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Leslie Ash, 62, uses walking stick on stroll with husband after life-changing spinal injury

Leslie Ash has been spotted walking in Battersea Park in London this weekend.

The actress, 62, was pictured with a walking stick, wearing a black coat, leggings and top which she partnered with vibrant trainers.

The star walked with her dog and husband Lee Chapman while enjoying the warmer climes over the weekend.

Famed for her roles in 1979 cult classic Quadrophenia and 90s sitcom Men Behaving Badly, her health ordeal in the noughties left her unable to walk.

Doctors previously told the actress she would be in wheelchair by 60, after a life-changing spinal injury.

The former Men Behaving Badly 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.

"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."

Leslie can walk unaccompanied without her stick but has one with her regularly.

As a result of her newfound mobility, the actress has been able to get her career back on track.

She's since popped up on popular soaps Doctors and Casualty.

Leslie is also set to star in a film named Twelve alongside Blue’s Duncan James.

The film is about a a recovery group session for those with eating disorders, written alongside NHS professionals.

Leslie also became a grandmother in April after eldest son James, 31, and fiancée Farah, 30, welcomed baby Lucas.

Last year, she told OK!what it's like being back in the acting game, admitting: "It’s lovely to be working again. I suppose, with lockdown, a lot of people have gone through what I went through when I was recovering from my spinal infection. You suddenly find yourself at home, not working, and so it’s great to be back."

She also opened up on her struggle to find work, and shared that there was "a lot of stigma in the industry against older women."

"Plus, I went from being an active 44-year-old to basically learning to walk again, so obviously that’s going to change the dynamic of the characters I play. Thankfully, there are more women directors and writers, so we’re getting more of a chance," Leslie added.

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