Acting legend admits he regrets Amanda Holden affair that destroyed marriage

Neil Morrissey has suggested he regrets his affair with Britain's Got Talent beauty Amanda Holden, after it caused the breakdown of her marriage to Les Dennis.

The two television stars had a short-lived affair, with their romance being exposed in 2000. Since then, Neil has spoke of it a couple of times, with his most recent time making his stance clear.

The 61-year-old has appeared on Line Of Duty actor Martin Compson's podcast, Restless Natives, and brought it up. He was asked to share three pieces of life advice with listeners.

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He said: "Don't p*** into the wind. A gentleman's socks should always match his shoes."

He finished by saying: "Don't f*** a game-show host's wife." His frank confession caused Martin to burst out laughing.

Amanda fell for Les in 1993, when she was 22 and he was 40. They had both been appearing in a production of The Sound Of Music.

They tied the knot two years later, but it broke down when it was revealed she had been having an affair with Neil in 2000. She would later suggest she was missing "love and affirmation".

Amanda said previously: "I terribly want children but I didn't want to have them with Les. That's a horribly brutal thing to say, but when you do, you know you have to move on."

She added: "I found the fall from grace incredibly hard to deal with. I can't bear not to be liked. Then I had an affair and overnight turned into this awful person.

"There are no hard feelings with Les. I wish him the best, but we've both moved on. I don't believe women have affairs for no reason. Women don't seek sex – we seek love and affirmation."

Neil has also addressed the affair in the past. He spoke of it in 2014 on Piers Morgan's Life Stories.

He said: "There were some hateful things that were said in the papers but you know how it turns out — it should be tomorrow’s fish and chip paper. But people are still going on about it."

Amanda is now happily married to television producer Chris Hughes, with the couple sharing daughters Lexi and Hollie. Neil was previously married to actress Amanda Noar, though they divorced in 1991.

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