Brad Pitt calls Angelina Jolie 'absolutely heroic'

Angelina Jolie underwent the procedure after discovering she was a carrier of the BRCA1 gene. Credit: AA/ABACA/Press Association Images

Brad Pitt described his partner Angelina Jolie as "absolutely heroic" after the actress revealed she underwent a preventative double mastectomy.

Jolie said she decided to have the procedure after doctors calculated she had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer as a carrier of the BRCA1 gene.

Pitt told the Evening Standard: “Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie’s choice, as well as so many others like her, absolutely heroic. I thank our medical team for their care and focus.

"All I want for is for her to have a long and healthy life, with myself and our children. This is a happy day for our family”.

ITV News reporter Martha Fairlie reports:

Jolie has also been praised by many for helping raise awareness of breast cancer.

Singers Kylie Minogue and Sheryl Crowe, who have both been treated for breast cancer, and E! News presenter Giuliana Rancic, who underwent a double mastectomy last year, all tweeted their support for the star:

Dr. Kristi Funk, founder and medical director of the Pink Lotus Breast Center where Jolie underwent the procedure, said it "applauds Angelina Jolie's bold choices regarding her BRCA mutation".

"We hope that the awareness she is raising around the world will save countless lives", Dr Funk added.