"We lost 12 stone between us": Birds Of A Feather actress Linda Robson her and co-star Pauline Quirke"s massive weight loss


'We lost 12 stone between us': Birds Of A Feather actress Linda Robson her and co-star Pauline Quirke's massive weight loss

A few years ago they had both unwittingly piled on the pounds.

But today Linda Robson and Pauline Quirke, who shot to fame on BBC1 sitcom Birds Of A Feather, are both slimline versions of their former selves.

And, as Linda, 53, revealed today on Daybreak, the twosome have lost a staggering 12 stone between them.

Worth the weight: Linda Robson couldn't stop smiling as she explained her weight loss on this morning's Daybreak

Worth the weight: Linda Robson couldn't stop smiling as she explained her weight loss on this morning's Daybreak

Three stone lighter: The actress explained that she and former Birds Of A Feather co-star Pauline Quirke have lost 12 stone between them

Three stone lighter: The actress explained that she and former Birds Of A Feather co-star Pauline Quirke have lost 12 stone between them

Three stone lighter: The actress explained that she and former Birds Of A Feather co-star Pauline Quirke have lost 12 stone between them

Dressed top to toe in slimming black, she appeared on the ITV1 show this morning to reveal all about the duo's battle with the bulge.

She said they had lost 12 stone between them, adding: 'I didn't realise that until this morning. Pauline's lost 8, and I've lost 3.'

During the course of their 45-year friendship Linda had always been the slimmer of the two ladies.

Give weight: Pauline Quirke was barely recognisable after she shed 8 1/2 stone

Give weight: Pauline Quirke was barely recognisable after she shed 8 1/2 stone

Give weight: Pauline Quirke was barely recognisable after she shed 8 1/2 stone

In fact, on the BBC1 sitcom that
aired in the early nineties, Pauline's character Sharon was always seen
filling her face with junk food.

However, last year the roles were reversed when Pauline underwent drastic weight loss.

Linda
said: 'I saw Pauline looking so fantastic – I mean the last time I saw
her she was probably the biggest I'd ever seen her, she was over 19
stone.

Inspiration: Linda found the motivation to lose weight after seeing her friend Pauline Quirke on This Morning last year

Inspiration: Linda found the motivation to lose weight after seeing her friend Pauline Quirke on This Morning last year

'And then she went off to do
Emmerdale and then when I saw some pictures in the paper, I thought, 'My
God, she looks fantastic'. And then I went onto This Morning and
surprised her, and I just couldn't recognise her.

'Her
whole frame – I mean you think shoulders, they're bones, they're not
going to get smaller – but they have. I mean she's got this tiny little
frame and I thought, “Right, I've got to do something about it”.'

After discovering that she was three stone overweight at 14st 7lb, Linda put herself on a strict diet plan and managed to get back down to 11st.

How they once were: Linda (left) and Pauline (right) with their former co-star Lesley Joseph

How they once were: Linda (left) and Pauline (right) with their former co-star Lesley Joseph

She also revealed her excitement about touring with the new stage adaptation of Birds of a Feather, admitting she gets on with co-star Lesley Joseph 'like a house on fire'.

Joking that it would be funny if Lesley was to put on weight, Linda said: 'She keeps texting me 'skinny', and I keep texting her back 'fatty'! But she's not, she's always been tiny.'