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  • 21 July 2014, 4:10

Patrick Stewart Backs Assisted Dying Bill

Sir Patrick Stewart has spoken about his support for the Assisted Dying Bill following the suicide of his friend's partner.

The legendary actor told Sky News' Entertainment Week that he was "so appalled" by the circumstances surrounding the death of his close friend's loved one, he became a patron of Dignity In Dying.

He is campaigning for laws to be put in place to let terminally ill people chose when they can end their life so they can do it in  "comfort" with their loved ones around them.

The 74-year-old X-Men star said that as a society we were becoming more "realistic about death".

He admitted to Sky's Lucy Cotter that he is starting to feel the effects of getting old, suffering with arthritis.

Sir Patrick added: "I do walk into rooms and forget what I had gone in there for but, luckily, as has been proved by Sir Ian McKellen and myself on Broadway for the last eight months, we can still do our job.

"We can remember 80 pages of Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter - that has not changed."

:: Also on this week's show, Britain's best-selling author, creator of the Gruffalo, Juila Donaldson MBE, Shep Gordon - the rock manager and Hollywood producer on why Mike Myers has made a movie about him.

Plus, we sit down with Grayson Perry to talk elitism in art and launching a huge street exhibition Art Everywhere as well as talk to Andy Serkis about the Dawn of the Planet Of The Apes.

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