Former Hollyoaks and Coronation Street actor Andy Newton Lee put in coma after collapsing at wheel of car

Actor Andy Newton Lee has confirmed he had to be placed in a coma after collapsing at the wheel of his car in Los Angeles.

The former Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and Casualty actor was found by a passer-by in his car near his home, and was diagnosed with pneumonia after he was admitted to hospital.

The 38 year old, who was best known for his role as Robbie Flynn in Hollyoaks, was then placed in a coma for a week.

Andy – who starred as a love interest for Maria Connor in Coronation Street – was induced last Thursday, before being brought out of the coma on Wednesday [29 May].

Speaking to Hull Live, Andy said: "I'd just been sleeping next to the ocean in my car, it's nice, it's like being at the Humber Bridge, my dad used to do it.

"I've been really run down and stressed for a bit with my business. I've had a cold and the flu but I thought I was just run down.

"I've done marathons, going to yoga and the gym, flying back to London every second week and burning the candle at both ends."

The actor said he had been suffering a bad cough for six to eight weeks before he began to get severely ill.

"I woke up yesterday morning and felt very erratic but I'm much better today,” he added.


"The care here has been amazing and I feel very lucky.

"It's definitely a wake up call to anyone who has respiratory problems."

Andy says he is now looking forward to getting home, adding: “How long is my recovery? As long as a piece of string, I'm not sure.”

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