Vanishing act: Pauline Quirke’s amazing seven stone weight loss
ONCE portly actress Pauline Quirke has performed a magical vanishing act on her excess pounds.
The Emmerdale star appeared at the tv choice awards seven stone lighter than when she attended the same ceremony at the same time last year.
The scales tipped 19 stone 6lb for her just last Christmas, but a warning from her doctor in January that she was ‘severely obese’ prompted her to do something about it.
In an interview with the Daily Mail last month the actress admitted that she was shocked to discover she was the same size as a sumo wrestler.
“I'd watched a programme about sumo wrestlers a few days before which said one of them tipped the scales at 20 ½ stone,”she said. “I thought, ‘That's a lot of weight.’ “Then, the following week, I got on the scales and they said, 19st 6lb. I thought, ‘That can't be right,’ so got off, got on, got off again, twiddled the knob. It was definitely 19st 6lb.
“I visualised what I wanted from losing weight. First, it was to be healthier and feel better, and then wearing jeans and T-shirts became my thing. I've still got a little way to go. I wanted to lose 8 ½ st.”
The mother-of-two said that she hadn’t weighed herself in years being going on the LighterLife weight loss programme.
“Some people eat because they're lonely or unhappy. I just ate a little too much of everything all the time. I never sat and ate 20 doughnuts, or munched my way through two chocolate bars, but if we went to a restaurant I'd always have a starter, a main course and cheese – lots of cheese. I made the wrong choices for many, many years.”
TV Choice award winners 2011:
Best Food Show: Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals
Best Entertainment Show: Celebrity Juice
Best Drama Series: Being Human
Best New Drama: Sherlock
Best Daytime Show: The Jeremy Kyle Show
Best Game Show: The Cube
Best Family Drama: Doctor Who
Best Reality Show: The Apprentice
Best Talent Show: Britain’s Got Talent
Best Comedy: The Inbetweeners
Best Lifestyle Show: Come Dine With Me
Best Factual Entertainment Show: Top Gear
Best Actor: David Tennant, Single Father
Best Actress: Karen Gillan, Doctor Who
Best Soap Newcomer: Paula Lane (Kylie Platt), Coronation Street
Best Soap Storyline: 50th Anniversary tram crash, Coronation Street
Best Soap Actress: Jessie Wallace, EastEnders
Best Soap Actor: Shane Richie, EastEnders
Best Soap: EastEnders