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'ALLO 'ALLO STAR FIGHTING CANCER; Carmen, 72, refuses medical help.

Byline: NICOLA METHVEN TV Editor

'ALLO 'Allo star Carmen Silvera has lung cancer, it was revealed last night.

But the 72-year actress - Edith Artois in the hit wartime sitcom - has vowed to beat the disease without conventional chemotherapy treatment.

Carmen's agent Barry Burnett said she was diagnosed with lung cancer six weeks ago at London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

He said "She has been in hospital and had treatment but she's at home now. Obviously we are trying to be positive but it's a delicate area. The doctors have said it's serious, so we're keeping everything crossed.

"She hasn't had any chemo or radio therapy - she didn't want to go through all the trauma so she's decided to fight it on her own."

Mr Burnett added that Carmen, a smoker, had been "very robust, very alert" until her condition was diagnosed.

The Canadian-born star moved to Britain as a child after the Second World War and grew up in Coventry. She has enjoyed a long stage and screen career but it was the 'Allo 'Allo role of tuneless Madame Edith which brought her greatest fame.

Carmen spent a decade turning a blind eye to the roving eye of her reluctant Resistance fighter husband - played by Gordon Kaye.

Carmen is the second member of the sitcom to be struck by cancer. Hilary Minster, who played German General von Klinkerhoffen, died two years ago aged 54.

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