Men Behaving Badly’s Leslie Ash ‘set to make TV comeback’ after 11-year hiatus

Actress Leslie Ash has been away from our screens for quite some time, but now she is expected to make her TV comeback starring as Mary McRae in BBC drama, Doctors.

Despite taking an eleven-year hiatus from the acting world, the Men Behaving Badly star will be joining the cast of Doctors later this summer.

Leslie, 61, will definitely make an explosive impact on the soap as she is set to play the mistress of a late womaniser Malcolm Brown. Her character subsequently ends up in hospital after having an altercation with his wife at his graveside.

Leslie last appeared on our TV screens in 2010 when she enjoyed a short stint in hospital drama, Holby City.

Though she appeared in the hit medical programme, Leslie hasn’t had a mainstream television role since 2004, where she played Inspector Charlie Eden in BBC1 police drama, Merseybeat.

The actress first shot to fame in the comedy series Men Behaving Badly alongside household names Neil Morrissey, Caroline Quentin and Martin Clunes.

Sadly, she contracted MSSA, which is a variant of the superbug MRSA, during a hospital visit which caused her career to be placed on hold.

Leslie admitted that her career took a nosedive after she contracted the horrible bug. Due to her loss of earnings at the time, Leslie received more than £5million in compensation from the NHS.

In 2019, the star said: "You go through a grieving process when you’ve lost your career. You know. And it can catch you at moments where you just feel like s**t."

Leslie tried to revive her career with personal projects but they failed to air on major channels.

Later on in her career, the comedic actress became known for her larger than life lips, after her injectable lip filler sparked attention in the media.

Talking about her upcoming appearance on the BBC One programme, Doctors a source explained: "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."

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