'Home and Away' star reveals they're battling cancer

Publish Date
Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 9:27AM

Home and Away fans all know and love the hard-nosed, no-nonsense recurring character Morag Bellingham, who's played by Cornelia Frances.

But sadly, the 76-year-old has just stunned viewers with the revelation she has been fighting cancer for the past 12 months.

"I discovered I had bladder cancer," she told the Daily Telegraph.

"I just froze as I heard that word, and thought: Oh please God, I know I haven’t been a practising Catholic for many years but I am still a believer, help me.”

"This then spread to my hip bone which fractured and then I almost died from loss of blood due to an ulcer in my throat.

"I was a total mess according to my surgeon. He told me he didn’t believe they could get me back from the brink but somehow they did."

"Despite all this, I am still here, as the old song goes."

While the actress is not yet in remission she has plans to eventually return to Home and Away.

“I would dearly love to go back to Summer Bay,” she said.

Cornelia, who has played Morag on and off since 1988, was last seen on screens in April 2017.

We're thinking of you Cornelia and wish you a fast recovery!