British actor Leslie Phillips has vowed to bounce back after suffering a stroke earlier this month (Aug14). The 90-year-old Carry On star was hospitalised after falling ill during a bus journey in north London with his wife, and he is currently recovering at a specialist stroke centre.
Phillips has now spoken out to assure fans the stroke was fairly mild, and he is hoping to make a good recovery.
He tells Britain's Sunday Mirror newspaper, "I'm too young to pop off (die) just yet. I've got everything to live for."
The star is expected to spend another month under the care of doctors.
His wife Zara adds, "Leslie's got a strong constitution; he's a fighter, and while he isn't in too good a shape at the moment, he's a little bit grumpy today which I look upon as a good sign. It tells me he's on the road to recovery. I'm 100 per cent hopeful of him making a full recovery and of being able to take him back home."
British actor Leslie Phillips has been hospitalised following a stroke earlier this month (Aug14). The Carry On star, 90, fell ill during a bus journey in London and his wife Zara called an ambulance.
She says, "Leslie suddenly started leaning on me and was unable to put a ticket in his coat pocket. He had terrible pains in his left arm so I stopped the bus and called an ambulance... He kept saying to me 'don't make a fuss' but I knew he was unwell and needed urgent help."
He was taken to a hospital in the capital and has since been transferred to a specialist stroke centre. He is in a stable condition but is expected to spend at least a month at the facility.
Zara adds, "Leslie is very strong and I'm sure he will pull through. I love him to bits and I know his millions of fans will want to wish him well for the future."
Phillips married Zara, his third wife, in December (13). Their honeymoon was cancelled so he could have a non-cancerous growth removed from his nose.
Tom Cruise surprised revellers at a horse racing event in England when he showed up on Ladies' Day. The Mission: Impossible star donned a grey suit, blue tie and sunglasses to visit the famous Glorious Goodwood racecourse near Chichester, England on Thursday (31Jul14).
He posed with guests and mingled with royalty, including Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Zara Phillips.
Cruise received a special welcome to the races by the British Army's Yorkshire Regiment band, which played the theme tune to his famous action movie. He is currently filming the fifth instalment of the franchise in London.
Cruise even presented the Magnolia Cup trophy to English supermodel Edie Campbell, who rode the winning horse in the ladies' charity race.
Zara Phillips' rugby star husband Mike Tindall has announced his retirement from the sport. The player, who was part of England's World Cup-winning team in 2003, married Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter in 2011 and they became first-time parents earlier this year (14).
Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Zara Phillips has given birth to a baby girl. The British royal welcomed her first child, a daughter, on Friday (17Jan14) at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in Gloucester, England.
The baby, whose name has yet to be announced, weighed in at seven pounds, 12 ounces (3.2 kilograms), and Phillips' husband, rugby player Mike Tindall, was by her side for the birth.
A statement from the royal family reads, "Mrs Michael Tindall today safely delivered a baby girl at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Mr Tindall was present at the birth. The weight of the baby was seven pounds, 12 ounces... The baby's name will be confirmed in due course."
The little girl's great-grandparents, the Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, are "delighted" by the news, according to the statement. The baby is 16th in line to the throne.
Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Zara Phillips is set to become the first member of the royal family to feature in a video game. The equestrian, 32, will appear in an online game for horse lovers, in which she will offer tips on how to look after virtual-reality steeds.
British actor Leslie Phillips has cancelled his honeymoon after doctors booked him in for surgery to remove a growth from his nose. The Carry On star, 89, married social worker Zara Carr in London on Friday (20Dec13) but has now revealed their post-wedding vacation was called off so medics could investigate a large facial lump.
Phillips is preparing to undergo surgery to remove the growth, but is relieved after medics discovered it to be non-cancerous.
He tells Britain's Sunday Mirror newspaper, "We won't be going straight away because I'll be in hospital. I have to get this thing removed. Thank God, it isn't cancer. It just looks rather awful at the moment but I am getting that sorted. We have been for all the appointments and the next part will be in a couple of weeks."
The couple will jet off for a sunshine break in Ibiza, Spain after the operation.
He adds, "I own a house in Ibiza where we will go. That will be the honeymoon really."
British actor Leslie Phillips has married for the third time at the age of 89. The former Carry On funnyman tied the knot with his fiancee, social worker Zara Carr, at a registry office in Mayfair, London on Friday (20Dec13), in front of just two witnesses.
The bride and groom, who appeared to have a growth on his nose, then celebrated the union with 40 friends and family for a blessing at a church near the star's home.
The ceremony took place less than a week after becoming engaged - Phillips proposed to Carr, 50, following the death of his friend Peter O'Toole last Saturday (14Dec13).
He said, "I realised I don't have much time and want to make the most of it. Zara is a wonderful woman, who not only looks good but has an amazing brain. I love her very much."
Phillips was previously married to Bond girl Angela Scoular, who committed suicide, aged 65, in April, 2011. He originally met Carr over 10 years ago, but they bonded as she helped him overcome Scoular's death.
The star split from his first wife, Penny Bartley, in 1965.
British actor Leslie Phillips is set to marry again at the age of 89. The funnyman proposed to his girlfriend, social worker Zara Carr, following the death of his friend Peter O'Toole on Saturday (14Dec13).
He says, "I realised I don't have much time and want to make the most of it. Zara is a wonderful woman, who not only looks good but has an amazing brain. I love her very much."
Phillips' wedding plans come two years after his second wife, Bond girl Angela Scoular, committed suicide aged 65 in April, 2011.
The star split from his first wife, Penny Bartley, in 1965.
Katherine Jenkins and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa kicked off Queen Elizabeth II's coronation anniversary celebrations by performing for the British monarch at Buckingham Palace on Thursday night (11Jul13). The royal is marking 60 years since she was crowned Queen by hosting a four-day festival at her official London residence, Buckingham Palace, and the event was launched on Thursday with a night of music and dance.
The two opera stars were among the performers, along with dancers from English National Ballet, while the Queen and her family were in the audience.
Charles, Prince of Wales was in the royal box, along with the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips, who made her first public appearance since announcing her pregnancy this week (beg08Jul13).
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who is due to give birth imminently, was notably absent, along with her husband, Prince William, who is currently in Wales on duty for his job as a search and rescue helicopter pilot.
When asked about the impending birth, Prince Charles told reporters at the event, "Well, it won't be long now," while his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, added, "Yes, we are very excited, immensely looking forward to it and waiting for the phone call."
Following her performance, Jenkins wrote in a post on her Twitter.com page, "Such an incredible night. Loved the finale with (choir) Only Boys Aloud - great to sing with you again!"
Other artists on the festival bill include Katie Melua, The Feeling and Russell Watson.