But what is the condition and what are the symptoms?
Here’s what you need to know.
Who is Chris Ellison?
Actor Chris Ellison played DCI Frank Burnside in The Bill and the spin-off Burnside from 1984 until 2000.
The 75-year-old TV star was diagnosed with aphasia after suffering a stroke in 2020.
He has been left unable to speak for a year and a half since he was diagnosed with a brain disorder.
Anita, Kris’s 69-year-old wife, told The Sun on Sunday: “It’s awful, we felt so lonely. Kris is trapped in his body. He can understand everything that is going on around him but he can’t speak, read or write.
He hasn’t said anything in 18 months. Sometimes I feel as though I’ve lost my very attractive, very funny, and caring husband.
“It’s frustrating for both of us but when he looks in my eyes I see he’s still there. I cried Buckets, he’s kind of mourning. But he’s still here with us, still very caring and loving.”
What is aphasia?
According to the NHS, aphasia is when a person has difficulty with their language or speech and is usually caused by damage to the left side of the brain, for example, after a stroke.
People with aphasia often have a problem with the four main ways people understand and use them.
- writing or writing
“Speech problems are perhaps the most obvious, and people with aphasia may make mistakes with the words they use,” the NHS said.
“This could sometimes be using the wrong sounds in a word, choosing the wrong word, or incorrectly putting words together.”
Aphasia can occur alone or in combination with other disorders, such as visual difficulties, movement problems, limb weakness, and problems with memory or thinking skills.
Does Bruce Willis suffer from aphasia?
Close family members of 67-year-old action star Bruce Willis recently revealed that he had to retire from acting after being diagnosed with aphasia.
A statement shared by his 33-year-old daughter Rumer said: “To the amazing Bruce fans, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has some health issues and was recently diagnosed with aphasia, which is affecting his cognitive abilities.
“As a result of this and with a great deal of consideration, Bruce is walking away from a profession that meant so much to him.
“This is a challenging time for our family and we deeply appreciate your continued love, sympathy and support. We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and we wanted to attract his fans because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him.”