Ashley Jensen has said she didn’t think her husband was capable of taking his own life at the inquest into his death.
Terence Beesley took his own life last November at the age of 60.
He was found at the couple’s home in Camerton, near Bath, on the afternoon of 30 November. Emergency services were called to the house and attempts were made to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ms Jensen, who identified herself as Ashley Beesley to responding officers, told Avon Coroner’s Court that she called the emergency services when she found her husband of 10 years.
The Extras actress had last spoken to Terence via text and email that afternoon.
The 48-year-old said in a statement: ‘I was extremely shocked by what happened that night and I will never ever forget it.
‘Terry and I had been together for 18 years but I had no idea he was capable of what he did.’
Coroner Peter Harrowing ruled that Mr Beesley’s death was a suicide.
He said: ‘There is no evidence that I have heard to indicate why Mr Beesley took the act that he did but in any event it is not my function to answer the question why Mr Beesley might have taken that act.
‘Mr Beesley knew that his wife and young child were not at the house and he would not be disturbed… I am satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Beesley made a deliberate act.’
The court heard that his medical cause of death was carbon monoxide toxicity.
Mr Beesley’s GP Dr Sam Robinson said that the actor – who starred in ITV’s Victoria – had no past history of mental health issues.
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Ashley and Terence met while acting in a production of King Lear at Manchester’s Royal Exchange in 1999.
They tied the knot in Big Sur, California, in January 2007, in a ceremony only attended by the minister and their dog Barney, who acted as ring-bearer.
They went on to welcome their son Francis in October 2009.