29 Sep 2017

Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus reveals breast cancer

7:57 am on 29 September 2017

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the award-winning star of US TV comedy series Veep, has announced she has breast cancer, in a message posted on social media.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as she poses with the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for "Veep" during

Julia Louis-Dreyfus with her sixth Lead-Actress Emmy earlier this month. Photo: AFP

"1 in 8 women get breast cancer," she wrote. "Today I'm the one."

She said the "good news" was that she had a "glorious group" of family and friends supporting her and "fantastic" insurance through her union.

The 56-year-old has also featured on Saturday Night Live, The New Adventures of Old Christine and played Elaine Benes on Seinfeld.

Earlier this month, Louis-Dreyfus picked up a record-breaking sixth Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a row for her role in HBO series Veep.

In that show she plays an ineffectual US vice-president whose attempts to expand her role are continually thwarted.