Tim Healy has opened up about his 2016 health scare for the first time, revealing the seriousness of his condition and crediting his son’s music with helping him to recover.
At the time, fans were simply told that Tim had been taken ill in Spain, before being flown to Manchester to receive treatment, and he later returned to filming.
Speaking to The Mirror, he has now said: “There were complications at the hospital and I ended up in intensive care. I was in a coma for days, so obviously I don’t remember any of it.
Tim’s son fronts the band The 1975, and he goes on to reveal the role their music had in his recovery.
“She said that while I was in a coma she kept playing my son’s music to me, she had his album on a loop,” he says. “After a few days I started smiling and then I came round – so my son’s music brought me back to the land of the living.”
Tim has made a series of lifestyle changes since the scare, including giving up smoking and alcohol.
“I’m feeling so much better, I’m on the mend now,” he says. “It’s been a long few months and we’ve really been through the wringer as a family, but we’ve come out the other side and I’m starting to work again.
‘Benidorm’ has been on our screens since 2007, and the 10th series - in which Tim returns as Les - begins airing next Wednesday (1 March).
See the latest trailer below…