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Dawn French, star of The Vicar of Dibley and French and Saunders and all round British cultural treasure, has been speaking at length about the factors that lead to her recent four-and-a-half stone (that’s 63 pounds) weight loss.
She appeared on the ITV show This Morning yesterday to promote her first novel, A Tiny Bit Marvellous, and of course the first thing Philip Schofield wanted to know was the how and why of her sudden lurch into a healthier lifestyle.
Holding nothing back, Dawn said: ”I think when you’re over 50 you have to pay attention to your health a bit. I want to be there for my kid and I’ve got quite a lot of exciting adventures that I want to do.
“I had just ballooned up more than I had wanted to but you can always address it. You just have to eat less and walk more – that’s what I’m doing.”
She also admitted that, after her marriage to comedian Lenny Henry ended last year, she was finding the transition into singledom quite strange: “Who knows what will happen with me? I’ve been married for such a long time so the last thing I want is to be at the moment is to be in a great big relationship.
“Even the word dating I just find repulsive because suddenly it makes me feel like a teenager and I’m not a teenager. I can’t even think about it in those terms but I’m having some fun, that’s what I’m doing.”
She concluded: “I’m doing the opposite to what I’ve done for the last thirty years and just taking life as it comes.”
So, walking and eating less. Does it work? Tell us here.
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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