New grandmother Leslie Ash has revealed her concerns about looking after her son’s child due to her debilitating ailments.
61-year-old Leslie’s eldest son Joe, 31, and his fiancée Farah, 30, welcomed baby Lucas in April.
Of looking after Lucas, the actress told The Mirror: ‘I am scared. I can’t run and any mother will know that there are scary moments where you have to be able to run after your children to protect them, or stop them doing something.
New grandmother: Leslie Ash has revealed her concerns about looking after her son’s child due to her debilitating ailments
‘I’ll never be able to be alone with Lucas until he’s a certain age because I couldn’t be fully responsible.
‘I also won’t be able to run around and play with him as much as I’d like. That’s what my mum did with my kids. Still, there are plenty of other ways we can have fun.’
Leslie is married to former professional footballer Lee Chapman, and has been since 1988.
They share Joe and a second son, Max, 28.
Long-term love: Leslie is married to former professional footballer Lee Chapman, and has been since 1988 [pictured 2008]
Soldiering on: It was while she was in hospital that she contracted a ‘deadly strain’ of the MRSA superbug because of an abscess that had developed in her spinal column [pictured 2007]
Leslie revealed how she and Lee learnt they were to become grandparents.
‘Joe and Farah are getting married, so they pretended to send us pictures of a wedding venue,’ she recalled. ‘When Lee and I looked at it, we realised it was an ultrasound photo.
‘It was the best shock and we were both delighted. I’ve got shivers just thinking about it. It was a lot more emotional for me than Lee, because I value life more. You can’t take it for granted.’
Of looking after Lucas, the actress told The Mirror: ‘I am scared. I can’t run and any mother will know that there are scary moments where you have to be able to run after your children to protect them, or stop them doing something’
New parents: 61-year-old Leslie’s eldest son Joe, 31, and his fiancée Farah, 30, welcomed baby Lucas in April
Leslie has suffered many public medical conditions, including botched lip fillers, taking antidepressants and cracking two of her ribs after falling off the bed while having sex with her husband in 2004.
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.
She said in an interview with The Sun a month ago: ‘I was in and out of hospital for 15 years and it left me depressed. They put me on antidepressants for a long time.
Altered: The 61-year-old actress, who is returning to screens in Doctors this year, was left with a permanently altered appearance when, at 40, she got lip injections. Pictured in 2003
‘I wouldn’t advise anyone to go on antidepressants. Work it out, talk to someone but don’t go on those pills because they just numb you.
‘My son said, “you should really get off them”. You can’t really make any decisions and they make you feel a bit of a zombie to be honest.’
After having successfully come off the antidepressants, Leslie is looking forward to reviving her acting career, following an 11-year hiatus.
The screen star will be taking on the role of Mary McRae, the mistress of the late womaniser Malcolm Brown, on the daytime soap Doctors.
Her character’s fate on the show takes a dramatic turn for the worse as she is hospitalised following a fight with his wife, Joan, near his grave.
It will mark the actress’ first major acting role since 2010 when she made a short appearance on Holby City.
New cast member: The Men Behaving Badly star will join the BBC drama as the mistress of the late womaniser, Malcolm Brown
Talented: Leslie is best known for starring in the BBC sitcom Men Behaving Badly from 1992–1997 alongside Martin Clunes, Neil Morrissey and Caroline Quentin
The acting gig offers hope for Leslie who claimed in a 2019 interview on Good Morning Britain that the entertainment industry is ‘finished’ with her.
Talking to the show’s hosts, the Men Behaving Badly star discussed how contracting the superbug MSSA had impacted her occupation as she said she will never have the career she once had.
She won a record £5million compensation payout in 2008 after contracting the hospital-acquired infection, MSSA four years earlier.
Leslie said: ‘I was 44 in 2004. It was a difficult time in the industry anyway, a woman getting a bit older. It was also the peak of my career.
‘Everything was going well and then bam, the rug is taken from underneath you. You find yourself in hospital, paralysed from the waist down and you’ve to start all over again.