Celebrities often face stress, and of course stress can be a trigger
for psoriasis. In this answer I have searched numerous sources, which
are detailed below. These are all the UK celebrities I could find that
John Thomson, the actor who appears in Cold Feet was interviewed in
the Observer on May 11 2003 by Rachel Cooke. She noticed that "he
looks horribly unwell ... the face is boiled-sweet red, the brow
dripping with sweat, the arms dotted with patches of angry psoriasis".
Rhona Cameron talks about her mother's problems with psoriasis in the
Sunday Mirror on March 30 2002."My mum, Jean, met me at King's Cross
station after I got back from Australia. There's just Mum and me in
our family now, and we are very close. She stayed with me for 10 days
and we had a great time. She has a heart condition, so getting down
from Scotland by train was a big deal for her. She also suffers from
psoriasis and I donated the money I made from Celebrity (pounds
38,451) to the Psoriasis Organisation. Celebrity boosted Mum as much
as it did me. She gave interviews and made TV appearances and loved
every second of it."
Dennis Potter, the playwright, had chronic psoriasis. This extract is
from the Guardian, March 17 2003. "Because of Potter's chronic
psoriasis, many of his pieces drew on hospital experience (most
famously, The Singing Detective)"
Nadia Sawalha has also suffered. This is again from the Sunday Mirror,
December 1, 2002: "TV presenter and actress Nadia Sawalha, 36, has
admitted to illnesses in the past that appear to be stress-related,
including glandular fever and the skin condition psoriasis. But
discovering alternative therapies has helped to put all that behind
her and she hasn't been to a doctor in 15 years. She says, 'I was
getting stress -related psoriasis on my arms and face and, although
I'd been using steroid cream, it wasn't getting any better, so I tried
homeopathy. It quickly sorted it out.' Steroid cream is a popular
conventional method for treating the red, scaly patches of psoriasis,
but shouldn't be used long-term as it can thin the skin. Expecting her
first baby later this year, Nadia hopes to extend her love of
alternative therapies to the delivery - and plans to give birth at
home as naturally as possible."
Ben Elton, the stand-up comedian and author, has psoriasis. This is
from the Daily Mail, November 2, 2002. "He has always suffered from
the skin disease psoriasis, and he rolls up his trouser leg to show an
angry rash. 'I've got it all over. Doctors say I am a bad case, and
other people tell me that I've got to stop working.'"
There is also a site which claims to contain a list of famous people
with psoriasis, not all of whom are from the UK.
- http://psorsite.com/famous.html (it does however include Robert
Someone once told me, although I can't find any evidence for this at
all, that the Appleton sisters may suffer. The claim might be backed
up by this site:
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