Actress Lorraine Stanley, who plays Karen Taylor in EastEnders, has shed 12lbs in six weeks after ditching carbs.
The costume department may soon have to go shopping for some new outfits for her character after she swapped packets of crisps for boiled eggs and plenty of fish.
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She told Lorraine stand-in host Carol Voderman on Wednesday’s show (May 29): “I’ve lost 12lbs in six weeks. My mate Louise Appel is my fitness guru, she talks about nutrition.
“I’ve eaten a lot of boiled eggs, a lot of fish, a lot of chicken. No more crisps, no carbs.
“I’m enjoying it and I feel better for it.”
The star also confessed playing confident Karen can sometimes be a challenge.
“It’s hard watching myself,” she admitted. “Obviously [Karen] wears tight-fitted clothes, I cover all my curves, and she’s got no shame. It’s quite difficult.”
Away from Albert Square, Lorraine – who is up for the Best Actress award at the British Soap Awards this weekend – has swapped London for the Hertfordshire countryside air.
She admitted her house move was partly down to crime rates in the Big Smoke.
When asked if she moved because of knife crime, she said: “It’s a lot of things … fresher air, better schools, less crime in general.
“It’s a big move and I feel great. It’s lovely there.”
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The 42-year-old actress has praised Kathy Burke for having a “great impact” on her career, admitting she felt hopeful she could become an actress after watching the star’s performance in 1997 drama movie Nil By Mouth, which features EastEnders actress Laila Morse (‘Big’ Mo Harris) and her brother Gary Oldman.
She added: “I watched Nil By Mouth years and years ago.
“I never thought I could be an actor and I watched that and thought she’s from the ilk, and she completely inspired me.
“She’s probably sick of me saying it, but she really did, she had a great impact on my career.”
Lorraine is currently at the centre of a heartbreaking storyline after Dinah Wilson took her own life.
Karen has been trying hard to support Dinah’s daughter, Bailey, through the pain of losing her mother, and it’s resulted in some emotional scenes, with fans calling for young Kara-Leah Fernandes, who plays Bailey to win awards.
EastEnders is on Monday and Friday at 8pm and Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.
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