British actress Caroline Aherne is hoping her THE ROYLE FAMILY co-star Geoffrey Hughes will triumph in his cancer fight - so he can appear in the hit U.K. sitcom's Christmas (10) special.
The 66 year old collapsed with back pains at his home on Britain's Isle of Wight last Friday (30Jul10) and was taken to hospital by his wife Sue.
He was diagnosed with prostate cancer, just a year after he was given the all-clear from the disease, and is currently undergoing heavy radiotherapy.
Hughes is due to be released from hospital by the end of the week (08Aug10) and Aherne is praying for her pal's full recovery.
She tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "I am thinking about Geoffrey at this very difficult time.
"He is a warm and talented man and we are all looking forward to working with him again on The Royle Family Christmas special."
A spokesperson for Hughes adds, "Geoffrey is feeling much better. He's hoping to be out of hospital at the end of the week."