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Nov 4

Maxine Peake was happier before weight loss and says she’s lost her ‘armour’ – Mirror Online

She shed 5st in her 20s, but Maxine Peake often wonders if she might have been happier before praising her weight for being armour.

The actress, 46, is still careful about comfort eating, admitting she can spend a couple of days just gorging.

She says: Ill be in the kitchen and I dont realise Ive hoovered up six biscuits and a slice of bread while Im thinking about what to eat for my lunch.

After the first series of Dinnerladies, when Maxine was 15st, she was advised by the shows writer, the late great Victoria Wood, to lose weight to avoid being typecast.

Aged 24, Maxine who played Twinkle in the popular sitcom joined WeightWatchers and lost 5st in nine months.

It was so fast she had to wear a fat suit in the second series.

She told the Her Spirit podcast: I still have the mindset of being a big girl. Sometimes I think, was I happier when I was bigger?. Because its a good protection its a good armour.

I thought Men are not interested because Im big. People say Oh, but youve got a lovely personality.

I lost weight and thought Have I even got an all right personality?.

Maxine plays late Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams in a forthcoming TV drama.

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