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Leslie Ash for I'm A Celeb?

Leslie Ash could appear on the latest season of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

The former Men Behaving Badly star has been hit with severe health problems over the last 11 years. She was hospitalised after cracking two ribs and puncturing a lung in 2004 and afterwards it was announced she had contracted a strain of MRSA which might have meant she couldn't walk. Leslie was seen in a wheelchair but did manage to walk again, although it's claimed show bosses want to be sure she is well enough to handle a stint in the jungle.

"While Leslie can walk again, she still sometimes uses a stick because of some balance issues which might rule her out of some challenges," an insider told British newspaper The Sun.

“Bosses are currently seeing people about this year’s series and Leslie would be a great contestant if it could be made to work.”

Leslie sued the hospital which treated her and received an out of court settlement of £5 million, the biggest of any such claim at the time.

She has spoken out about what happened to her, saying it was like the "rug had been pulled" from under her.

"I had a career, a family. Then all of a sudden I was in a wheelchair learning how to walk again," she told British newspaper The Mirror in 2010.

"I understand when people look at my illness and go on about the money. It looked like I'd won the Lottery. But I had to fund the rest of my life and make sure I could look after myself and my family."

The 55-year-old star has also campaigned for more disabled actors to be seen on TV.

Last month she spoke about how well she is doing now, revealing she felt well enough to stop taking anti-depressants. She uses things like Pilates and yoga to strengthen her body, with her husband Lee Chapman and sons pushing her to get back on screen.

"They would like to see me get back to work because I’m a pain in the neck really when I’m not working," she laughed to UK TV host Lorraine.

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