Tim Healy written out of new Benidorm series after falling ill in Spain

Benidorm actor Tim Healy has been written out of the ninth series of the hit show while he recovers from an undisclosed illness.

The 64-year-old reportedly had been fighting for his life when he fell ill almost a month ago during filming in Spain.

Tim Healy arriving for the 2012 NTA Awards at the O2
(Anthony Devlin/PA)

He was flown home to a hospital in Manchester on Saturday after his condition had stabilised enough for him to travel.

A spokesman for the ITV show said: "Tim won't be appearing in episodes whilst he rests and gets better."

His former wife, Loose Women star Denise Welch, is said to have flown to visit him in Spain during his illness, while his new wife Joan was at his side.

Denise Welch and Tim Healy arrive for the TV Quick and TV Choice awards 2008
With Denise in 2008 (Yui Mok/PA)

At the time, an ITV spokesman said: "Tim is feeling much better after his spell in hospital and all the Benidorm cast and crew wish him a healthy recovery in his own time.

"Filming schedules have been adjusted to accommodate Tim's absence on screen, the show is currently mid-way through filming the new series which will air (in) 2017."

Tim, who comes from Newcastle upon Tyne, has played the cross-dressing character of Les/Lesley in Benidorm since 2010.

File photo of Tim Healy
Richard Sellers/PA)

He found fame in Geordie comedy Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, and more recently has appeared as Gastric in Still Open All Hours, opposite Sir David Jason.

He and Welch were married for 24 years before divorcing in 2012.

They have two sons, one of whom is Matt Healy, the singer of rock band The 1975.

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