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Samuel West says famous mum Prunella Scales’ personality ‘largely taken away’ by dementia

Nov 30, 2021

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Samuel West, 55, is well-known as one of the stars of Channel 5’s All Creatures Great and Small. The star has now candidly opened up about his famous mother’s dementia and how it has impacted her.

Speaking in a new interview, the actor shared how Prunella Scales, who is best known for her role in Fawlty Towers, is faring with the diagnosis.

He said: “Dementia has largely taken away my mother’s personality.

“But it has left her in a fairly good mood most of the time.”

Samuel added to the Sunday Telegraph last weekend: “Although she’s quite deaf now, too, which makes conversation difficult, she’s cheery – which we’re all enormously grateful for.

“But I don’t know if she was necessarily aware of lockdown. That’s hard to say.”

Prunella was diagnosed with dementia back in 2014, and her husband, actor Timothy West, shared her diagnosis with the Guardian.

She stepped back from acting in 2020 after appearing in the show Great Canal Journeys.

Samuel is one of Prunella and Timothy’s three children.

In the same interview, he admitted his father has found his mother’s illness hard as he’s “lost his best friend”.

He was speaking to raise awareness for the Alzheimer’s Society and ahead of the All Creatures Great and Small Christmas special.

This is not the only time Samuel has opened up about his mother’s diagnosis.

He shared an emotional insight into their relationship in October when he wrote a letter to his younger self in The Big Issue.

Samuel admitted there are things he can never speak about with his mother now.

“The things I want to ask about, I’m never going to get answers to now,” he shared.

“But that’s OK, I’ve made my peace with that.

“In fact, leaving the desire to answer those questions behind has been an important thing for me to do.”

Samuel has appeared in shows like Any Human Heart, Mr Selfridge and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.

However, he’s probably best known as Siegfried Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small.

The series, which began in September 2020, recently returned for a second season on Channel 5.

It is based on a series of books about a Yorkshire vet written by Alf Wright.

Set in the years before World War Two, it follows Siegfried as he hires new vet James Herriot.

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