Holby City's Lee Mead is forced to spend Christmas alone after testing positive for coronavirus

LEE Mead will be forced to spend Christmas away from daughter Betsy and his girlfriend Issy after testing positive for coronavirus.

The former Holby City actor, 39, discovered he had the virus last week during his final rehearsal for a pantomime in Milton Keynes.

A spokesman for the star told the Mail: "Lee Mead has been struck down with Covid and is now isolating alone for 10 days which means that he will not be in the arms of his girlfriend Issy this Christmas or able to spend time with his daughter Betsy.

"It was for the first Christmas the four of them – Lee, Betsy, Issy and her son Alfie were going to have a blended family Christmas."

The Sleeping Beauty production was closed down when Buckinghamshire was moved into Tier 3 restrictions.

Lee's rep added: "He had regular tests and the one earlier in the week had been clear."

The multi-talented star recently told us that he’s been forced to live off savings after not earning a penny this year because of lockdown.

The singer and West End star had a tour and cruise ship work lined up for 2020, but after the pandemic struck in March everything was cancelled.

He has regrets about quitting his role in the BBC1 medical series Holby City just three months before Covid struck, as it would have kept him in regular work.

The performer, who found fame in the BBC talent show Any Dream Will Do, said: "It’s been a tough year financially, as everything was pulled, including a tour, cruises and corporate work, so I’ve literally had no financial income all year and I’ve pretty much lived off savings.

"I’ve really missed being on stage too, so there have been some low periods."

He added: "It’s been very stressful, I’m not going to lie, but my family and my partner Izzy have been an amazing support.

"They’ve picked me up and helped me through it. I don’t want to sound ungrateful, because we’re healthy and safe and I’ve managed to keep my home.

"I’ve got friends in a less fortunate position that haven’t had savings and have lost everything and are living back with their parents," the stage star shared.

"And the positive has been that I’ve got to spend lots of time together with Issy, my daughter Betsy and my stepson Alfie, so I feel very lucky."

Prior to lockdown, Lee had spent five years playing kind nurse Ben 'Lofty' Chiltern, first in Casualty and then in Holby City, but he left a year ago.

He said: "I felt there wasn't much more I could give the character.

"I had some amazing storylines and did some great stuff, so it felt natural to move on, but I slightly regretted it, because the plan was to go into this year doing a tour, and lots of work and concerts and sing live again and then in March the lockdown hit, so I literally couldn’t do any of the shows."

Before contracting coronavirus, Lee had recorded his first-ever festive single In My Arms for Christmas. 

He said: "I've always wanted to release a Christmas song, and when it came up, the song felt very fitting, given the awful year we have all had.

"It’s a feel-good song about being with your loved ones at Christmas."

The video for the single also features Lee’s postman Dad Stephen, as a tribute to the key workers who have kept the country running during the pandemic.

Lee, who shares ten year-old daughter Betsy, with his ex-wife, TV presenter Denise van Outen, had planned on spending Christmas Day this year with Issy, Betsy and Issy’s seven-year old son Alfie.

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