The widower of the former Emmerdale actress, Leah Bracknell, has found love two years after the tragic death of the star.
Leah, who played Zoe Tate on the ITV soap opera for 16 years, was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in 2016.
She later died in September 2019, at the age of 55, after three years of battling the disease, The Mirror reports.
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The star has also played television roles in Judge John Deed, A Touch of Frost, The Royal Today and DCI Banks, as well as on stage and in pantomime.
Leah and her longtime partner Jez Hughes were together for thirteen years before they tied the knot in March 2017, shortly after her diagnosis.
The couple chose to tie the knot after learning that Leah’s cancer was incurable.
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The soap star’s widower has been reported to have been dating Precious Dunlop for over two months.
A source said The sun: “Jez’s friends are thrilled for him and wished them both good luck. It’s been a heartbreaking time losing Leah, but he’s back in a happy place and enjoying life again.”
“My husband is like my rock,” she previously said of Jez. “He’s by my side most of the time. He’s been a great sounding board.
“I think we support each other too. My family is fine. I am not always positive, but I am optimistic.”
Léa was diagnosed in 2016.
In August 2017, it was announced that her targeted biologic therapy had stopped working and that she had survived only on expensive alternative treatments for several months.
Her quest to pursue alternative immunotherapy and integrative medicine treatments in Germany led many to donate for Leah’s treatment.
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Within days, benevolent benefactors had donated £ 50,000.
The Emmerdale actress remained positive about the situation, and in 2019 she confirmed she was in an immunotherapy clinical trial that kept her cancer stable.
However, she passed away in September of the same year and her husband paid tribute to her: “My beloved wife, best friend and soul mate flies free in spirit.
“I was the luckiest man in the world to spend time walking, dancing, laughing, praying, dreaming, singing, drumming, talking, traveling, crying, planning, hoping, loving, running wild, exploring , rebel, forgive, celebrate, play, share secrets at dawn, open hearts, minds and soul – alongside a woman so deep, so powerful, so full of humor, humility , honor, intelligence and love – it is impossible to do justice with the fleeting and fragile power of words. “
“Ali (Leah’s real name) is the bravest person I have ever met and she has faced the past three years of cancer with dignity, grace and light.
“She shone in this world with fire in her heart and water in her soul. The great mystery of existence still visible through her beautiful eyes.
“She has inspired and changed the lives of so many loved ones and strangers.
“Every day I learn more and more of the people she has helped, which brings the warmth of pride and gratitude to have known her into my heart.
“She taught me more than I can understand and we shared more than I ever dreamed possible in this life. More than either of us thought possible.”