Pauline Quirke: I was the size of a sumo, my health was at risk, I HAD to lose weight!

Pauline Quirke: I was the size of a sumo, my health was at risk, I HAD to lose weight!

Pauline Quirke: I was the size of a sumo and putting my health at risk, I HAD to lose weight!

10:48 AM on 27th August 2011

Constant backache, painful knees, a worn out hip, Pauline Quirke reveals that ballooning to 20st was like carrying another person around. Now she’s determined the 7st she’s lost is staying off…

New lease of life: Pauline has never felt healthier since losing more than seven stone, left New lease of life: Pauline has never felt healthier since losing more than seven stone, left

New lease of life: Pauline Quirke has never felt healthier since losing more than seven stone, left

On Birds of a Feather with Linda Robson Pauline with her husband Steve in 1998: They renewed their wedding vows following her weightloss

Support: Pauline with her friend and Birds of Feather co-star Linda Robson, left, and with her husband Steve, right. They renewed their wedding vows earlier this year


Cover girl: Pauline never felt she could wear fashionable clothes when she was overweight

Cover girl: Pauline never felt she could wear fashionable clothes when she was overweight

“Joy to work on”: Pauline is relishing her role in soap Emmerdale