EastEnders icon Martine McCutcheon hospitalised after being unable to stand (2024)

Former EastEnders legend, movie star, singer, and all-round icon Martine McCutcheon has been speaking about the health issues that left her so dizzy she was barely able to stand up.

Martine was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, in 2011, and six years later was diagnosed with Lyme disease. She also suffers from fibromyalgia. These conditions cause a range of debilitating symptoms for the actress.

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain all over the body, sleep problems, fatigue, and often emotional and mental distress.

Chronic fatigue syndrome causes a wide range of symptoms, including extreme tiredness, while Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread by bites from infected ticks. Symptoms include tiredness, aches and energy loss.

She recently posted a picture of herself on Instagram looking tanned and happy alongside husband Jack McManus. The photo was taken while the couple were on holiday in Mallorca celebrating Jack’s birthday, and Martine had a specific reason for posting it.

‘I wanted to share these as my husbands birthday was kind of an extra big deal for me this year,’ she wrote.

‘Last year was terrible.🙈 I was so dizzy I could barely stand, I had been in hospital with my CFS and to say Jack held the fort is an understatement. His birthday was pretty rubbish, so I’m SO grateful and glad we got to enjoy this one… And that we got to see some friends.’

Martine said that her symptoms are unpredictable and she doesn’t know when they’ll flare up. This has meant things like holidays have to be quite spontaneous.

‘I have to plan things pretty last minute as I don’t know how my symptoms will be and I hate letting people down,’ she said. ‘So now, I only surround myself with people who understand that if I need to cancel something (& that can happen often) it’s not a choice I want to make and that they go ahead and book something and if they see me rocking up, it’s a bonus! 🙏🏽’

Instagram is often full of holiday pictures and can sometimes look like everyone is having a perfect time, but Martine was keen to stress that reality can be somewhat different.

‘I wanted to share this, as people only see snippets on insta and life isn’t all fun and games… But I’m not going to wait till things are perfect to live and love my life. Grab what you can!’ was her inspiring message.

The post has had a hugely positive reaction with fellow CFS and fibromyalgia sufferers praising Martine’s open approach to the conditions.

‘So good to see you speak openly about ME/CFS. No-one can really understand the unrelenting fatigue and exhaustion unless they have it,’ said one.

‘I have just read your post and I am in tears as that is exactly what happens with me,’ said another.

Martine has previously posted about how the flare-ups give her ‘migraines from hell’ that make her feel like ‘I’ve been hit on the head with a mallet.’ She’s also spoken about her anxiety.

Despite her health issues, Martine continues to have a successful career on stage, screen and with her music. She appeared in the second series of The Masked Singer as Swan and has appeared alongside Jack on Celebrity Gogglebox.

She became a household name when she played Tiffany Mitchell in EastEnders from 1995 to 1998.

The popular character met a tragic end when she was run over in the Square by Frank Butcher (Mike Reid) and died at the scene. Bianca Butcher (Patsy Palmer) named her daughter Tiffany (Maisie Smith) in memory of her friend.

Following her EastEnders departure, Martine appeared in the film Love Actually, which has now become a staple of Christmas viewing. Her character, Natalie, is a junior member of staff at 10 Downing Street who has a romance with the prime minister, played by Hugh Grant.

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EastEnders icon Martine McCutcheon hospitalised after being unable to stand (2024)


EastEnders icon Martine McCutcheon hospitalised after being unable to stand? ›

Martine was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, in 2011, and six years later was diagnosed with Lyme disease. She also suffers from fibromyalgia. These conditions cause a range of debilitating symptoms for the actress.

What disease does Martine McCutcheon have? ›

Martine McCutcheon gets 'migraines from hell' because of Lyme disease and fibromyalgia. leaving the page. Martine McCutcheon has opened up about suffering “migraines from hell” as a result of Lyme disease and Fibromyalgia.

How did Martine McCutcheon lose weight? ›

Having previously spoken about losing weight on The Cambridge Diet, she has since ditched the 'crazy diets' in favour of what helps her the most. The Cambridge Diet is a calorie-controlled diet aimed at rapid weight loss.

What has happened to Martine McCutcheon? ›

In 2011, McCutcheon was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and six years later also with Lyme disease. On social media, she shares her experiences with flare-ups of fibromyalgia and how this impacts her, such as slowing down her journey with weight loss.

Why did Martine McCutcheon stop acting? ›

'I just thought, "I love what I do but I don't love what comes with it', so I called my agent and gave up the industry. I remember thinking, 'If I'm meant to stay in it I'll get a big sign."' Taking time off, Martine explained that she went to stay with a pal in Spain and 'slept for three days straight'.

How did Martine McCutcheon get Lyme's disease? ›

McCutcheon was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) in 2011, a chronic a condition that causes extreme tiredness among other symptoms. She was later diagnosed with Lyme disease, an infectious bacterial condition passed on from being bitten by an infected tick.

Does Martine McCutcheon have fibro? ›

Martine McCutcheon has urged people to "keep on talking" as she opened up on a hidden health battle. The EastEnders star took to her social media where she reflected on the "physical and emotional trauma" of having Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

Has Martine McCutcheon had face surgery? ›

Martine McCutcheon has become one of the few celebrities to be honest about their cosmetic surgery - as the former EastEnders actress filmed herself undergoing Botox treatment.

What does Martine McCutcheon eat in a day? ›

This involves eating vegetables at every single meal as well as snacking on fruits throughout the day. “For 80 percent of my week, I will mainly have just healthy proteins, vegetables and fruit, organic and veggie juices, and Flora spread,” she told Best Magazine.

How old was Martine McCutcheon when she gave birth? ›

Former EastEnders actress Martine McCutcheon has given birth to her first child with husband Jack McManus, saying, "I'm in love big time". McCutcheon, 38, welcomed baby boy Rafferty Jack on Wednesday morning - 10 days early.

Is Martine McCutcheon still with her husband? ›

The Love Actually star and Jack have been together since 2009, and married since 2012, and share son Rafferty Jack McManus, 8, together. In the caption for her Instagram post, which featured the song I Won't Last A Day Without You by Paul Williams, Martine wrote a passionate love letter to her husband.

Does Martine McCutcheon have MS? ›

Personal Life: In 2011 Martine was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, otherwise known as CFS or MS, and then six years later, with Lyme Disease and Fibromyalgia.

Who is Martine married to? ›

Did Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon date? ›

While Martine and Hugh didn't actually fall in love, Martine has said that she still sends Hugh messages even almost twenty years after starring together in the 2003 Christmas movie.

When did Martine McCutcheon leave EastEnders? ›

McCutcheon left the series at the end of 1998 to embark on a pop career, this time as a solo artist. She had international success, reaching #1 in 5 countries with her debut single "Perfect Moment".

Who is Martine McCutcheon husband? ›

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