SOAP stars are some of the hardest working actors in showbiz as they have to be on screen up to five days a week.
But the hard slog doesn’t stop there for our favourite celebrities, with many of them inspiring viewers to get fit in real life with staggering body transformations.
Here, we delve into some of the most dramatic weight loss journeys from the stars of Emmerdale, Coronation Street, and EastEnders.
Harry Visinoni – Seb Franklin
Fans of Corrie actor Harry Visinoni who played Seb Franklin was left hot under the collar as the star shared incredible transformation photos of his 12kg weight loss.
He shared some topless snaps of his chiselled abs, and wrote: “I’m down 12kg now and feeling stronger than ever.
“It just goes to show that with dedication and hard work, you can make big changes to your life in not much time at all.
“Looking forward to continuing this journey of getting better and stronger.”
Fans were very impressed, with one writing: “You look amazing, beautiful guy!”
Natalie Cassidy – Sonia Fowler
The popular actress, who plays Sonia Fowler in EastEnders, has lived most of her life in the public eye and amazed fans when she shed a staggering three stone.
Many of Natalie’s fans were left asking exactly how she managed to trim down – and drop from a size 16 to a size eight.
The mum-of-two now feels “much more confident and comfortable”, telling The Sun: “I have learnt how to eat and how to be comfortable with who I am.”
And Natalie credits training for the London Marathon for helping her to lose weight.
Katie McGlynn – Sinead Tinker
Katie shed an impressive one stone after feeling “dowdy and frumpy” during her last weeks of filming Coronation Street in 2019.
The actress, who played cancer stricken mum Sinead Tinker, confessed she felt “very down” about her appearance.
She said her hectic schedule and late working hours meant she was often eating unhealthily and not able to go to the gym.
After leaving Corrie, Katie has found she has had more time for a healthy lifestyle.
Her diet now includes nutrient and protein high meals and green, fibre rich veggies.
This includes superset weight workouts targeting compound exercises and bigger muscle groups.
Kate Spencer – Grace Vickers
Corrie’s Kate Spencer lost four stone before joining the ITV soap as Michael Bailey’s ex Grace Vickers.
The actress – who worked at the box office in Derby Theatre before landing a role in Corrie – has revealed she used to be overweight before she discovered a passion for running, boxing and yoga.
Kate, 29, said: “I actually lost four stone about five years ago, partly through training and also eating better.
“I love running, and I did five half-marathons in 2020 – I ran one this morning too! I have the Hamilton soundtrack and Jason Derulo on my running playlist.”
Catherine Tyldesley – Eva Price
The mum sensationally dropped from a size 22 to a size 10, the actress spoke about life before she lost weight.
Catherine told The Mirror: “I took control of my weight, and I slowly and steadily lost more than five stone. I was always the fat, funny friend.
“Along the way, I learned to understand just how important a healthy, balanced diet is. It sparked my huge interest in healthy living and nutrition.”
“It has to be a lifestyle. Diets do not work. Fact. I have done every diet going. I’ll do a big gluten-free pizza with lactose-free cheese. Now that I eat so clean and avoid all junk, I just feel ill when I eat it. We make our own sweet potato chips too as a treat. I’m so rock ’n’ roll aren’t I?”
She lost even more weight thanks to her stint on Strictly Come Dancing.
Sue Cleaver – Eileen Grimshaw
The blonde Coronation Street actress, who plays Eileen Grimshaw in the ITV soap, wowed viewers as she dropped from a size 14 to a 12.
Her secret to losing weight has been going on a Mediterranean diet, which is high in foods that are good for you, and low in naughty foods, such as those with a high sugar content.
It’s high in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, beans, cereals, grains, fish, and unsaturated fats such as olive oil.
This diet has been proven to be beneficial for the heart, even helping to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Jennie McAlpine – Fiz Brown
Jennie plays Fiz Brown in Coronation and has grown up in front of the cameras having joined Corrie in 2001.
She impressed fans when she lost two stone back in 2009 when she was 25 years old, and said at the time: “Ice cream is bad, salad is good – it’s not rocket science!
“If you eat more of the good stuff and take more exercise then you’ll lose weight.”
Alan Halsall – Tyrone Dobbs
Alan dedicated himself to four-hour workouts after his split from wife Lucy Jo-Hudson.
The actor, who plays Tyrone Dobbs in the ITV soap, has been on a big health kick and the Sun Online revealed Alan had been burning more than 4,000 calories during his sessions.
The results of his exercise regime have been clear, as he has shed a noticeable amount of weight and changed his overall body shape.
Colson Smith – Craig Tinker
His on-screen character Craig Tinker is dropping pounds after being bullied by his fellow police officers for poor fitness.
And young soap star Colson Smith looked noticeably slimmer in a slick three-piece suit and trainers at the TRIC Awards in 2020.
But Colson said he actually lost a stone a half after getting food poisoning on holiday in Thailand.
Laura Norton – Kerry Wyatt
The stylish star opened up about being in the public eye and her time on ITV soap Emmerdale, playing troubled Kerry Wyatt.
At her heaviest, Laura consumed an extra 1,700 calories a day – the equivalent of a large pepperoni pizza.
She said would also guzzle two large bottles of Coke daily on set – but is now proud of how far she has come with her fitness.
She said on Lorraine: “Do you know, in the eight years that I have been there, I have never once had a pudding.
“I can’t. It’s just a slippery slope.”
Shayne Ward – Aidan Connor
Shayne Ward said he would be the first in line to tuck to sweet treats when playing Corrie knicker-factory boss Aidan Connor.
However, he ditched his “dad bod” in favour of a sizzling six-pack after leaving the ITV soap.
Shayne enlisted the help of Ultimate Performance personal training and cut his body fat down from 29 per cent to 16 per cent.
The X Factor winner said goodbye to Weatherfield in 2018 but blamed the soap for his expanding waistline.
The heartthrob, who previously piled on THREE stone while starring on Coronation Street, said about his new fitness regime: “I’m happy to not be in that place I was 21 weeks ago.
“I was sluggish, I was stressed and I didn’t really want to do anything.”
Lisa Riley – Mandy Dingle
Lisa overhauled her life after losing 12 stone, saying she no longer drinks alcohol or eats carbs.
The Emmerdale star admitted that even she can have bad days with her diet, saying: “Everyone is bound to have little blips along the way, but don’t see that as failure and a signal to give up – just draw a line under it and move on…
“I had made myself fat by gorging on bread, crisps, crumpets and red wine. Once I accepted responsibility for my health, weight and lifestyle it made it easier to take control. You don’t have to have starter, main and pudding.”
Lisa also previously told the Sun that she used to overcompensate for her large size by trying to be the centre of attention and making everyone laugh.
The star also revealed that she lost a stone in saggy skin alone.
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