Keith Lemon star Leigh Francis gushes over wife Jill Carter with tribute on 30 year anniversary


Keith Lemon star Leigh Francis has shared a gushing tribute to his wife Jill Carter on their 30th anniversary together by posting rare photos of the couple.

The comedian and TV star, 49, has been dating the beauty therapist, 46, since they were teenagers, and eventually tied the knot in 2002 in Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire.

Their 31 October anniversary date meant Leigh’s Instagram post was fittingly spooky, sharing a range of snaps of their Halloween outfits over the years.

Gushing: Keith Lemon star Leigh Francis has shared a gushing tribute to his wife Jill Carter on their 30th anniversary together by posting rare photos of the couple

 

Tribute: Writing to his wife before his 1.7million followers, the Celeb Juice host said: 'Happy anniversary to my most favourite and best!'

Tribute: Writing to his wife before his 1.7million followers, the Celeb Juice host said: ‘Happy anniversary to my most favourite and best!’

Writing to his wife before his 1.7million followers, the Celeb Juice host said: ‘Happy anniversary to my most favourite and best!

’30 years together 19 married! How time flys when ya madly in love!

‘I’ve fed the dog, see ya when I’m back from @gmb love you loads and loads xxx.’

Some of the pictures showed Keith and Jill when they were papped at celebrity events while others showed a more intimate glimpse at their relationship.

One snap showed the two sharing a kiss, while others showed them on date nights or on holiday together. 

Looking back: One snap showed the two sharing a kiss, while others showed them on date nights, parties or on holiday together

Looking back: One snap showed the two sharing a kiss, while others showed them on date nights, parties or on holiday together

Heartfelt: In the post, Leigh added: '30 years together 19 married! How time flys when ya madly in love!'

Heartfelt: In the post, Leigh added: ’30 years together 19 married! How time flys when ya madly in love!’

Leigh’s TV star friends all congratulated the private pair in the comments, with Carol Vorderman leaving a heart emoji beneath the post and Emma Bunton writing: ‘Happy anniversary you gorgeous pair.’

Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh wrote: ‘Happy Anniversary you lovely pair!’ and Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley Roberts similarly added: ‘Aww happy anniversary!!!’

Last year, Leigh gave a rare insight into his romance with Jill, admitting he is ‘punching above his weight’. 

Smile! Loved up: The comedian and TV star, 49, has been dating the beauty therapist, 46, since they were teenagers, and eventually tied the knot in 2002 in Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire

Smile! Loved up: The comedian and TV star, 49, has been dating the beauty therapist, 46, since they were teenagers, and eventually tied the knot in 2002 in Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire

Celeb: Leigh's TV star friends all congratulated the private pair in the comments, with Emma Bunton writing: 'Happy anniversary you gorgeous pair. Xx'

Celeb: Leigh’s TV star friends all congratulated the private pair in the comments, with Emma Bunton writing: ‘Happy anniversary you gorgeous pair. Xx’

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline at his close pal Matt Goss’ intimate Gig at The Bloomsbury Club in London, Leigh told how Jill sees the ‘real him’ and is the one who ‘holds it together’ for their family.

The couple first met when she was 16 and he was 19, with the comedian admitting that people thought their relationship was ‘cringey’.

Looking back on the start of their romance, Leigh reflected that there was ‘nothing wrong with them dating’ as Jill was ‘old enough’, with the couple defying naysayers with their love and are ‘still together today’.

They’ve since gone on to welcome daughters Matilda and Dolly, whom the couple keep out of the public eye.   

Halloween-themed: Their 31 October anniversary date meant Leigh's Instagram post was fittingly spooky, sharing a range of snaps of their Halloween outfits over the years

Halloween-themed: Their 31 October anniversary date meant Leigh’s Instagram post was fittingly spooky, sharing a range of snaps of their Halloween outfits over the years

Good times: The couple first met when she was 16 and he was 19, with the comedian admitting that people thought their relationship was 'cringey'

Good times: The couple first met when she was 16 and he was 19, with the comedian admitting that people thought their relationship was ‘cringey’

Romance: Last year, Leigh gave a rare insight into his romance with Jill, admitting he is 'punching above his weight'

Romance: Last year, Leigh gave a rare insight into his romance with Jill, admitting he is ‘punching above his weight’

Gushing over his stunning wife, Leigh said: ‘When everyone meets her, they say “he is punching”, with the star confessing that it is true as he added: ‘Why would I want to date anyone who looks like me?

‘Everyone should punch above their weight when they are dating!’

Professing his adulation for his spouse of 19 years, the Celebrity Juice star called Jill his ‘rock’ who he ‘loves more everyday’.

And while Leigh continually entertains legions of fans onscreen with his flamboyant alter-ego Keith, the star revealed that at home, Jill knows and loves him for his true self. 

Spooky: The pair have an anniversary on October 31, which calls for plenty of spooky outfits

Ghoolish: The pair are pictured dressed up in ghoolish Halloween outfits

Spooky: The pair have an anniversary on October 31, which calls for plenty of spooky outfits as they celebrate their relationship of 30 years and marriage of 19 years

Joker: Last year, Leigh professed his adulation for his spouse of 19 years, calling Jill his 'rock' who he 'loves more everyday'

Joker: Last year, Leigh professed his adulation for his spouse of 19 years, calling Jill his ‘rock’ who he ‘loves more everyday’

He explained: ‘Everyone thinks that we wake up and the comedy starts but it’s not like that. She sees the real me, the grumpy me.’ 

He went on: ‘She holds it together for in the family, Jill is an amazing woman.’ 

Going on to further heap praise on his partner, the former Bo’ Selecta! star enthused: ‘Jill does everything, she is the best. I love everything about her.

‘She is so special and is a brilliant mum to our kids.’

Private: While Leigh continually entertains legions of fans onscreen with his flamboyant alter-ego Keith, Jill knows and 'loves him for his true self' (pictured in 2018)

Private: While Leigh continually entertains legions of fans onscreen with his flamboyant alter-ego Keith, Jill knows and ‘loves him for his true self’ (pictured in 2018)

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