Lee Mead has denied reports that his marriage to actress and TV presenter Denise Van Outen is on the rocks.

Speaking to Closer magazine the West End star – who has a three-year-old daughter, Betsy, with Denise – said that while life was sometimes tough for the couple they were very much together.

“Things are good and on track,” Lee said.

“Like any couple with a young child it’s tough, but we’re in a great place right now and any rumours to the contrary are just not true. We’re together and very happy.”

His remarks come after Denise admitted the last few months had been challenging due to Lee being away seeking work in the US and her taking part in Strictly Come Dancing.

“Den was doing Strictly over Christmas and I was in panto until the end of January. Then I headed out to LA for the whole of March,” Lee said.

“You can’t just go to LA and expect the jobs to come to you. No one knows who I am there and I’m not expecting it to happen overnight.

He added: “I missed my family, obviously. But it’s part of the job.

“If I was to land a part in a film then I could be away for two or three months at a time. It would be very hard, but that’s what actors go through.”