However, it was actually his second health scare in six years, as it’s been revealed that doctors also found a benign tumour on his pituitary gland in 2012.
After the brain surgery last year, he told The Telegraph, “I have quite a thick skin in lots of ways. Even the first time I had the operation, it almost bounced off me.
“They told me that it was a lot more dangerous this time, that there were a lot more potential problems. And then suddenly I was like: ‘Oh God, this is killing me.'”
Stephen also discussed the strain of his illness at such a busy time in his and Claire’s life.
“Having a child, and her career becoming stratospheric, there have been a lot of things going on at one time.
“You realise you’re not the most important person in that process, and everybody who loves you goes through far worse. My daughter didn’t know what was going on, at all. But my family did, and I could see it in them.”
The actor also admitted that he feared for his life before undergoing his operation – writing letters for his family if the worst should happen.
“There are certain things that you make sure you’ve done before you go into surgery. You write a letter. But it’s all very much on the off-chance that something did go wrong, because every part of you is saying that nothing will.”
Claire and Stephen were last pictured together at the Olivier Awards in 2016, holding hands on the red carpet.
However, Claire was recently pictured at a screening of her latest film, Unsane, on Wednesday night without her wedding ring.