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Thursday, 29 August, 2002, 16:28 GMT 17:28 UK
Sir John Mills leaves hospital
Sir John Mills
Sir John Mills: "Laughing and joking"
Veteran actor Sir John Mills has been discharged from hospital after being treated for a chest infection while on holiday in the Scottish Highlands.

The screen legend, 94, was admitted to the NHS Raigmore Hospital in Inverness more than a week ago.

Sir John, who said he felt fit and well, wore a silk cravat, medallion and gold monogrammed slippers as he left hospital.

"I would like to publicly thank everyone at the hospital. They have been fantastic - all the staff, all the nurses, everyone," he told reporters.

Sir John Mills at the Bafta Awards in February 2001
Sir John made an appearance at February's Bafta Awards
"They always tell you that hospital food is not very good, but here it has been excellent."

Dame Judi Dench had sent him flowers and director Richard Attenborough had phoned daily to talk to him, Sir John said.

A hospital spokeswoman said: "He was fine, he was in a very good mood.

"I thought he was very nice, and he was obviously a bit frail, although his mind is all there, and he was laughing and joking."

Sir John is expected to stay with the parents of his assistant, Patricia Horrocks, in Caithness and will then return to Skibo Castle - famous for hosting Madonna's wedding to Guy Ritchie - where he was holidaying, for a few days.

The infection took hold shortly after he flew from London to Skibo.

He was travelling with a private nurse, but was taken to hospital in Inverness, 45 miles away, the following day.

Sir John Mills in The Gentleman Thief
His last role was in 2001's The Gentleman Thief
It was the latest health scare for Sir John after he cracked two ribs in a fall in November 2001 at his home in Denham, Buckinghamshire.

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.

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

But film fans have recently seen him looking relatively active at events in 2002, including the Bafta film awards and on Jonathan Ross's BBC 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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