'Full body tremors': The Project host reveals secret health battle

Sarah Carty
Features & Style Editor

He’s known for his quick quips and energetic attitude on The Project but behind the scenes Peter Helliar was suffering from a secret health battle. 

The 44-year-old comedian hasn’t only been taking to the Channel 10 show desk every week, but he’s also been writing, producing and starring in his new sitcom, How To Stay Married. 

The Project. Photo: Channel 10

Speaking to the Herald Sun, the children’s author said the stress of trying to juggle being a dad, a comedian and an actor all got a bit much for him. 

“I loved every minute that I was on set but the stress of having to do it all just took its toll on my health and by the end my body was left shaking,” he said. 

“I said to the guys (on The Project), if you see me ‘vague-ing’ out or flinching, just ignore it and move along.

“It’s just something that happens to me when I get really run down.”

Since the coronavirus hit, Peter has been able to take some time to relax and destress, while also still appearing on The Project. 

The comedian is writing another children’s book and learning French while in isolation. 

The new Channel 10 sitcom, How To Stay Married, stars Pete Helliar and Lisa McCune as Greg and Em Butler, who find themselves stuck in a rut in their marriage.

How To Stay Married debuts on Channel 10 on Tuesday, May 5th at 8:30pm.

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