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Wednesday, 21 August, 2002, 09:56 GMT 10:56 UK
Sir John Mills falls ill
Sir John Mills
Sir John Mills was travelling with a private nurse
Veteran actor Sir John Mills has been taken ill with a chest infection while on holiday in the Scottish Highlands.

The screen legend, 94, was admitted to hospital on Thursday, but is now said to be "absolutely fine" and is expected to be discharged within the next few days.


He's absolutely fine but at his age we have to take every precaution

Spokeswoman
It is the latest health scare for Sir John after he cracked two ribs in a fall in November 2001.

He is regarded as one of the UK's greatest living acting luminaries, and won an Oscar for his role in Ryan's Daughter in 1971.

The infection took hold shortly after he flew from London to Skibo Castle - famous for hosting Madonna's wedding to Guy Ritchie - on Wednesday.

Sir John Mills at the Bafta Awards in February 2001
Sir John made an appearance at the Bafta Awards in February
He was travelling with a private nurse, but was taken to the NHS Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, 45 miles away, the following day.

"He's absolutely fine but at his age we have to take every precaution," his spokeswoman said.

"He had his nurse with him and was transferred to Raigmore Hospital. We hope he'll be out today or tomorrow and then he plans to continue his holiday staying with friends in Scotland."

He was admitted to hospital last November after the "nasty" fall at his Buckinghamshire home.

Sir John is almost blind after his retinas in both eyes failed while he was touring with his one-man show in 1992.

Sir John Mills in The Gentleman Thief
His last role was in 2001's The Gentleman Thief
But film fans have recently seen him looking relatively active at events in 2002, including the Bafta film awards and on Jonathan Ross' TV chat show.

In 2001, 400 other actors attended a special dinner to honour his career.

His first film role was in 1932, and he has since made more than 120 screen appearances, including acclaimed roles in 1946's Great Expectations, 1960's Tunes of Glory and Gandhi in 1982.

His last role was alongside Nigel Havers in TV costume drama The Gentleman Thief in 2001.

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