Casualty star Leslie Ash’s health battle means she can’t be alone with grandkids (Image: Instagram/BBC)

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Casualty star Leslie Ash has admitted that she won't be able to look after her grandson alone until he is older because of her health struggles.

The 61-year-old actress, who is making a triumphant comeback to Casualty after an 11-year break, recently opened up about how a life-changing injury will continue to impact the rest of her life.

Speaking exclusively to The Mirror, Leslie revealed that she is still in the process of recovering from a spinal infection but it means she won't be able to run after her grandchild.

It came shortly after the Men Behaving Badly star became a grandmother for the first time in April to a gorgeous baby boy called Leo.

Leslie Ash is finally returning to TV screens this year
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The star recently became a grandmother for the first time
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Speaking to The Mirror, Leslie admitted that she had some worries about being able to look after the young tot as he gets older. Over 15 years after she contracted MRSA because of an abscess in her spine, Leslie explained that her mobility is still not how it used to be.

"I am scared. I can’t run and any mother will know that there are scary moments where you have to be able to run after your children to protect them, or stop them doing something," Leslie explained.

"I’ll never be able to be alone with Lucas until he’s a certain age because I couldn’t be fully responsible.

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While she isn't as agile as she would like to be, Leslie is also optimistic that they will still have lots of fun together.

She added: "I also won’t be able to run around and play with him as much as I’d like. That’s what my mum did with my kids. Still, there are plenty of other ways we can have fun."

As well as enjoying lots of time with her growing family, Leslie is finally making a much-anticipated return to Casualty, albeit in quite a different role.

Leslie suffered a life-changing spinal injury in 2004
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The actress became a grandmother for the first time earlier this year
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Leslie's character Vanessa Lytton was originally the chief executive of Holby City and the actress admitted that Vanessa caused quite a stir when she oversaw the hospital.

However, her new role will see Leslie return as a patient in the medical drama and she couldn't be happier at making a comeback to the set.

She has also landed herself a role on Doctors, meaning she has a lot of lines to learn as she gears up for her TV return.

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Leslie added: "It’s lovely to be working again. I suppose, with lockdown, a lot of people have gone through what I went through when I was recovering from my spinal infection.

"You suddenly find yourself at home, not working, and so it’s great to be back."

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