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The highly anticipated FX limited series Shogun premiered to rave reviews on Tuesday.

But for some fans, the joy of discovering an epic new series was undermined by reports about actor Cosmo Jarvis’ illness.

Questions about Jarvis’ health have been circulating on social media, but as is so often the case on Twitter/X and elsewhere, the truth of the situation has been obscured by a jumble of misinformation.

Thankfully, Jarvis has spoken openly about his condition, so it’s not hard to separate the facts from the fear-mongering lies.

Cosmo Jarvis attends the IMDb Studio at Acura Festival Village on location at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival – Day 4 on January 27, 2020 in Park City, Utah.
Cosmo Jarvis attends the IMDb Studio at Acura Festival Village on location at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival – Day 4 on January 27, 2020 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)

Cosmo Jarvis Illness: What Is the State of the Actor’s Health?

Jarvis suffers from Type 1 diabetes, and he’s been admirably candid on the topic of his health, admitting that he experiences moments of anxiety and depression as a result of his condition.

“I think I was just [filming], and probably telling somebody about how I didn’t want to celebrate my birthday because I’ll be dead in 10 years,” he says, drily. He takes me aback,” Jarvis once told the Guardian, adding:

“Type one diabetes catches up with you.”

Cosmo Jarvis attends the British Independent Film Awards held at Old Billingsgate on December 10, 2017 in London, England.
Cosmo Jarvis attends the British Independent Film Awards held at Old Billingsgate on December 10, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)

Jarvis went on to say that his health issues have forced him to rethink his relationship with technology.

“It screws with my philosophy, because I’m pretty much a hater of technology and everything that it involves, but then I rely on it to some extent to survive,” he explained.

“I fully accept that if it wasn’t for technology, diabetics and anybody with any ailment would be the first people to be dead,” Jarvis added.

Cosmo Jarvis attends the Los Angeles premiere of FX's "SHOGUN" at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on February 13, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.
Cosmo Jarvis attends the Los Angeles premiere of FX’s “SHOGUN” at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on February 13, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

“Then it comes down to the point of trying to argue: where is the line to differentiate between technology in the name of excess and technology in the name of accommodating basic human needs?”

Cosmo’s Rise: A British Star Becomes an International Phenomenon

Though born in the US, Jarvis has spent most of his years living in the UK, where he’s been a well-known actor and musician for several years.

Cosmo Jarvis performs at Music Cafe at Inside Inc Club during Sundance London  on April 29, 2012 in London, England.
Cosmo Jarvis performs at Music Cafe at Inside Inc Club during Sundance London on April 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Sundance/AEG Europe)

Now, thanks to Shogun and his work in films like Lady Macbeth and Persuasion, Jarvis’ star is on the rise internationally.

As a result, a whole slew of new fans are taking an interest in the 34-year-old’s personal life.

The situation might be a mixed blessing for Cosmo, who has vigilantly guarded his privacy up to this point.

Cosmo Jarvis poses during a photocall after the screening of his film "Lady Macbeth" at the 64th San Sebastian Film Festival, in the northern Spanish Basque city of San Sebastian on September 19, 2016.
Cosmo Jarvis poses during a photocall after the screening of his film “Lady Macbeth” at the 64th San Sebastian Film Festival, in the northern Spanish Basque city of San Sebastian on September 19, 2016. (ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

It’s believed that Jarvis is married, but nothing is known about his alleged wife, and it doesn’t look as though the actor will be opening up anytime soon.

Cosmo’s desire for privacy makes his willingness to speak publicly about his diabetes all the more laudable.

And if there’s any downside to his stellar work in Shogun, it’s that it’s sure to bring him tremendous international acclaim, which will likely lead to more prying questions from fans!