Miles Jupp has recalled how he suffered a seizure while on the set of Trigger Point (Picture: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
Miles Jupp has recalled how lucky he was to be on the set of a TV show when suffering a seizure that led to him being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
However, when on the set of the ITV drama Trigger Point in 2021, Miles faced a serious health scare.
‘I was filming something, which was super lucky as it meant that I was in a city and there were set medics. I just knew something was really, really wrong,’ he said during a recent interview on Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe’s Parenting Hell podcast.
‘I just knew it to the extent that the runner said to me “you look very dizzy” and I just said to him, “I need a doctor”.’
He continued: ‘Eventually there was a sort of explosion in the vision, like a kaleidoscope and then I can remember the ground coming towards me very fast and you’re sort of in and out of consciousness for a while.’
The actor was then diagnosed with a brain tumour (Picture: Dave Benett/WireImage)
Although Miles said he remembers not feeling scared as the seizure unfolded, being rushed to hospital and having a scan ‘was as absolutely scary as you would imagine’.
At the time, his wife Rachel, with whom he shares five children, was on a bus with their kids when a producer on Trigger Point phoned her.
‘He had to ring my wife and say “your husband loves you very much, but he’s in an ambulance on his way to hospital” and she was with the children. So she just said, “look, dad’s not very well, he’s probably fine”.’
A few weeks later Miles underwent surgery to remove the benign tumour, explaining how the period of time between the diagnosis and the surgery were calm as the family ‘sort of tried to get on’.
It was six weeks later he returned to work following the operation, for close friend Frankie Boyle’s weekly show New Old Order.
Before that, Miles had been told by his surgeon the best way to ‘get back to normal’ was by ‘living normal life as quickly as possible’.
‘So actually things like people needing you, that’s good because you’re playing yourself,’ he added.
He also returned to work on Trigger Point, re-voicing the scene that had been filmed an hour before his seizure.
In the original scene that he watched back, Miles was ‘blinking a lot’, leaving him questioning if that had been a symptom of what was about to unfold.
Speaking about his tumour in an interview with The Guardian last year, Miles said it made him consider his mortality while lying in hospital.
‘You’re not convinced you’re a goner, but you are lying there with all this fear and uncertainty. You zoom out a bit and think: “Gosh, I need to have conversations with my family,” then it all gets a bit more terrifying.’
Trigger Point is streaming on ITVX.
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