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08 Jan 2018

Terminally-Ill Emmerdale Star Leah Bracknell 'Married Long-Term Partner In Secret'

by helen@hitched

Former Emmerdale star Leah Bracknell reportedly married her long-term partner in secret last year after her cancer treatment stopped working.

Leah, who played Zoe Tate for 16 years on the ITV soap, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in October 2016 but revealed in March last year that the treatment had failed.

Image: Facebook/Jez Hughes

According to The Mirror, Leah, 54, decided to quietly tie the knot with her long-term partner, author Jez Hughes, after the news was revealed.

The couple reportedly exchanged vows in a small ceremony at a registry office in Horsham, Sussex.

Jez, 44, has set up a GoFundMe page for his now-wife to raise funds to pay for immunotherapy and integrative medicine treatment at a German clinic. it hits its target of £50,000 within three days and has currently raised over £64,000.

Leah, who has two daughters from a previous marriage, appeared on Lorraine in December and said she was taking a positive approach to her diagnosis despite some people "writing her off".

Image: Facebook/Jez Hughes

"The point is, it’s life and living. I am alive until the point I am not. That for me is the key, not to surrender to something else," she said.

On her GoFundMe page, Leah said she refused to feel sorry for herself.

"My priority is getting well and strong, so that I can continue to endeavour to be a good, mother, daughter, wife, or at least the best I can be. 

"My priority is to defy expectation. 

Image: Twitter/@LeahBracknell

"My priority is to love, to laugh, and, as Bob said, to 'keep on keepin' on'," she wrote.

Leah now works as a yoga teacher and is focusing on alternative therapies to treat her cancer.

Congratulations to Leah and Jez on their marriage! 

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Published 8 Jan 2018 9:29 by helen@hitched
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