Bryan Cranston urges people to wear masks as he reveals coronavirus diagnosis

Tom Butler
Senior Editor

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has revealed he has had coronavirus and urges people to wear face coverings.

The US actor said he was “one of the lucky ones” as his symptoms were mild.

He shared the news on Instagram alongside a video of him donating his plasma – the liquid part of the blood – to scientists helping to fight the disease.

The Malcolm In The Middle star said: “I was pretty strict in adhering to the protocols and still… I contracted the virus.”

He added that the number of deaths from the virus in the US “sounds daunting”.

“I count my blessings and urge you to keep wearing the damn mask, keep washing your hands, and stay socially distant,” Cranston said.

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“We can prevail – but only if we follow the rules together.”

A number of other celebrities including actors Tom Hanks and Idris Elba and singer Pink have previously revealed they have had COVID-19.

Bryan Cranston attends the Premiere of Netflix's "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie", 2019. (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images)

In England, you must wear a face covering by law on public transport, at indoor transport hubs, shops and supermarkets, indoor shopping centres banks, building societies, and post offices.

Tom Hanks recently stated he ‘has not respect’ for people who won’t wear face coverings during the pandemic.

He said: “I don’t get it. I simply do not get it. It is literally the least you can do. If anybody wants to build up an argument about doing the least they can do, I wouldn’t trust them with a driver’s licence.”

Bryan Cranston can next be seen in The One And Only Ivan, streaming on Disney+ from 14 August.