Lee Evans spotted for first time in two years after retiring from comedy

Lee Evans has been spotted for the first time in two years as he headed out on a run this week, following his retirement from comedy. 

The comedian, 56, was spotted out on a jog this week, where he was seen stopping to have a chat and a laugh with a neighbour who passed by in their car. 

Lee has kept a low profile since stepping away from the spotlight in 2014, choosing to spend more time with his wife Heather Nudds, and their daughter Mollie after so many years of touring. 

He had temporarily come out of retirement in 2018 to star in a run of Harold Pinter’s one-act play Monologue but has remained out of the limelight since. 

Lee and Heather recently celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary and previously said that his decision to retire was sparked by the death of his manager Addison Cresswell at the age of 53 from a heart attack. 

He said during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show in 2014: ‘I am knackered. This is it. Finished. Not doing anything.

‘My manager died last year. Yeah, sorry to get serious. I’m not an ambitious person. 

‘People asked me to do a film, so I did a film. You asked me to come on here, I came on here. I didn’t ask.

‘Addison used to put his arm around me and said, “It’ll all be alright,
I’ll look after you.” It happens in life. People pass away.

‘Doing these arenas, it’s been humbling. We have a great laugh (together,
with the audience). It’s really important, because it doesn’t last long.’

Lee had been one of the UK’s most successful comedians, with his 2008 tour seeing him perform to over 500,000 fans across 59 dates, as well as selling over 1 million copies of his DVD.

He added that he had missed a lot of his daughter’s school plays due to always being on tour and wanted to be with his family more. 

‘I wanna be there. I’ve always said to Little Mo, “I’m sorry I can’t go to the school play cos’ I’ve got to do this work.”

‘Now I can go: “Yeah let’s go and do the stuff we never did.”’

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