Actor Christina Applegate diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

Emmy Award-winning actor Christina Applegate, best known for roles on Married With Children and Samantha Who?, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis earlier this year.

Applegate announced her diagnosis in a tweet on Tuesday

Christina Applegate, 49, has announced that she has multiple sclerosis, describing her diagnosis as a 'tough road.' (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Emmy-winning U.S. actor Christina Applegate has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and described her condition as a "tough road."

"A few months ago I was diagnosed with MS. It's been a strange journey. But I have been so supported by people that I know who also have this condition. It's been a tough road. But as we all know, the road keeps going," she said in a tweet on Tuesday.

"As one of my friends that has MS said, 'We wake up and take the indicated action.' And that's what I do. So now I ask for privacy. As I go through this thing."

Applegate won a Primetime Emmy for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for Friends in 2003. She was nominated in the same category for the same show in 2004. She was also nominated for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for Samantha Who? in 2008 and 2009.

In 2019 and 2020, Applegate was nominated in the lead actress category again for Dead to Me, which was also nominated for outstanding comedy series.

Applegate, who first gained fame as a child actor in the hit sitcom Married With Children, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and had a double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA1 breast cancer gene.