‘Things are tough’: Barry Humphries hospitalised in Sydney


Barry Humphries on 60 Minutes
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Barry Humphries is in hospital in Sydney reportedly following complications from hip replacement surgery.

Dame Edna Everage’s alter ego earlier had surgery after breaking a hip at home. But after complications, the comedian is reportedly back in a Sydney hospital this week.

Showbiz reporter Peter Ford told Seven’s Sunrise and 2GB that the 89-year-old’s health sadly “worsened” in the past week.

The journalist explained “things are tough” for him but Barry was a “trooper” and would fight hard.

“He doesn’t intend on giving up easily, in fact, he’s got dates pencilled in to go back on stage,” Peter Ford said.

“Whether that’s realistic or not, it’s just important that you have a goal. And Barry certainly intends to keep on fighting.”

‘My foot got caught and down I went’

These days, Barry Humphries lives in London with his wife Lizzie Spender.

But the veteran entertainer has been spending time in Australia since December.

A month ago, Barry Humphries himself told the Sydney Morning Herald that he was in “agony” after the fall at home in February.

He said he was “getting on” with some “very painful” physiotherapy at the time.

“It was the most ridiculous thing, like all domestic incidents are,” he explained.

“I was reaching for a book, my foot got caught on a rug or something, and down I went,” he said.

Barry Humphries hoped to tour his one-man show

At the time Barry hoped he could get back on his feet for the Australian leg of his one man show The Man Behind the Mask.

The comedian added to the Herald that his medical bill “is bloody enormous, I strongly advise not breaking your hip!”

“The result of my broken hip means I now have a titanium hip … you can call me ‘Bionic Bazza,’” he said.

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Jordan Hirst
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