Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes reveals he has an incurable and uncontrollable tremor

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Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has revealed that he is living with a condition that makes his hands shake uncontrollably.

The award-winning screenwriter said that the incurable ‘essential tremor’, often mistaken for Parkinson’s disease, doesn’t hurt but is a ‘nuisance’ and ‘tiresome’.

Fellowes, 70, said that he was initially in denial when he was first diagnosed, explaining: ‘Nobody talks about it, but also nobody’s ever heard of it. 

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes revealed yesterday that he is living with a condition that makes his hands shake uncontrollably

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes revealed yesterday that he is living with a condition that makes his hands shake uncontrollably

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes revealed yesterday that he is living with a condition that makes his hands shake uncontrollably

It’s called an essential tremor and as you can see my hands are shaking.’ 

He told Lorraine Kelly on her ITV breakfast show: ‘It gets better and worse, worse in the morning… actually it’s better when you’ve had a drink which is an interesting detail. It doesn’t kill you. It doesn’t hurt. It’s a nuisance.

‘It’s tiresome. But there are plenty of things that are worse in the world that people have to put up with.’ 

Fellowes said that he decided to give his much-loved Downton Abbey character Carson the same affliction in the final series of the show in a bid to ¿get it out there¿

Fellowes said that he decided to give his much-loved Downton Abbey character Carson the same affliction in the final series of the show in a bid to ¿get it out there¿

Fellowes said that he decided to give his much-loved Downton Abbey character Carson the same affliction in the final series of the show in a bid to ‘get it out there’

Fellowes said that he decided to give his much-loved Downton Abbey character Carson the same affliction in the final series of the show in a bid to ‘get it out there’.

He said: ‘That’s why on Downton in the last episode… we gave Carson an essential tremor, so he couldn’t pour the wine.’ 

Fellowes urged anyone suffering similar symptoms to visit their doctor.