Comedian Billy Connolly has spoken out about life with Parkinson's disease in a new BBC documentary and is reported to have said that he is "slipping away" and "near the end".

The 76-year-old Hobbit actor was diagnosed with the degenerative neurological condition in 2013 when he was having surgery for early-stage prostate cancer. 

He recently filmed a documentary with the BBC called Made in Scotland, and The Daily Mirror reports that the stage and screen star says in the programme, "My life, it's slipping away and I can feel it and I should. I'm 75 [Connolly turned 76 in late November], I'm near the end.

"I'm a damn sight nearer the end than I am the beginning. But it doesn't frighten me, it's an adventure and it is quite interesting to see myself slipping away."

"I'm a damn sight nearer the end than I am the beginning, but it doesn't frighten me, it's an adventure and it is quite interesting to see myself slipping away"

"As bits slip off and leave me, talents leave and attributes leave," he said. 

"I don't have the balance I used to have, I don't have the energy I used to have. I can't hear the way I used to hear, I can't see as good as I used to. I can't remember the way I used to remember.

"And they all came one at a time and they just slipped away, thank you. It is like somebody is in charge of you and they are saying, 'Right, I added all these bits when you were a youth, now it is time to subtract'."

It is reported that Connolly asked for filming to be stopped at one point as he dealt with his Parkinson's symptoms.

"It takes a certain calm to deal with, and I sometimes don't have it," he is reported to say of living with the disease. "I sometimes get angry with it, but that doesn't last long, I just collapse in laughter."

Made In Scotland airs on BBC Two at 9pm on Friday.