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Eastenders star Laila Morse has been hailed a hero by fans for stripping down and baring her breast cancer scars to all.
Laila, 76, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 and recovered within a year. But her treatment has left some scarring, which she clearly wears loud and proud now.
Laila has played Mo Harris in Eastenders since 1985 and has become a household name. On Saturday (11th December), she appeared on Strictly The Real Full Monty where she stripped off to win money for charity.
The entire episode was dedicated to raising awareness about checking yourself for cancer and Laila appeared alongside the likes of Duncan James, Brenda Edwards and James Jordan.
During the episode, Laila opened up about her own experience with cancer before plucking up the courage to bare all on stage. The actress sprained her ankle on stage during filming and so had to go out on a wheelchair.
This comes just days after Mark Wright opened up about his cancer scare and urged his followers to get anything out of the ordinary checked.
The celebs have to strip off and walk out on stage in front of a live audience in order to win the cash prize for their chosen charity.
The contestants are coached by Diversity star Ashley Banjo before walking out on stage and plucking up the courage to take their kit off. There was no messing about from Laila, who was quick to strip.
Laila wore just a pair of black knickers, bravely baring the rest of her body to the nation, including the scars on her breasts.
Viewers were so impressed and inspired by Laila’s confidence, they took to Twitter, with one user hailing the actress a “hero.”
“Just finished watching #StrictlyFullMonty and Laila Morse - what a legend. A heart of pure gold,” said one Twitter user.
“Imagine if we all had the same attitude as Laila Morse. How much happier we’d all be,” wrote another.
“Can all just appreciate Laila Morse for two seconds? The oldest person to ever do this but the most fearless by a mile,” said another. “Her attitude is second to none and she just gets on with it. What a phenomenal woman.”
“Laila Morse man what a queen am sobbing,” said another.
“Laila Morse is my hero! What a woman!”
“Laila Morse … I’m proper ugly crying! What a legend! What an inspiration!”
“Wow I'm in awe of Laila Morse on #StrictlyTheRealFullMonty what an incredible lady she really is an inspiration to us all . Laila you are amazing. So much love to her,” said another.
Strictly The Real Full Monty is available to watch on demand on ITV Hub.
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