Leslie Ash is reportedly set to return to screens in BBC’s Doctors after an 11-year hiatus, as a brand new character.
The 61-year-old will join the cast as Mary McRae later this summer, the mistress of a late womaniser Malcolm Brown.
Leslie’s character ends up in hospital after fighting his wife Joan at his graveside.
It’s set to be the star’s first major role since 2010, when she appeared on Holby City.
A source told The Sun: ‘It’s a big deal for Leslie to be back on the mainstream channels.
‘Merseybeat and Men Behaving Badly were a long time ago and she’s been focussing on smaller personal projects which are made through her company BooksOffice.
‘It’s only a short stint on Doctors but hopefully it reminds the nation what a talent she is and gets her name back out there a bit more for other roles.’
The actress made her name alongside Neil Morrissey, Caroline Quentin and Martin Clunes in ITV comedy Men Behaving Badly, which ran from 1992 to 1998.
However, in 2004, she was struck down with a superbug that left her unable to walk, with Leslie opening up in 2019 about how she had ‘lost 10 years of her life’.
The actress was admitted to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital with cracked ribs before she contracted methicillin-sensitive staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) – a skin infection that almost left her immobile.
For weeks doctors wondered if she would walk again, while her family were warned the infection may be fatal.
Leslie underwent endless physiotherapy and took heavy doses of painkillers to broaden her range of movement, regain her balance and wake up her nerves while spending three months in hospital.
She finally came off medication after her doctors ‘kept upping the doses of painkillers until she actually felt like a bit of a zombie’.
Leslie went on to say that she was looking for new acting roles.
Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Leslie Ash and the BBC for comment.
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