— Stand Up To Cancer UK (@SU2CUK) April 14, 2019
“It’s an extraordinary thing to say, but one of my happiest family memories was the week that my mother was dying,” said Gatiss.
“My sister and my brother and my cousin and I, lots of people we sat around the bed and just laughed and told stories about her, and to her, and just remembered stuff.”
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He later discussed making preparations to spend Christmas with his sister, only to be told that she would not live until that day following her own breast cancer diagnosis.
Gatiss said: “It just seems so completely unfair that it was happening again so soon, but that’s the truth of it.”
Viewers were impressed by the candour of Gatiss’ message and took to Twitter to praise him for having the courage to share his experiences.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Mark ❤️. I still can’t get my head around cancer affecting 1 in 2 people – absolutely crazy statistics 😔 @Markgatiss #SASWhoDaresWins @SU2CUK
— JonnyH245 (@JonnyHeather1) April 14, 2019
Mark Gatiss talking about his loss is so moving glad that I donated last week love to him and all who have lost or suffered #SASWhoDaresWins
— ian rogers (@JayWratten) April 14, 2019
Big love to @Markgatiss – can't imagine how hard that must have been to talk about. 😢 #SASWhoDaresWins @SU2CUK #SU2C
— Julie Platt (@BettyShmem) April 14, 2019
Gatiss co-created Sherlock with former Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and also starred in the show as Mycroft Holmes.
He was previously best known as a member of the comedy troupe The League of Gentlemen and has since played a representative of the Iron Bank in Game of Thrones.