Turning 60 can feel like a milestone, and Birds of a Feather star Linda Robson has celebrated with a two stone weight loss! The actress and Loose Women presenter has now revealed that the secret behind her slim figure is giving up sugar.
The 60-year-old has shown off her new size 12 figure in a swimming costume photo that she popped on social media, and doesn't she look great?
At the start of the year she vowed to cut out both sugar and alcohol from her diet - although admitted cutting her nightly glass (or two!) of wine would be a hard habit to break. Her healthy regime was all in aid of avoiding diabetes, as she wants to be able to play an active role as a grandma to her two young grandchildren.
Why Linda won't strip off in front of her husband
Despite her dramatic weight loss, Linda Robson has admitted to the Daily Mirror that she won't take her clothes off for husband of 28 years, Mark Dunford, even though he doesn't want the Loose Women star to lose anymore weight.
"Yes, there's still parts of my body I don't like - like my flabby tummy ... I still wouldn't take my clothes off in front of my husband. That's not in my nature to do that. I still go to the bathroom put my nightie on. I'm never going to do it. We come from a Catholic background we don't strip off in front of each other."
Following the amazing response to her swimsuit picture above, Linda couldn't believe it.
"I have lots of veins but my legs look really good in that picture, so I decided to post it. I've just turned 60 and I feel better and fitter than I did at 50. And I'm really proud."
Is Loose Women damaging Linda's career?
Birds of a Feather star Linda Robson is worried that her job on the Loose Women panel is stopping her from getting serious acting roles.
The actress has been part of the lunchtime ITV chat show since 2012, and is also a regular on the reality show scene, taking part in various programmes from I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! to controversial road trip Gone to Pot. She’d now love a part in a gritty drama, but has spoken of her concerns that she’s not taken seriously.
“I'd really like to do some more acting, particularly drama,” she told the TV Times. “When you do a show like Loose Women or reality shows like Gone To Pot, which I did recently, people see you as more of a celebrity than an actress and you stop getting offered those jobs. I'd really like to be in something like Marcella or Victoria - I could be one of the servants."
She is, of course, best known for her role as Tracey Stubbs in the much-loved sitcome Birds of A Feather. The series started on BBC One in 1989 and ran for nine years. After popular demand, it was revived in 2014 on ITV and is still going strong. It made household names of Linda, Pauline Quirke (who plays her sister Sharon Theodopolopodous) and Lesley Joseph (who plays OTT neighbour Dorien Green).
She added that, instead of the acting roles she’d love, she tends to get offered more reality shows – and has been offered Strictly Come Dancing twice: "I've been asked a couple of times but I've always said no because I just can't dance. I'd be the joke. I'd be the one in Lycra being swung around, I'd be the Anne Widdecombe."
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