Lee Evans was seen in public for the first time in nearly a year on Wednesday en route to a bike ride in Essex, seven years after retiring from showbiz.
The comedian, 57, cut a casual figure in a black polo shirt and dark gray trousers as he enjoyed a ride on his electric bike in the rare sighting.
Lee shocked fans in 2014 when he announced he was quitting stand-up comedy to spend more time with his wife Heather Nudds and their daughter Mollie.
Rare sighting: Lee Evans was seen in public for the first time in nearly a year on Wednesday en route to a bike ride in Essex, seven years after retiring from showbiz
The star looked content and relaxed as he was working out on his bike, adding a blue cap, black trainers and sunglasses to his sporty look.
Lee also didn’t wear his wedding ring during his solo outing.
The MouseHunt actor was last seen in public when he went for a run in Essex last September, days after his 37th wedding anniversary.
Out and about: The comedian, 57, cut a casual figure in a black polo shirt and dark gray trousers as he enjoyed a ride on his electric bike in the rare sighting
The Life and Career of Lee Evans
1964: Lee was born in Bristol to Irish mother Shirley and Welsh father Dave
1975: The family moves to Essex
Late 70s: Lee moves to Yorkshire to become drummer in punk rock band The Forgotten Five
1981: Lee meets Heather at a fair in Billericay
1983: The couple is getting married
the 90’s: Lee becomes famous for his energetic performances.
1993: He won the Perrier Comedy Award for his work at the Edinburgh Festival
1995: Lee makes his acting debut in Funny Bones and stars in The Fifth Element and Mouse Hunt two years later
2004: He makes his debut in Endgame and The Producers
2005: Lee broke the world record for a solo act performing in front of the largest comedy audience – 10,108 people at the Manchester Arena
2008: During his major tour, he performed in front of more than 500,000 people on 59 dates. The DVD of the tour has sold 1 million copies
2011: His record-breaking 67-date UK Roadrunner tour sells 911,000 DVDs and 733,000 tickets. The tour raises £12.9 million
2014: Lee announces his retirement
The recent outing marks the first time Lee has been seen in public for quite some time, with the exception of last year’s run.
The comedian briefly came out of retirement in 2018 to appear in the play Pinter Three while appearing in the play Wither Would You Go? the year before.
Also in 2017, he walked the red carpet at the film premiere of the film Kenny in Liverpool, but this is where his time in the spotlight was limited.
Lee confirmed his retirement from stand-up comedy while performing on The Jonathan Ross Show in 2014.
During the show, he told Jonathan that the death of his manager, Addison Cresswell, had “put things in perspective.”
He said, ‘I don’t know, I’ve come to a crossroads in my life where – forgive me, it sounds very narcissistic – I’ve done musicals and plays and movies and get up and you get to a certain point where you go “I don’t know what to do next.”‘
He added: ‘I want to see my wife, she deserves my time, I have worked hard.’
Ross asked how long he planned to continue doing his job, to which he replied, “I’m devastated. This is it…
‘Finished. This is the end. I do nothing.’
Lee continued: “All I’ve ever done is work and Addison always put his arm around me and said, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll take care of you. It’s okay’…
“My dad always told me, ‘You have to get to work,’ so I was constantly working and doing comedy tours.
“I think I’ve ignored my wife for far too long, and I want to spend a lot more time with her.”
According to The Richest, Lee has a net worth of around £5.6 million.
His tours regularly broke records, with his major tour in 2008 where the star performed in front of more than 500,000 people on 59 dates. The DVD of the tour sold 1 million copies.
His love: The comedian announced in 2014 that he was quitting stand-up comedy, citing a desire to spend more time with his wife Heather Nudds and their daughter Mollie (the couple, pictured in 2011)
Reason: Lee said of his retirement: ‘I want to visit my wife, she deserves my time, I worked hard’ (photo on the Jonathan Ross show in 2014)
In 2011, his record-breaking 67-date UK Roadrunner tour sold 911,000 DVDs and 733,000 tickets.
The tour raised a dazzling £12.9 million.
He also starred in numerous films, including mega-hit The Fifth Element and There’s Something About Mary.
Success: His tours regularly broke records, with his big tour in 2008 where the star performed in front of more than 500,000 people on 59 dates. The DVD of the tour sold 1 million copies (pictured in 2008)
Long career: Lee had a very successful, long-running career spanning over 25 years (pictured on The Hippodrome Show in 1989)