Coronation Street star reveals how she dropped from a size 22 to a size 10

She went from size 22 to size 10 and landed her dream role as sex bomb Eva Price on Coronation Street, but Catherine Tyldesley admits she still has body issues after losing 4st 2lb.

Posing naked for Now in August 2011, Catherine talks cellulite, extreme diets and why she’ll never be skinny…

You’ve gone from a 14st 7lb ‘funny fat actress’ to naked shoots in Now: can you believe it?

No, I can’t and I’m very nervous about today.

I’m not a bikini girl, more a one-piece under a kaftan.

Obviously I’m very proud of my weight loss, but I’ve still got body issues, like my stretchmarks and my stomach.

Compared to what I was when I was a teen, I’ve got nothing to complain about.

I can walk and talk, I’ve got all my limbs, I’m healthy… so at the end of the day, what’s a stretchmark?

How did you do it?

I tried all the fad diets and even the revolting cabbage diet.

The only thing that worked was healthy eating and exercise.

I re-educated myself about food with the help of a nutritionist.

What made you get serious?

I was auditioning to play Rizzo in Grease and the director laughed and said: ‘No, you’ll always be the fat, funny friend’

If I met him again I’d thank him for giving me a kick up the backside.

Is there a lot of pressure to be thin in your industry?

So many people have eating disorders, just living on grapes.

I support a healthy body image.

Were you bullied at school?

No, because I was the fat, funny one.

I was master of jokes at my expense.

Are you happy with your current weight?


I don’t ever want to be skinny.

I like curves.

I’m size 10-12 and 10st 5lb – size 14 in winter.

I’m so happy that I can buy clothes where my friends shop.

At my biggest I was wearing size 22 tops.

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