British actress/singer Martine McCutcheon is planning to relaunch her music career after an absence of more than 10 years.

The Love Actually star turned to music in the late 1990s and scored a huge hit with her 1999 single Perfect Moment, and she went on to release three albums.

She has not released any new music since 2002, and her career has petered out in recent years as she secretly battled depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.

MCCutcheon, who was declared bankrupt in February (13), has now confirmed she is putting her health troubles behind her and relaunching herself as a singer.

She is back in the studio working with her musician husband Jack MCManus, and hopes to release a new album later this year (13), telling Britain's The Sun, "Despite everything, I have a really exciting future ahead of me. I had a chance to miss it, when I was lying there (sick) thinking, 'I would love to sing or write a song again'... Jack has been writing some amazing songs for me. There have been a hell of a lot of things to write about. A big comeback concert is being organised this year... I want to get up there and sing again... I feel like I am starting a whole new novel of my life."