But actress to carry on filming Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

Dame Maggie Smith has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

It’s been reported that the Oscar-winning actress, who plays schoolmistress Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter films, has had a tumour removed and completed a course of chemotherapy.

Despite the illnes, she’s insisted on continuing filming the sixth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince.

Maggie, 73, is said to be taking the illness in her stride. ‘The last thing she wants to do is make a fuss about it,’ a friend tells The Daily Mail.

The actress has won two Oscars during her 50-year career, including one for the 2001 film Gosford Park.

Laura Czerniak