British travel presenter Jonnie Irwin, known for British daytime shows A place in the sun and Escape to the countryhas revealed that he has terminal cancer.
In an interview with British magazine Hello!, he revealed that he has lung cancer that has spread to his brain and doesn’t know how much time he has left. He had first suspected a problem after noticing his vision was blurry while filming in 2020.
“Within a week of flying back from filming, I was given six months to live,” he said. “I had to go home and tell my wife, who was taking care of our babies, that she was pretty much on her own. That was devastating. All I could do was apologize to her. I felt so responsible.”
He said he hoped by revealing his diagnosis that he would encourage others to get the best out of their lives.
Irwin plans to keep working as much as possible, with a “live with cancer, don’t die” attitude.
The presenter has worked on Channel 4’s long-running property format A place in the sun in 2004 and played episodes of Escape to the countrythe TBEN’s daytime format.