Billy Connolly’s wife shares relief as he gets vaccine and showcases tattoo tribute to her

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Comedian Sir Billy Connolly, 78, was pictured sitting down with his sleeve rolled up and a plaster on his arm, after having the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. His 71-year-old wife Pamela Stephenson took to Twitter to share the picture, where fans could also see his tattoo of her name.

In view of her 58,000 followers, she wrote: “Thank God… Billy had his first Covid vaccine today!”

Fans of the comedian flocked to Pamela’s post to comment.

One user wrote: “Big love to the Big Yin from a Big Fan who considers him to be the funniest man on the planet!”

“We all pray he’s well and remains well. Look after him for us Pamela please,” a second commented.

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A third commented: “@PamelaStephensn Billy is one of the best people that has come out of the UK, a true working class hero.

“Sending live and best wishes from Newcastle upon Tyne.”

Another asked for further details about a date which could be seen inked on his arm under his wife’s name.

Billy joins the likes of Dame Judi Dench, Sir David Attenborough, Sir Ian McKellen and The Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith, who have also received the vaccine.

It comes as coronavirus cases continue to soar after a new variant was discovered to be 50 per cent more transmissible.

Billy, who lives in the US, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013 and retired from live performances two years ago.

Last month, he said he feels “happy in his skin” after making the “obvious” decision to retire.

In an interview last year, he added of his decision to step down from the limelight: “I have done my stand-up, I did it for 50 years, I did it quite well and it is time to stop.

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“My illness, my Parkinson’s disease, has rendered me different.

“It would either mean renewing what I do and doing something else, or give up what I did and that’s what I’ve done.

“Since the Parkinson’s I’m still the same in many ways, but I don’t think as sharply as I need to to be a stand-up.

“I’ve done 50 years and that’s plenty. Quitting is the right thing to do,” he added to The Scotsman.

Following his announcement, the comedian’s career was celebrated in documentary It’s Been A Pleasure.

Billy, widely known as the Big Yin, and his wife gave viewers an insight into their life in Florida and how he copes with his Parkinson’s disease.

Stars such as Dustin Hoffman, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Sheridan Smith and Whoopi Goldberg also spoke fondly of the comedian in the show.

Billy and Pamela have been married since 1989 and share three children together.

The comedian also has two other children from his first wife Iris Pressagh.

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