Sunday 22 April 2018

Former Emmerdale star Leah Bracknell (54) marries partner after terminal lung cancer treatment fails to work

Leah Bracknell
Leah Bracknell
Leah Bracknell in her Emmerdale days
Leah Bracknell as Zoe Tate in Emmerdale
Leah Bracknell in Emmerdale (PA)

Leah Bracknell has quietly married her partner.

The 54-year-old actress - who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in September 2016 - tied the knot with Jez Hughes, 44, in an intimate ceremony in Horsham, Sussex, in March last year after discovering her treatment had stopped working, the Sunday Mirror newspaper has revealed.

The ceremony took place in the drawing room at Park House, a grade II listed Georgian building.

Meanwhile, the former 'Emmerdale' actress recently admitted she wakes up "excited" every day because she is so happy to still be alive.

She said: "I wake up every day excited. I didn't do that before the cancer.

"I'm just really glad to be here. I wasn't expected to live that long, so I am just going to carry on, gloriously living, no matter what the doctors are saying.

"I could have died but I was still alive - that was a gift. I had to time to tell my family how much I love them and decide how I wanted to live."

And last February, Leah admitted she planned to look on the bright side rather than dwell on the "negative stuff".

She said: "I'm going to choose to embrace life and going to choose to make positive decisions. I haven't got the energy to react to negative stuff."

The actress previously revealed telling her grown-up daughters, Lily and Maya - who she has from a past relationship - was the hardest thing about her diagnosis.

She said: "Any mother will know how I felt. It's the worst thing you can imagine having to tell those closest to you, something like this ... trying to find the words. It's the worst thing I've had to do.

"I think it's almost worse for those close to you because they're trying to look after and protect the person who's poorly, not just physically, but emotionally."

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