Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus reveals she has breast cancer

Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, 17 September.
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Ms Louis-Dreyfus won another Emmy earlier this month

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the award-winning star of US TV comedy series Veep, has announced she has breast cancer, in a message posted on social media.

“1 in 8 women get breast cancer,” she wrote. “Today I’m the one.”

“The good news”, she added, was she had a “glorious group” of family and friends supporting her and “fantastic” insurance through her union.

The actress, 56, has also featured in Saturday Night Live, The New Adventures of Old Christine and Seinfeld.

Earlier this month, Louis-Dreyfus picked up a record-breaking sixth Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a row for her role in HBO series Veep.

In Veep, she plays an ineffectual US vice-president whose attempts to expand her role are continually thwarted.

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