TV presenter Andrew Marr has revealed how he was on the brink of death twice after suffering a stroke earlier in the year.

The 53-year-old, who fronts his own self-titled Sunday morning show on BBC One, revealed that on two occasions he was so ill that his wife Jackie was told to prepare for the worst.

“I wouldn’t know this until later, but Jackie was twice given the clear impression I was a goner,” said Marr, speaking about his illness for the first time.

“If I was very lucky, I would be a vegetable, unable to move, see, hear or speak.”

“She saved my life,” Marr added. “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.”

The presenter suffered the stroke following a heavy exercise session in January – but initially thought he was suffering from a bad migraine and did not seek help until his symptoms worsened the next day.

He later admitted that a heavy workload had contributed to his illness, confessing that he had been ‘overdoing things’.

Marr, who is currently undergoing physiotherapy to improve stroke damage to his left arm and leg, has said he hopes to return to broadcasting in the future.