Leslie Ash, 62, cuts a casual figure as she uses a walking stick while heading out for a stroll in the sunshine with her husband Lee Chapman
Leslie Ash cut a casual figure as she used a walking stick while out for a stroll in the sunshine in Battersea Park, London on Saturday morning.
The Men Behaving Badly star, 62, bundled up in a black padded jacket as she was joined by husband Lee Chapman, 62, and their pooch.
She donned a black t-shirt and matching leggings, while wearing comfy pink trainers and carrying her wooden stick.
Low-key: Leslie Ash cut a casual figure as she used a walking stick while out for a stroll with her husband Lee Chapman and their pooch in Battersea Park, London on Saturday morning
Leslie looked in high spirits as she opted for a fresh face and wore her blonde tresses poker straight in her bob style.
Meanwhile, Lee kept his look low-key as he wore a black t-shirt, jeans and trainers while walking the black spaniel.
The former professional footballer looked effortlessly cool in a pair of black sunglasses, while having a second pair attached to his top.
Leslie and Lee have been married since 1988 and share Joe, 31, and a second son, Max, 28.
Comfy: The Men Behaving Badly star, 62, bundled up in a black padded jacket over a t-shirt and leggings while sporting vibrant pink trainers
It comes after Leslie previously revealed she was only given a ‘slight hope of recovery’ by doctors, who thought she’d be wheelchair-bound by the time she was 60 due to a life-changing spine condition.
The star who has suffered many public health struggles in the past, admitted she needed ‘mental strength’ to keep fighting her condition, but has defied doctors expectations.
But it was while she was in hospital for this injury that she contracted a ‘deadly strain’ of the MRSA superbug because of an abscess that had developed in her spinal column – which could have left her permanently unable to walk.
Outing: Lee looked effortlessly cool in an all black ensemble while sporting a pair of sunglasses to protect his eyes from the glare of the sun
Leslie was given a bleak prognosis following the string of unfortunate events and told The Sun: ‘They said I’d be in a wheelchair by 60 because of my terrible hips and knees. I was only given a slight hope of recovery but because I wanted it enough I was able to achieve what I have today.’
The Quadrophenia actress has bounced back and rarely relies on a trusty walking stick, let alone a wheelchair.
She returned to the small screen this year, snatching up roles in Doctors and Casualty, but the future didn’t always look this bright.
Back in 2008, Leslie successfully sued the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and won an astonishing £5million in compensation, as she had contracted the antibiotic-resistant MSSA form of the infection after an epidural needle came loose.
The payout was so hefty because there was a belief she would not return to ongoing TV roles – and the compensation reflected the future loss of earnings.
Of the importance of staying optimistic, the Oxfordshire-born star said: ‘If I sat down and did nothing I’d be in a wheelchair now, without a doubt. You need a lot of mental strength to keep fighting.’
Life-changing condition: Back in 2008, Leslie successfully sued the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and won an astonishing £5million in compensation