“I’ve really enjoyed my time on the show,” adds Lee.“I was deeply honoured to know the role of Lofty was written especially for me.We work from 7am to 7pm on the show then I go home and learn my script for the next day.According to reports today in The Sun newspaper, the decision to end their four year marriage comes after the couple ‘fell out of love’.Rumours that the couple had separated have been rife since April, when Denise opened up about the ‘massive strain’ their relationship was under on ITV’s This Morning, with singer and actor Mead based in LA for work and Denise residing in the UK with their daughter, Betsy.A number of solo appearances by Denise at recent events, including a holiday in Dubai with Betsy, 3, had brought the couple’s relationship under further scrutiny, and it was hard not to see the tension between Denise, 38, and Lee, 31, when they made a show of solidarity at a toy launch last weekend. But it seems the happy ending has gone sour for judge Denise van Outen and the contest's winner Lee Mead after four years of marriage.
He was married to actress Denise van Outen and they have a five-year-old daughter, Betsy.
The pair have been dogged by split rumours for months and despite strenuously denying there was trouble in paradise, it seems they have been battling marriage woes for quite some time.
‘Following continued speculation, Denise Van Outen and Lee Mead are sad to confirm they have decided to separate,’ a joint statement read.
After 600 performances in that role, Lee went to New York where he studied acting at the prestigious Strasberg Institute before heading back to London’s West End for starring roles in Wicked and Legally Blonde.
His mild-mannered, if slightly accident-prone, character, Lofty, won the hearts of Casualty fans who are getting palpitations at the news he is to leave.
The source added to The Sun newspaper: "Lee will still come to the house to look after Betsy because he and Denise still genuinely like each other even though their romantic relationship has broken down."The couple's relationship has been the source of speculation for months after they were barely seen together, with Lee even missing his wife's appearance in the Strictly Come Dancing final last year.