Ben Richards who played Nate Roberts in the ITV police drama, has now revealed his battle with bowel cancer.
The 41-year-old said that his attitude to the symptoms he experienced was very casual and he did what most men would do, to ignore and not even think of seeing a doctor.
He was under the false impression that the blood in his stool and irregular bowel movements were due to internal piles and attributed the bleeding to his frequent travel.
He said: "Surgeons were forced to remove almost half my bowel which was incredibly painful. The whole combination of treatments was a shock to the system and to be honest I felt awful."
In remission now after undergoing several cycles of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, he now wants to advice people about bowel cancer and the importance of eating and living healthy.