This Life star Daniela Nardini says she has endured the 'five worst years of her life'
Daniela Nardini proudly declares herself a 'warrior', adding that she comes from a long line of strong women in her family. The actor - forever fixed in the minds of her fans as feisty, foul-mouthed barrister Anna Forbes in the cult 90s BBC series This Life - has every right to be triumphant.
She has endured five of the 'worst years of her life', she says, which began with the death of her beloved father, followed by the break-up of her marriage, and then, in a final devastating blow, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo a mastectomy.
It is only now the 52-year-old Scot feels she can speak of it publicly in the hope of inspiring other women to get regular checks.
She said: 'I went through a very dark period. Sometimes I wonder if it was all the emotional stuff I was going through that caused my cancer. A couple of years down the road, I now feel as if I've emerged stronger and a better person really. Anna would be proud.'
It's 24 years since This Life and her career-defining role as TV's first sophisticated 'bad girl' – one which has often been compared to Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag.
The show made stars not just of double-BAFTA award-winning Daniela, but her co-stars Jack Davenport, who later starred in Pirates of the Caribbean, and Andrew Lincoln, who went on to headline The Walking Dead series.
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