Lee Evans: The world famous comedian's quiet life with his wife and daughter in Billericay, Essex

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Article by Ellis Whitehouse: Comedian and Hollywood film star Lee Evans turned 58 earlier this year. The beloved star rose to fame as a stand-up comic, before appearing in hit Hollywood films including Mousetrap, The Magic Roundabout and There's Something About Mary.

However, following a shock retirement announcement in 2014, Lee has since devoted his time to family life in Billericay in Essex - but has still made the odd appearance in the spotlight. Fans and stars from the world of entertainment were shocked when Lee announced his retirement from stand-up comedy in 2014.

During an appearance on the Jonathan Ross show, the host asked Lee how many more tours fans could look forward to seeing in the future - however, the answer was not what Jonathan was expecting to hear. After saying that his career was "finished" and this his 2014 tour was "the end", Lee gave an emotional revelation that the decision had followed the death of his long term manager Addison Cresswell.

Lee chose to retire from comedy to spend more time with his wife Heather Nudds, who he has been married to since September 22, 1984. Originally meeting as teenagers, Lee said that he had spotted Heather on a bus one day, before coincidentally meeting her two weeks later.

"Her mum was dying, and I saw her go by on her way to hospital,"

said Lee to The Guardian.

"And I was talking to a mate in the street, and I said, 'Who's that?' And he went, 'I dunno.' She looked distraught. "And about two weeks later, I met her coincidentally when I went to see this band play - and we got on really well. I made her laugh, I think."

The couple have since been together for more than 38 years and currently live in Billericay. The comedian regularly referenced Heather during his stand-up tours - from discussing shopping trips, to holidays and his home life with audiences around the world.

However despite sharing comedic insights into his personal life, Lee has often gushed about his wife during interviews, describing her to Time Out London as "f*****g lovely, she’s beautiful." Lee and Heather also have one daughter called Mollie, who was born in 1993.

After studying at The Ringling College of Art and Design, Mollie has since stepped into a creative career path of her own, becoming an illustrator and online content creator.

After stepping away from the limelight, Lee Evans has made rare public appearances at film events such as the premiere of Kenny in Liverpool in 2017. He also came out of retirement briefly to star in a charity production of Harold Pinter's Wither Would You Go with fellow comedian Jack Whitehall in the same year, but this was his last onstage performance.

Article by Ellis Whitehouse, EssexLive