Joe Swash health: ‘I had to learn everything again’ Actor’s scary virus

Joe Swash, 38, was about to give up on the idea of being an actor when he gained a role in BBC One soap opera EastEnders. Joe was cast as Mickey Miller and became a recurrent character and fan favourite. His popularity led him to star in a series of shows including I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, The Jump and Minute to Win it. Joe’s career has steadily made him a popular face on television screens, but what many are unaware of is that he came extremely close to losing it all due to a serious health condition.

Speaking to The Sun, Joe said: “I had to learn everything again. I had to learn coordination and my speech was slurred.

“It felt like my tongue was too big for my mouth. And I had terrible headaches.”

The actor had relearn many basic movements again and underwent gruelling physiotherapy.

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