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'Breaking Bad' star Bryan Cranston recovers from Covid-19

The actor announced that he had recovered from the virus and was donating plasma to aid scientific research

Bryan Cranston collects a Tony Award. The 'Breaking Bad' actor has revealed he has recovered from Covid-19. Evan Agostini / AP
Bryan Cranston collects a Tony Award. The 'Breaking Bad' actor has revealed he has recovered from Covid-19. Evan Agostini / AP

Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston revealed on Thursday that he had recovered from the coronavirus.

The star shared a video of himself donating plasma at a Los Angeles blood bank.

The five-time Emmy winner took to Instagram to reveal the news.

He said that he had experienced mild symptoms including a headache, tightness of the chest and had temporarily lost his sense of taste and smell.

Best known for his role as Walter White – the chemistry teacher in AMC’s Breaking Bad series – the actor is seen visiting the blood and platelet donation centre at the University of California, Los Angeles.

There, staff collected 840 millilitres of his plasma to be used in processes that can treat some patients with the coronavirus or work to aid scientific research into it.

“Hopefully the plasma donation can help some other people,” says the actor in the video.

Bryan Cranston played Walter White in the hit series 'Breaking Bad'. Ursula Coyote/AMC
Bryan Cranston played Walter White in the hit series 'Breaking Bad'. Ursula Coyote/AMC

During the hour-long donation process, Cranston wore a surgical face mask and passed the time by watching an old black-and-white movie called A Face in the Crowd.

He seemed in good spirits, joking with staff about their needle aim and calling the collected plasma "liquid gold".

At a time when the United States has seen record Covid-19 case numbers, Cranston urged people “to wash your hands, social distance and wear a mask!”.

He joins a growing list of celebrities who have spoken publicly about having Covid-19.

Updated: July 31, 2020 03:06 PM

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