Broadcaster Andrew Marr, who suffered a major stroke earlier this year, has credited his wife Jackie Ashley with saving his life.

Marr underwent life-saving treatment after he became ill following an intensive exercise workout at home in January.

He told the Daily Mail: "Jackie saved my life. Without her, I wouldn't be here. It's partly because she fought for me; she was my tireless advocate in the hospital to get the right treatment.

"Jackie was very strongly affected by what happened to me. In many ways, it was much more of a shock for her than it was for me since I hadn't realised how close I was to dying."

Marr added: "She was very brave and very sensitive in not telling me everything until I was stronger. And then she really carried me... the whole experience has brought us more closely together."