Leslie Ash has sent out a warning to those who are considering getting lip fillers, after her own distressing experience with a botched procedure two decades ago.
The 61-year-old actress, who is returning to screens in BBC drama Doctors this year, was left with a permanently altered appearance when, at 40, she got lip injections.
And in a new interview with The Sun, the Men Behaving Badly star warned other to exercise caution, as she said: ‘The only thing I’d say to people is: Do your homework.’
Warning: Leslie Ash has sent out a warning to those who are considering getting lip fillers, after her own distressing experience with a botched procedure two decades ago
Speaking about her fillers, she said at the time: ‘This man-made plastic silicone has been injected into me, gone into the muscles around my mouth and become hard. I had steroid injections which helped soften it a bit but it won’t ever go away.’
Elsewhere in her interview, the star spoke about the effects of taking antidepressants, which she took after cracking two of her ribs after falling off the bed while having sex with her husband Lee Chapman back in 2004.
While in hospital, she contracted a ‘deadly strain’ of the MRSA superbug because of an abscess that had developed in her spinal column.
She said: ‘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.’
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, reported The Sun on Friday
The reported new 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.
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
‘I’m still recovering. The amount of work you put in, that’s what you get out. I normally take a stick if I’m going on the tube or Christmas shopping.’
Leslie was admitted to hospital in April 2004 after suffering two cracked ribs after falling off her bed during a love-making session with her husband.
She contracted MSSA, which, unlike superbug MRSA, does respond to standard antibiotic treatment.
However, she still struggled with her recovery as she continued: ‘I was on antidepressants, I was on very strong painkillers – and I had this feeling if I came off the painkillers I’d be in incredible pain.
‘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.
‘I thought as soon as I get back on my feet, I’ll be able to work again. The industry sort of finished with me, it’s horrible.’
She added: ‘I’ll be doing it [acting] until I pop my clogs. I knew right from the start the industry I was getting into was hard.
‘I want to be involved in the industry. All my years, I’ve always been interested in directing, producing.’
When asked if she would like to act again, she said: ‘Of course, I love acting. I still do. I’ve just done Holby City. I do little bits but I will never, ever have the career I had before, I realise that.’
‘Rebuilding her career’: It will mark the actress’ first major acting role since 2010 as she claimed in a 2019 interview that the entertainment industry is ‘finished’ with her