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Bradley shocked by Alzheimer’s statistics

David Bradley playing Ray Johnson in after life sitting on a chair
David Bradley playing Ray Johnson in after life sitting on a chair Image credit: imdb.com

After Life actor David Bradley has been shocked after finding out how many Alzheimers patients suffer loneliness after playing character Ray Johnson, who lives with the illness in the popular Netflix series.

The 79-year-old said: "Portraying someone with dementia in After Life gave me a real insight into the difficulties 850,000 people face every day and the impact it has on families across the UK.

"But it also highlighted how everyone can make a big difference just by being patient and understanding."

Bradley supported the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Action Week in May 2019.

The show, created by Ricky Gervais, has been critically acclaimed for its mixture of comedy and sensitivity following lead character Tony going through grief after losing his wife, Lisa, to cancer.

"With one person every three minutes developing dementia, it's time for us to come together and unite against dementia with Alzheimer's Society," Bradley added.

"I was shocked to find that many people with the condition feel isolated and unsupported in their local community.

"Small acts of kindness make the world of difference - Dementia Action Week is a great opportunity to start a conversation and help people living with dementia live the life they want."

After Life is streaming on Netflix now.