Coronavirus: Paul Chuckle 'laid-up' with mild symptoms

Paul Chuckle has spent a week in bed after suffering "mild" coronavirus symptoms.

The 72-year-old Chuckle Brothers star, whose real name is Paul Elliott, has reassured fans that he is “on the mend” after coming down with the disease.

Chuckle said in a video on Twitter: "Hi guys, just checking in to let you know I'm still around.

"I've been laid up with COVID-19 for a good few days, it was mild, but it was there and it's not nice, I promise you.

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"So please, please stay inside. We're all going stir-crazy, we know that, but please stay inside, take the pressure off the NHS, Marie Curie etc, please stay in, guys, and enjoy it the best you can."

FILE - This Feb. 3, 2014 file photo shows the Chuckle Brothers, Barry, left, and Paul Elliott in London. British children's entertainer Barry Chuckle, half of sibling duo the Chuckle Brothers, has died aged 73. Manager Phil Dale said Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018 that Chuckle, whose real name was Barry Elliott, died at home after an illness. Barry and his younger brother Paul starred in TV show "ChuckleVision," which ran on the BBC between 1987 and 2009. (Yui Mok/PA via AP, File)
The late Barry Chuckle with his brother Paul in 2014. (AP)

The comedian also revealed that during his illness his wife, Sue, feared he had stopped breathing.

He tweeted: "Sue nearly scared me to death hovering over me at 2am in the dark APPARENTLY checking I was still breathing because she was so worried, but today I don't feel quite so bad. Hope you are well."

Chuckle tweeted on Monday that he was spending his, “First day out of bed for a week, but a bit better.”

Top Gear presenter Paddy McGuinness was among those to wish the TV star well, tweeting; “Stay well pal. Good to see you.”

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Chuckle rose to fame in BBC children's programme ChuckleVision alongside his brother Barry. The show ran for 21 series from 1987 until 2009.

Barry Chuckle, real name Barry Elliott, died at the age of 73 in August 2018.