Leah Bracknell’s widower Jez Hughes finds love after Emmerdale star dies with Precious Dunlop


Emmerdale star’s widower, Leah Bracknell, has found love again two years after his wife died from lung cancer.

Jez Hughes, 47, of East Sussex, was married to the actress best known for playing Zoe Tate until her death from lung cancer at the age of 55 in September 2019.

He told friends he’s been in a relationship with Precious Dunlop since April, with the beloved couple enjoying traveling together and describing themselves as a “power couple” on Instagram.

Jez has told his friends he’s been in a relationship with Precious Dunlop since April, with the beloved couple enjoying traveling together and describing themselves as a “power couple” on Instagram.

A source said The sun: ‘Jez’s friends are delighted for him and wished them both good luck. It has been a heartbreaking time losing Leah, but he’s back in a happy place and enjoying life again.

Precious describes herself as a “shamanic practitioner”. She runs her own business called “Spirit Yourself”.

She conducts drum circles, fire ceremonies, sweat lodges, women’s circles, shamanic sound baths, and healings, among other rituals.

Leah and Jez tied the knot in a small ceremony in 2018. Last year Jez appeared on Loose Women where he suggested the couple have a long-distance relationship as they reside in another shamanic world.

He said, “Her mind is more alive than ever… She’s in a different world. We’ve done long distance before.

“Now it’s more distant, but that doesn’t mean death is a defining end. I understand that we operate in different realms and places.

Jez Hughes, 47, was married to the actress best known for playing Zoe Tate until her death of lung cancer at the age of 55 in September 2019. Photographed together

Jez Hughes, 47, was married to the actress best known for playing Zoe Tate until her death of lung cancer at the age of 55 in September 2019. Photographed together

Leah, who also starred in A Touch of Frost, The Royal Today and DCI Banks, was diagnosed in September 2016 after rapid weight gain around her abdomen and shortness of breath prompted her to see a doctor.

During her treatment, the media personality married her longtime partner Jez in a quiet ceremony in a Grade II listed Georgian building in Horsham, West Sussex.

Jez previously said he felt “deep sorrow and pain” when she died: “Sorrow is like a monster that brings a lot of its companions like anger and pain. It’s like being physically assaulted. , pain.

He said over time the pain he was feeling became a bit more manageable, explaining, “The intervals between grief are getting longer. You feel normal, laugh and smile, reliving your life, which brings on other things like guilt.

“It can hit you suddenly, going from completely normal, and then it hits you.

“Over time you come back to a sense of normalcy, so when you are in grief it’s almost harder.”

He continued, “Grieving is about finding beauty, life can be cruel and cancer is cruel. To be on a path of mourning is to find the beauty that is there.

“I think that’s what Allie faced with cancer, she found the beauty and the laughter and the love.”

Jez would be 'delighted' to have found love with Precious (pictured)

Jez would be ‘delighted’ to have found love with Precious (pictured)

He also revealed that he watched older episodes of the soap opera to feel connected to his wife, saying, “It helps me connect with her. Yes, that was before I knew her, but obviously, it meant so much to her.

“It’s important to connect with that part of her. There are times, if there’s an emotional scene in the program, I know those moments, I know those facial expressions, that touch somewhere deep inside me.

Before her death, Leah described how she had an “attitude of gratitude” during her battle with cancer.

She has spoken often about her cancer treatment, sharing her experiences in a blog and through interviews.

In the months leading up to her death, she wrote “The Cancer Rebel Manifesto for Life” to “reject the notion of being a victim”.

In it, she said: “I rebel against the fear of cancer, against the pity of others and myself, against being defined by cancer and against bullying by cancer.”

In her last interview in August 2019, she said she would not “let herself live in fear”, adding that she “was just going to have a good life”.

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