18/05/2016 12:37 BST

'Benidorm' Actor Tim Healy To Be Written Out Of Show, Following Illness

He's played Les (and Leslie) since 2010.

‘Benidorm’ actor Tim Healy’s character is to be written out of the show, following his battle with an unknown illness.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Tim had been flown to a hospital in the UK, after taking ill while filming the ITV comedy series on location in Spain.

However, despite an ITV representative assuring fans that Tim was “feeling much better” after being treated by doctors, it has now been confirmed that his character, Les (and his alter-ego, Leslie), will be written out of the show during the upcoming ninth series, which is due to air next year.

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Tim Healy
Tim Healy as Leslie

When his undisclosed illness was first reported, an insider told The Mirror: “Tim has been in a bad way for a while and had to pull out of filming Benidorm. He was in hospital for three and a half weeks, and at one point he was fighting for his life.

“But he was flown to Man­­chester on Saturday and his condition has improved. He’s still in hospital but is making progress. The doctors are keeping a constant eye on him.”

Tim first joined ‘Benidorm’ as Les (and, indeed, Leslie) in 2010, and has since gone on to become one of the show’s most popular characters.

He was previously best known for his leading role in ‘Auf Wiehdersen, Pet’, but has also appeared in ‘Coronation Street’, and, more recently, ‘Still Open All Hours’.

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