Red Dwarf’s Craig Charles says ‘breathing is laboured’ as tests Covid positive

Craig was being cautious (Picture: James Gourley/Rex/Shutterstock)

Actor and DJ Craig Charles has said he is self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus.

The Red Dwarf star, who hosts the Saturday night Funk and Soul Show on BBC Radio 6 Music, told his followers on Twitter his breathing was laboured, which he described as ‘a worry’.

Craig, 57, said: ‘Okay guys I don’t want to alarm. But I’ve caught the Covid. Breathing is a bit laboured which is a worry.

‘But I’ve got an oxymonitor so so far no hospital. Starting to feel a bit better. But have to isolate. Sorry to let everyone down. Back soon.’

Professional quizzer Anne Hegerty from The Chase was among those sending messages of support, writing: ‘Feel better soon!’

Craig is best known for appearing in long-running sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf as Dave Lister, as well as being the former host of Robot Wars and a Coronation Street regular for 10 years until 2015.

Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, and Danny John-Jules in Red Dwarf (Picture: UKTV/Grant Naylor Productions)

In December, Craig confirmed that Red Dwarf would be returning with more specials in the future, after the success of the show’s on-off Easter special in April 2020, as he said: ‘There’s life in the old dog yet.’

However, the coronavirus pandemic has slowed progress down, with the actor explaining on Good Morning Britain: ‘We did one that came out at Easter, the Promised Land, in a new 90-minute format.

‘We were supposed to do the other one by now but obviously Covid put paid to all of that but as soon as we can, we want to just do these 90-minute formats now so the feature-length formats because it was so well-received.’

He added: ‘We can’t wait to get together, have a laugh, have a dance, have a hug.’ 

Craig Charles is taking over from BBC Radio 6 Music’s Shaun Keaveny in the weekday afternoon slot (Picture: Getty)

The DJ is due to take over Shaun Keaveny’s weekday afternoon slot on BBC Radio 6 Music from October.

The new show, which will be broadcast from Salford from 1pm to 4pm, is described as ‘an uplifting and eclectic mix of music and includes guests from across the worlds of music, comedy, TV and film’.

Shaun announced his departure from 6 Music after 14 years in June, saying: ‘It’s time for a change.’

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